Year: 2013

Merry Christmas

The other night I watched “A Christmas Carol”, the film of the novel by Charles Dickens.  While the poverty of the Londoners of that era tugged at the heartstrings, it is difficult to accept that the same situation is developing…

‘All Aboard’

I was fortunate enough to find myself at the Scottish Government’s ‘Stakeholder Engagement’ Q&A event in Edinburgh last week – the first of its kind and organised with the stated intent of reaching out to ‘civic’ Scotland.  Held at the…

Glasgow’s Time to Shine

It’s been quite a difficult time in Glasgow – first with the tragic events unfolding as a helicopter crashed into the Clutha Vaults pub, and then with the reaction to the sad loss of Glasgow’s most famous adopted son Nelson…

Talking Independence

One of the most momentous weeks of my life took a turn for the worse by Saturday morning.  Tuesday’s media launch of the White Paper was a fascinating study in how London-based journalists ‘just don’t get us’ and/or resent the…

Fact, not Fiction

In the Herald on Sunday Ian McWhirter said of the Scottish Government’s White Paper on Independence, Scotland’s Future, that “Not since the tablets of stone descended from Mount Sinai has any document been more eagerly awaited or expectations greater”. Does…

Better Late Than Never

So, former Lord Provost of Glasgow, Alex Mosson, has publicly declared that he will be voting YES next year. According the political editor of The Herald today a press release from YES Scotland states that Mr Mosson said :- “People…

Lest We Forget

For political watchers, the impending Scottish Government White Paper, due to be released on 26 November –http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/White-Paper-date-549.aspx – is what we await, and what will set the tone for the forthcoming months through winter and into 2014.  There will be much…

Interesting Times

The ancient, and probably best known of Chinese curses is the wish “May you live in interesting times”, and this can be fairly applied to Scotland today.  The latest bombshell for Scotland is the loss of 835 jobs at Scottish…

SNP Annual Conference

By general agreement, the 2013 SNP Annual Conference, the last before the Referendum was a great success! Held in the most difficult of circumstances, in the shadow of the dire threat to the Grangemouth workforce and possible blow to the…

The View from Ivory Towers

Whilst the YES Scotland campaign sums up the 2014 Referendum as the biggest grassroots/community campaign Scotland will have ever seen (I wonder if John MacCormick would be throwing his arms aloft with copies of the National Covenant, saying ‘beat me’!),…