All progress is war on the past and millennials are particularly merciless combatants. The arrival of Friends on Netflix UK has had this neo-Victorian generation reaching for its fainting couch. Through woke eyes, the hit NBC sitcom isn’t a diverting entertainment but an artefact of racism, sexism and homophobia. If you were a twentysomething during … Continue reading The one where millennials don’t get Friends
It's not a good sign when a sketch writer worries about a breakdown in civility at Holyrood. Parliamentary rammies are our bread and butter; a debate that goes off smoothly is a waste of good ink. Yet last week's rancorous bout of First Minister's Questions left me cold and, if I'm honest, troubled. I am … Continue reading Poisoned, partisan – no wonder the public are tired of a tribal Holyrood
Right, so I have this random love for all things Australia. I’ve never actually been but I’m sort of obsessed with the country, the people, the politics, the culture, the idiosyncratic ways. I’m not saying I’m stalking the Commonwealth or anything but it should probably have some Vegemite handy to keep me at bay. (It’s … Continue reading Why I love Australia
WILLIE: You lied! NICOLA: You're a pathetic attention seeker! KEN: Leave it out, the pair of you! Bit early for EastEnders, I thought, checking my watch. No, this was First Minister's Questions, from the hallowed chamber of the nation's parliament, and Nicola Sturgeon was in the middle of a slanging match that would get her … Continue reading It was worse than chucking out time at the Queen Vic
I was eight years old before I learned I was a Catholic. We went to Mass every week and the crucifix that stared down at me from above the blackboard at St Monica's Primary School was something of a giveaway. But that just meant I was a Catholic. What was this Catholic thing all about? … Continue reading Failed Football Act was never going to rid our nation of its sectarian stain
'You have the right to remain silent,' intones the detective when he finally gets his man. It's a familiar scene from US cop shows and, from the end of the month, police in Scotland will mimic the procedure when placing suspects under arrest. If Nicola Sturgeon ever decided to pursue a criminal record -- beyond … Continue reading There’s been a murder… of open government
I don’t know where people get the idea the SNP is intolerant of criticism. Scotland’s most open-minded party has released a new video that appears to be an attack on one of its critics dressed up as a party political broadcast. The video depicts a group of thirtysomethings gathered for a house party. They are Scottish but … Continue reading Why has the SNP inflicted this video on us?