Don’t let the Muggles get you down, First Minister

‘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

Mackay was like a renegade elf… pinching back the gifts left by Santa

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

The end of the world and Brexit’s not even in sight

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

Carlaw takes Tories in a neon-conservative direction

Jackson Carlaw is a frightfully nice man who should not be allowed to dress himself. Yesterday at Holyrood he turned up sporting a chartreuse tie that hinted at a second job as the night manager of an Elvis-themed Las Vegas wedding chapel. It wasn’t quite atomic green but Fin Carson might want to get himself … Continue reading Carlaw takes Tories in a neon-conservative direction

Authenticity in politics? I’d rather have character, Darling.

Politics is nothing like normal life and the rules are different there. In normal life, it’s the quiet ones you have to keep an eye on, as every ashen neighbour who has ever told a TV news camera ‘he always kept himself to himself’ will attest. In politics, it’s the loud ones that need watching. … Continue reading Authenticity in politics? I’d rather have character, Darling.