A victory with no victors and losers who refuse to lose

In case you missed it, the No campaign won the independence referendum. This might come as a surprise, with celebrations of the result ranging all the way from low-key to non-existent. (Save for a few troglodytes in George Square whose ability to drag their knuckles without possession of opposable thumbs was quite a feat.) TalesContinue reading “A victory with no victors and losers who refuse to lose”

Indyref Daily: Outrage as Scotland defies sovereign will of Byres Road

The democratic process has been thrown into chaos after a majority of Scots voted against the clearly expressed wishes of people who shop in Whole Foods. Friday morning’s referendum result brought an eerie chill to Byres Road. In the independent coffee shops, patrons wept into their double tall soy caramel macchiatos (hold the foam). Tchai-OvnaContinue reading “Indyref Daily: Outrage as Scotland defies sovereign will of Byres Road”

Why the Scottish Independence Referendum Matters

Long a fringe phenomenon, Scottish independence might become a reality this Friday • How did this happen? • Was it because of Scottish nationalism or economics? • What will independence mean for Britain and the West? • And what are the ramifications for Israel? • Stephen Daisley, referendum reporter for Scotland’s leading commercial broadcaster, explains. CloseContinue reading “Why the Scottish Independence Referendum Matters”

A referendum debate that showed us at our best

STV’s Tuesday night town hall debate came down to a tie — a multicoloured disco-sticks number sported by moderator Bernard Ponsonby. The broadcaster is respected for his inscrutable neutrality and the distinctive neckwear was the one bold expression he allowed himself. Of course a tie is just a tie — though it’s good to seeContinue reading “A referendum debate that showed us at our best”

The final ever TV debate drinking game. We promise. Maybe.

Another week, another debate. What these people still have left to disagree about is beyond me. Alistair Darling has conceded that an independent Scotland could use the pound without a currency union. And the Scottish Government agrees with its UK counterpart so much that it wants to share the currency, central bank, monarchy, welfare systemContinue reading “The final ever TV debate drinking game. We promise. Maybe.”

Salmond bested Darling but faces race against time to win voters

We join this movie at its climax. Our hero and his nemesis — we leave you to decide which is which — have just duked it out in a fast-paced, stylishly edited fight scene and return, bloody-faced and scraped-knuckled, to their respective lairs. A power-pop montage with 80s synthesisers as they pound steps, leap overContinue reading “Salmond bested Darling but faces race against time to win voters”

Salmond vs Darling debate is chance to win undecideds

This is it. Rarely do you get a second chance in politics but Alex Salmond gets one tonight in the BBC’s referendum debate with Alistair Darling. Of course, Salmond is a man accustomed to overcoming tough odds. He is leader (for the second time) of a party which once expelled him for left-wing agitation. InContinue reading “Salmond vs Darling debate is chance to win undecideds”

Against complacency and despondency after referendum debate

Pitfalls of media groupthink, example no. 486. Going into STV’s live referendum debate, most journalists and commentators – this observer included – expected a clear victory for Alex Salmond. If Alistair Darling could hope for anything, it would be a close fight or a draw. Mr Salmond was a warm, engaging populist who never letContinue reading “Against complacency and despondency after referendum debate”

The Team Scotland tartan, the Scottish cringe and the indyref

Couldn’t they just go back to blowing up blocks of flats? The Team Scotland parade uniforms for the Commonwealth Games were unveiled on Sunday and confirmed Glasgow’s determination to win gold in the neck-reddening category. First Glasgow 2014 proposed an uplifting opening ceremony in which the Red Road flats would be blown to smithereens; nowContinue reading “The Team Scotland tartan, the Scottish cringe and the indyref”

Eyal, Gilad and Naftali — a response

How should Israel respond to the brutal murder of three schoolboys? “Proportionately,” The World says. “With restraint.” As if it is the hallmark of a civilised society that it views coolly and dispassionately the slaughter of its young. “They were illegal settlers,” say the fellow-travellers with Palestinian rejectionism. “They shouldn’t have been there in theContinue reading “Eyal, Gilad and Naftali — a response”