Off on my holidays

Right, that’s me away off on my holidays. I’ll be away for two weeks enjoying myself a lot not thinking about politics. What wonders will await my return? Will the US Supreme Court have introduced mandatory amputations for shoplifting? Will Boris Johnstone...

How to win at shadow boxing

I feel constantly caught between my desire to be positive and constructive and what my rational mind is telling me about the reality I can see. These don’t match. But I still want to make a constructive contribution where I can so let’s have a look at how...

Are we in a Cohen Brothers movie?

Among my favourite filmmakers of the last 40, the Cohen Brothers rank highly – I’ve been hooked since I ‘accidentally’ wandered into a screening of Miller’s Crossing at the Glasgow Film Theatre when I was a only 18. Cohen Brother films are...

For me, today is a day of sadness

Some of my days are angry days (you make have noticed). Some days are hopeful, some days are all about frustration, some days a kind of pure despair. Today I am mostly sad. In theory at least today should have been ‘the big coming together’, the moment...

Who signed up to the squeeze?

In writing a fast budget analysis from my sickbed last week I omitted to include something which was important. It is important to explain what is the mechanism which is squeezing funding in Scotland and to ask who signed it off and why. To understand the problem it...

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