Alex Salmond

Calton Calling

By Mike Small Get inspired … aspirational and inspirational talks from Calton Hill … all with thanks to Tim Fraser-Granados from Saor Alba Pictures. HARDEEP KOHLI & ELAINE C SMITH: FM ALEX SALMOND: NICOLA STURGEON: ALLAN GROGAN: DENNIS CANAVAN: MARGO… Read More ›

The Irn Lady

By Mike Small As Jimmy Reid famously said, he didn’t leave the Labour Party – the Labour Party left him. This is a week where that statement echoed down the years. Last week we poked fun at Ed Miliband’s content-free… Read More ›

Serco in Scotland

By Johnny Gailey On Friday 4th May at teatime, whilst the Scottish media’s eyes were firmly fixed on the local election counts being totted across the country, the Scottish Government slipped out the announcement that the preferred bidder for the… Read More ›

Jammy Smears

By Doug Daniel Before May 2011, no unionist (other than Wendy Alexander perhaps) had any inclination for Scotland to hold a referendum on independence. Since then, however, they have been clamoring for the referendum to come along as soon as… Read More ›

Devo Shsh

After months of demanding a referendum that is simple, clear and transparent. David Cameron has suggested a process that is top secret. You’ve heard of Devo Max and Devo Plus, welcome to Devo Shsh…by Doug Daniel David Cameron’s sudden (apparent)… Read More ›

The Spin Room

By Mike Small So what just happened? Watching the body language, maneuvering and positioning is fascinating. Salmond welcomes Cameron, and hand on back ushers him into a room before sitting in front of a huge yellow map. The table was… Read More ›

Show Me the Mone

By Mike Small Michelle Mone’s intervention in the independence campaign (‘Scottish lingerie tycoon Michelle Mone has threatened to move to England if Scotland votes for independence’) was the first big boob from the No Campaign. It show’s – if anything… Read More ›


By Mike Small Pundits seem to be coalescing around the idea that a ‘positive message’ is an essential part of political campaigning (nothing new here, see Pat’s Juggernaut of Joy thesis). Whether it’s Obama’s upbeat derivative (but ultimately empty) Yes… Read More ›

Bringing it On

By Doug Daniel  The 25th January 2012 brought the independence referendum another leap closer to reality, and did its best to shift the debate along, while not quite succeeding. We now have a published timeline of events detailing exactly why… Read More ›

Bad News

By Jamie Maxwell One of the most dispiriting aspects of the debate surrounding Scotland’s constitutional future has been the relentless, grinding superficiality with which the London-based media have covered it. The failure (or refusal) of many UK broadcasters and print… Read More ›

Dave’s Big Adventure

This is a terrible decision for Britain but potentially good news for Scottish independence. A reconstituted eurozone could offer a safe haven from the crazies of big business Bullingdon and hedgefunds represented by British Govt PLC.

Will Victory Take Us Left?

Scotland has its own civic culture which must be nurtured and developed in a direction which is decided by the Scottish People themselves, through their political and civic institutions and through the right to self-determination as enshrined in the UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in that they may freely determine their political status and purse their economic, social and cultural development. It must be for our people to determine their own political future through our own Scottish Parliament and for us then to freely enter into treaties of international law which will see us take a future position of cooperation and equality of development opportunities with all the people of the World in an end to colonialism, imperialism and exploitation.

Where Now for Scottish Labour?

By John McAllion The SNP’s crushing electoral victory has changed Britain’s political union for ever. Whatever else now happens, the constitutional and political status quo is no longer an option. The Scottish Parliament’s powers will change. Scotland’s political parties will… Read More ›

Independence Lite?

By Pat Kane (from Thoughtland) It’s fair to say – along with the not-so-gentle student arm-twisting of a newly elected representative for the South of Scotland region – that the veteran SNP grandee Jim Sillars is responsible for my current… Read More ›

It’s A New Dawn, It’s A New Day

Scotland has shown that it is no longer content to be a second-class satellite of a union that is built on a global city and a depressed, and increasingly unloved hinterland. Now is the time to start defining what it wants to be instead.

A Liminal Moment

By Mike Small ‘A relationship is like a shark. It’s got to keep on going forward. What we have is a dead shark.’ – Woody Allen Woody Allen’s views on the British constitution are not well known, but he neatly… Read More ›