‘Will Jackson Carlaw explain to me, right now, where in the Budget he wants us to take the money from? Is it from health? Is it from education? Is it from local government? I am waiting with bated breath for the answer.’ Yes, it was another lively session of Questions from the First Minister, Nicola … Continue reading Don’t let the Muggles get you down, First Minister
A buzz of excitement crackled through Holyrood as the Budget was handed down. Not for Derek Mackay’s speech – God love him – but because the proceedings were scored to the whirr-growl-thrum of an orchestra of mobile phones. Updates from Westminster whooshed in and MSPs jabbed their screens in anticipation of some fresh calamity. By … Continue reading Mackay was like a renegade elf… pinching back the gifts left by Santa
I want Derek Mackay to read this so I’m going to start by saying something nice about him. This column has been known to have a dig or two at the Finance Secretary but make no mistake: he is a skilled politician with legitimate ambitions to lead his party. When he replaced John Swinney in … Continue reading How Derek Mackay can help the Tartan Tiger roar
Fidel Castro used to deliver nine-hour speeches and have his political opponents shot. Patrick Harvie tries to combine the two: during his 301-word question at Holyrood yesterday, some Tory MSPs took on the glazed register of people longing for a bottle of brandy and a revolver. Mr Harvie does not mean to torture his opponents. … Continue reading The end of the world and Brexit’s not even in sight
The First Minister is ready for her close-up. As soon as she got wind of a live Brexit debate, up went Nicola Sturgeon’s peremptory demand that she be included. It is an invariable law of Scottish physics that the shortest distance at any given time is between the First Minister and a TV camera. A … Continue reading Sturgeon in the Brexit TV debate? Pass the remote.