This is not a conversion column. It is not ‘My journey to Brexit’ or ‘A Remainer repenteth’. What follows is a resignation to reality. I voted to stay in the European Union for economic reasons and, yes, because I wanted to give a righteous two fingers to Nigel Farage and his odious hate-mongering. I still … Continue reading Brexit fills me with dread but People’s Vote scares me more
The spotlight, perched on high in the gods, bathed the stage. A murmur ran through the audience as the main feature began to roll. The star swept into view in bubblegum pink, ready for her close-up, and her fans erupted as they always do. All party conference speeches are performances but Nicola Sturgeon must put … Continue reading Mother Scotland, the Oprah Winfrey of Glasgow Southside
From every beam of every ceiling in Glasgow's SECC droops the same giant banner: 'HOPE', styled in Nationalist yellow and black. From a distance, it looks like a motivational talk has got out of hand and staged a military coup. Underneath, SNP members trudge in dismay from conference halls to party tat stalls. Their only … Continue reading Ian Blackford belched out words like a stubby little chimney
After their years of navel-gazing politics provoked the populist spasms we are now contending with, the major parties have decided to inspect their belly buttons some more until the problem goes away. At least, that appears to be the strategy. How else to explain the state of politics today? The Conservatives occasionally squeeze a bit … Continue reading Richard Leonard is turning Scottish Labour into Corbynism with a kilt
There is an eerie pitch to Scottish politics these days. It began the year as a mumble, inaudible to all but those listening intently, but in the past few months the volume has swelled. A cawing groan echoes through the forbidding corridors of St Andrew’s House and winds its way down Calton Hill to stalk … Continue reading Nicola Sturgeon’s zombie government
After Theresa May shimmied onto the conference stage in Birmingham to ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’, I had hoped Nicola Sturgeon would make more of her entrance to First Minister’s Questions. Maybe she and Derek Mackay would lead the rest of the Cabinet in a Dashing White Sergeant across the debating chamber. Great was my disappointment when … Continue reading RoboSturgeon in no mood for dancing
I wasn't around to see Titus welcomed back to Rome after the conquest of Jerusalem, Nelson hailed in Naples for sinking the French on the Nile, or the Lisbon Lions and their European Cup roared around Celtic Park in an open-top lorry but I got to witness Ruth Davidson's reception at Conservative conference five months … Continue reading She’s the toast of the Tories but what does Ruth Davidson stand for?