For the sake of the monarchy, long may the Queen reign

Oh to be a republican today. The flags, the bunting, the crowds crammed into Edinburgh's Waverley Station iPhones at the ready. Cloying front pages, peppy breakfast presenters and breathless royal correspondents. Royalist Britain — which is to say Britain — in a carnival atmosphere for its sovereign's special day. It must be hell. The Queen's … Continue reading For the sake of the monarchy, long may the Queen reign

David Cameron is wrong on refugees but he’s not the only one

“Anyone here been raped and speaks English?” one of those brilliant bastards of the trade would proclaim upon arriving in the latest war zone. That reporterly black humour speaks not just to Fleet Street cynicism but to the reality of foreign news: It feels very far away until it reaches our shores. The rising tide … Continue reading David Cameron is wrong on refugees but he’s not the only one

Independence is coming. It’s now only a matter of time.

Let’s just get this out of the way right from the start: Scotland is going to be independent in our lifetime. I know it seemed like we said No in last year’s referendum but it was actually “not right now”. The timing wasn’t right, key questions remained unanswered, and Alex Salmond just rubbed some people … Continue reading Independence is coming. It’s now only a matter of time.

Nicola Sturgeon goes back to basics in policy agenda speech

In politics, celebrated strategist Kenny Rogers (almost) advised, you gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, and know when to keep people who read the Daily Mail on side. That is what Nicola Sturgeon does in her programme for government, unveiled in Edinburgh on Tuesday. The delivery was calm and assured … Continue reading Nicola Sturgeon goes back to basics in policy agenda speech