Why we shouldn’t save Grangemouth

First published by The National At the start of a week in which the European Court of Human Rights found Switzerland culpable for failing to act on climate change, Scotland is debating the future of an oil refinery. Clearly I’m a strong believer in the need to...

So what now for the SNP Westminster group?

As a political strategist I often enjoy trying to work out in my head how I’d deal with a really difficult strategic situation (as long as it’s not actually on me). I guess it’s like a rollercoaster – a simulated crisis which helps me to...

The SNP is on the wrong side of a windfall tax

First published by The National So a 75 per cent windfall tax on oil company profits is absolutely fine and will have no adverse impact in Scotland but a 78 per cent windfall tax will cost 100,000 jobs? Seriously? Does that make sense to you? If politicians want to...

Here’s the truth about Britain’s nukes

Note: this was written before the news about a Trident missile misfire. It’s almost as if someone was trying to prove my point about ‘dusty old bombs’. This isn’t an isolated incident – in 2016 we launched a Trident missile which went in...

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