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
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.
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
As soon as my home, Eilean Siar, voted no I knew it was all over. I must point out though that Barra voted Yes and I’m very proud of them. I didn’t stay up that late because I knew it was just going to get worse and worse. Eilean siar was supposed to be Yes.… Continue reading The aftermath
I’ve been out canvassing first with Yes Southside then Yes Cathcart for the best part of two years. When I delivered the first of many hundreds of leaflets it really felt a bit like the day wouldn’t come although, of course, at that point we didn’t even know when the day would be. As it… Continue reading The finish line
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.