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Julie McAnulty

In Right of the Crown?

By Sarah Salyers While ‘the nation mourned’ the death of Queen Elizabeth, officially anyway, Scotland had its own reason for mourning. Along with the mortal remains of Elizabeth Windsor, the establishment buried a permanent and crucially important constitutional settlement beneath an entirely English pageant representing an entirely English, constitutional monarchy. There are, in fact, two… Read More »In Right of the Crown?

White Noise

It’s Christmas time, as the song goes. I was out with one of my Indy friends and over lunch we discussed the state of the nation and the way we thought things were heading. Later on, we moved onto more mundane subjects; I was laughing about a gig that I was doing in a bar… Read More »White Noise

The Past is a Foreign Country – They Do Things Differently There.

    A great deal has been said about the SNP’s frankly underwhelming launch of its economic plan on Monday. More qualified commentators than us have gone through it line by line re its economics and we don’t intend to repeat that here; you can see those analyses on Robin McAlpine’s page or on Richard… Read More »The Past is a Foreign Country – They Do Things Differently There.

Why is the Budget not being Stopped?

  There’s a scene in Yes Prime Minister with Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey, the Machiavellian head of the civil service. Hacker has just become PM and has decided that he wants to ‘take action’. This consists of cancelling Trident, investing £15billion in conventional defences and re-introducing conscription, thus saving on the balance of payments,… Read More »Why is the Budget not being Stopped?

This Week in Scotland – 06/08/22 – 12/08/22

06/08/22 – 12/08/22 Naming the Dead – the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Anniversaries Last week, the 6th and 9th August marked the 77th anniversaries of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks. It was remembered in a dutiful but unexceptional fashion by all concerned. It’s in stark contrast to the annual reporting and ceremonies that precede… Read More »This Week in Scotland – 06/08/22 – 12/08/22

It’s 2026 or Bust

Do you remember the 2011 AV referendum? Probably not. It came and went in the blink of an eye, a few months after the 2010 Westminster election. It was part of the deal that Nick Clegg did with David Cameron in return for forming a coalition with the Tories. The Tories shook hands on it… Read More »It’s 2026 or Bust

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