It’s OK for us to say that even Labour get it right occasionally

It may be tempting, in the face of shoddy behaviour, to simply dismiss every utterance of a modern-day Scottish Labour politician as irrelevant. But those in the Yes movement would do well to remember the strategy endorsed by Michelle Obama: “When they go low, we go high.”

What if some of the SNP’s 56 MPs were just a bit rubbish?

WHEN a relationship comes to a end, it’s tempting to focus on the positives. Maybe they really meant it when they said “it’s not you – it’s me.” Maybe it honestly was the case that “the timing just wasn’t right.” Anything to avoid the horrible possibility that you blew it or, worse still, they justContinue reading “What if some of the SNP’s 56 MPs were just a bit rubbish?”

Jeremy Corbyn: A poor imitation of an opposition leader?

IT must have been a poor imitator of Jeremy Corbyn who took over on Monday night, after the real McCoy finished his speech at the STUC conference in Aviemore. Surely the man himself wouldn’t have stormed down to Dunfermline, blamed the Scottish Government for the evils of his Westminster opponents and expected the Scots toContinue reading “Jeremy Corbyn: A poor imitation of an opposition leader?”

Criticising SNP policy should not be viewed as treason by Yes supporters

Subjecting SNP policy proposals to scrutiny doesn’t undermine the independence cause. On the contrary, it helps challenge perceptions of the Yes movement as a cult of blind obedience in which details don’t matter.

If Scotland’s drugs death are a “legacy issue”, why do we have more problem users than ever?

The solution to the west coast drug problem isn’t cracking down on supply with police raids and prosecutions – it’s addressing demand by improving grim lives.

A problem with polling … do you know who your candidates are?

Given how difficult it is to find full candidate lists for the Holyrood election, how much faith can we put in opinion polls that lump the small parties into the “other” category?