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Bye-bye, Herr Juncker

Bye-bye, Herr Juncker

Why did the United Kingdom decide to abandon the European Union? Here are the main 20 reasons as I see them, in no particular order. Widespread international frustration with the global political and banking establishment manifested itself clearly throughout the United Kingdom in this referendum. Britons who felt that mainstream political parties and bureaucracy habitually over-rode […]

Teacakes for brains

Teacakes for brains

Many years ago, when Michael Forsyth was the Scottish Secretary in one of the Thatcher governments, there was a meeting at Bute House, the Westminster base of the Scottish Office. Mr Forsyth was surrounded by eager young Tory pups and asked if any of them could help him remember the name of a high-tech company […]

Why did Scotland vote No?

Why did Scotland vote No?

  The separation soufflé has collapsed, but why did Scotland reject the Yes campaign so decisively? Here are the Top 18 reasons as I see them. The Yes campaign didn’t do the work. Spinning emotions and weaving dreams might have suited dedicated nationalists and wooed more-impressionable waverers, but the lack of hard financial fact was […]

If you're not for us ...

If you’re not for us …

The recent protest outside BBC Scotland by the Yes Scotland campaign will have been wearily familiar to anyone who has worked in the media in Scotland in the last half-century. Barely a week has gone by in the last 50 years without a political organisation alleging bias of some sort when a story hasn’t suited its agenda. […]

All thanks to Gordon Brown

All thanks to Gordon Brown

You don’t often hear praise for former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The big blot on his record as Chancellor of the Exchequer will always be selling off vast amounts of the UK’s gold reserves when the market price was near-bottom. Yet there is one huge reason why we need to thank him, I have always thought, […]

Aunt Ruth would be hopping mad

Aunt Ruth would be hopping mad

I am very, very irked with the Scottish National Party at the moment. In February, my Aunt Ruth died at the age of 88. She had been a lifelong supporter of the SNP. She had marched with them on demonstrations, even when well into old age. She had attended their conferences as a delegate. She […]

Scotland loses a fine politician

Scotland loses a fine politician

I was very sorry to hear of the death of Margo Macdonald MSP at the age of 70. She was one of the finest intellects in the Scottish Parliament, as well as a woman who thought always of the electorate first and herself and politics second. That order of priorities is all too rare in […]

Salmond's irk at the BBC

Salmond’s irk at the BBC

There are no signs that the spat between Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, and the BBC is going to die down. Mr Salmond is still smarting after BBC Sport withdrew an invitation for Mr Salmond to appear in TV coverage of the annual Scotland-England rugby match. He complained that the senior BBC executive who withdrew […]

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