Matheson: explaining the inexplicable

It had not been my intention to write about the SNP and Michael Matheson again but people keep contacting me in bewilderment asking me if I can offer any coherent reason for why any of this has happened. Briefly, this is my best assessment – but throughout just hold...

This is an election without economic substance

The fundamental problem with this election? No-one will talk about the underlying real issues facing Scotland and the UK with any seriousness. Everything is talked about in various combinations of political cliché which now have almost the specific purpose of...

Has John Swinney just handed Holyrood to Labour?

I’m hammering away at two separate deadlines when a press release from Scottish Labour about FMQs pops in. It is about some sort of scandalous outrage or other, but it doesn’t actually say what it was. I wondered if this was just hyperbole. Then an alert...

The SNP steps off the side of a tower block…

It is one of my favourite little parables which I use often, cribbed from the wonderful film La Haine. A man stands on the roof of a tower block and approaches the edge. He looks down to the street far below, and steps off. As he falls, over and over he repeats to...

Nic Transit Gloria Mundi

As the news broke of Peter Murrell being charged with embezzlement, I was on a video call with a young American graduate who had moved to Scotland a little over a year ago. She wanted to understand the barriers to faster land reform and I raised Nicola...

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