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Julie McAnulty

Girl Holding Yes Poster

Plebiscite Petition

The ISP are launching a petition to make the May 2021 Holyrood election a plebiscite on independence. Czechoslovakia became the Czech Republic and Slovakia after the Slovakians voted in a general election for Vladimir Meciar’s ‘Movement for a Democratic Slovakia.’ Other countries have become independent without the ‘permission’ of the country they were leaving. The ISP is… Read More »Plebiscite Petition

Varys Tyrion GOT

It Depends on the Soldier

There’s a scene in Game of Thrones where Varys, the GOT equivalent of Sir Humphrey poses Tyrion Lannister a riddle. There is a king, a priest, a merchant and a soldier. The king, priest and merchant want the soldier to kill the other two. The king appeals to his loyalty, the priest to his religious… Read More »It Depends on the Soldier


Taking the Wheel

Some years ago, a friend of mine was on a car journey along the motorway, with their brother driving. The night before there had been a storm and high winds. The bad weather had continued into the morning before easing, but the wind was still strong. They were chatting in the car and as they continued… Read More »Taking the Wheel

Electoral Commission

The Ticking Timetable

We note with interest the article in the National today featuring Ian Blackford, that asserts that we are going to have a referendum in 2021. We lay out, without comment, the timetable that this would have to follow under the PPERA 2000  (Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000) and the Referendums (Scotland) Act 2020.… Read More »The Ticking Timetable

Angus MacNeil and Chris McEleny

Wheest for Federalism

Article by:  Andrew Bentley-Steed The SNP have just one job.  One.  But this morning, Angus B MacNeil MP conceded that after all the effort he and Councillor Chris McEleny had put into arguing for a Plan B, there was to be none.  I doubt they are feart.  Remember that Councillor McEleny has been booed and… Read More »Wheest for Federalism


Gunboat Diplomacy

It used to be called gunboat diplomacy. In the days of the British Empire, if one of the colonies started kicking off, the Navy would sail a gunboat into the country’s main port and sit there until the locals got the message and calmed down. The trouble in Scotland is that the gunboats are here… Read More »Gunboat Diplomacy