Letter to a Prime Minister in more trouble than he realises

Dear Boris, Welcome back to Scotland. It’s always good to see a Prime Minister travelling north of the border, even when he isn’t convinced there is a border. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy to see you and some nationalists even think you ought to have secured permission to come here. That is absurd, though noContinue reading “Letter to a Prime Minister in more trouble than he realises”

Sunak’s bailout billions mean tough choices ahead

Poor old Boris. He’s not even been Prime Minister a full year and already his replacement is being anointed. Rishi Sunak is the heir apparent, apparently, and it is not simply because of his largesse with the national credit card. His handling of the coronavirus recession has been impressive, not least for managing to keepContinue reading “Sunak’s bailout billions mean tough choices ahead”

Neil Oliver and Scotland’s cultural purge

After three years in the post, Neil Oliver’s decision to stand down as president of the National Trust for Scotland should be an occasion for sincere thanks. The television historian should be congratulated for his contributions and shown gratitude for his service to protecting and promoting Scottish heritage. Passion and public-spiritedness, both of which Oliver displaysContinue reading “Neil Oliver and Scotland’s cultural purge”

The future of the Union is in Michael Gove’s hands

Who is the most important figure in government? Not Boris Johnson. The Prime Minister is the front-of-house manager but those are subject to change every five years. Nor is it Dominic Cummings, central though he is to this administration’s policy and positioning. No, the answer is Michael Gove. The ceremonial duties of the Chancellor ofContinue reading “The future of the Union is in Michael Gove’s hands”

Sturgeon’s media meltdown: Salmondism without Salmond

Alex Salmond made an unexpected return to St Andrew’s House yesterday. Nicola Sturgeon delivered the daily coronavirus briefing but the tone was unmistakably that of her predecessor. There was the high indignation and low sarcasm, delivered with the familiar troika of political peevishness: the snark, the snarl and the sneer. Forced attempts at bonhomie wereContinue reading “Sturgeon’s media meltdown: Salmondism without Salmond”