Commentary

Organise

Jenny Lindsay argues for the need for reflection and (re) organisation. In the gut-wrenching weekend that has followed the referendum result, social media is awash with people calling for action. A march, a 45 twibbon, another petition, getting back on… Read More ›

Divide and Rule

Kate Gallogly-Swan Our 18th century European ancestors were talented at remorselessly colonising the globe. Among many successful methods, one tactic prevailed in the destruction they waged: that old chestnut, Divide and Rule. The vestiges of Divide and Rule, where the… Read More ›

We tried our best

by Kevin Williamson All over Scotland people are hurting right now.  Myself included.  The professional commentators probably don’t realise just how deep nor how wide this hurt runs.  When my partner took our five year old son to his primary school this… Read More ›

Dear Scotland

By Christopher Silver When you wake up on Friday, don’t change. A lot will have changed by then, obviously. A line will have been crossed, you’ll find yourself thrown into a new space, perhaps a different mindset. Either way, in… Read More ›

The New Reality

By Peter Arnott Raymond Williams, the Welsh critic whose lectures I was once privileged to attend (free) as a student  in England, wrote in Culture and Society (1958) these words I have tattooed on my heart: “There are ideas and… Read More ›

Yes, But

By Richard Gunn I know that it’s late in the day, but maybe it is time to reconsider fundamentals. In Scotland, perhaps we should support not a YES campaign, but a YES, BUT campaign. A YES, BUT campaign would (as… Read More ›

Among the Atavists

By Jamie Allinson (republished with thanks from The Disorder of Things) If there is one especially lazy characterization among the many about Scotland’s independence referendum, it is the description of the Yes movement as motivated by ‘atavistic ethnic tribalism’ or… Read More ›

Cereal Abuse

Just who was behind the worst TV advert of the campaign that caused such a backlash from women across Scotland? Turns out it was Douglas Alexander ‘Labour strategy chief Douglas Alexander gets blame for ‘patronising’ TV ad backfiring’. The video by… Read More ›

Royal Bank of Somewhere

By Mike Small In 2012 Lesley Riddoch wrote: “We are currently witnessing the collapse of de-regulated Britain. All we can anticipate is a welter of sticking plaster solutions when we need fundamental change. Radical change requires firmly held, widely shared moral… Read More ›

12 Stories True

One of the great myths that’s perpetuated in the media – you hear this a lot on the radio – is the one that ‘both sides are excited about the huge turnout’ – or ‘both sides have been involved in encouraging people… Read More ›

Only 11 Days!

Given that the much-trumpeted ‘game-changer’ of a radical proposal to announce a new federal Britain seems to have fizzled out in the wake of a generalised incompetence, and some tricky legal problems, here’s a few handy hints about what might work… Read More ›