The relentless pace of Scottish politics

Remember the days when we had an election every four years and that was pretty much it? The pace of Scottish and British politics has increased and these days seem well and truly gone. In 2014 we had a European election and the independence referendum which dominated everything in Scotland particularly during the summer. We… Continue reading The relentless pace of Scottish politics

Youngsters may be Westminster bound.

For last year’s independence referendum young people aged 16 and 17 were given the vote for the first time. A huge number of them took this on with great enthusiasm and relished the opportunity to be part of the democratic process. The intelligence, good humour and enthusiasm of the likes of Saffron Dixon and Liam… Continue reading Youngsters may be Westminster bound.

The case of the missing powers

It’s been two weeks since Scotland rejected independence by 45% to 55%. Many people who voted no did so because in the final weeks leading up to the referendum Miliband, Cameron and Clegg came charging up to Scotland in a panic to promise us more powers. We then had Gordon Brown enter the media fray… Continue reading The case of the missing powers

I always wanted a paper round.

Yesterday there was a debate in the Westminster parliament on Scotland’s place in the UK. It was predictably based on fear and very one sided, contributions by Messrs Wishart and MacNeil excepted. When they were allowed to speak they were shouted down by MPs who refused to listen to another side. Then this morning we… Continue reading I always wanted a paper round.