Iain Gray’s Remarkable No-Man Band

29 March 2011 19:12

Meanwhile, STV have a poll asking punters who they think would make the best First Minister. The results are almost entertaining: Don’t Know – 37% Alex Salmond – 30% None… Continue reading


Dogs Will Not Lie Down With Cats.

29 March 2011 18:56

I’m fonder of wacky political hypotheticals than the next fellow but even I draw the line at Sunder Katwala’s assertion that some people can see a path towards a Labour-SNP… Continue reading


Eck The Comeback Kid?

16 February 2011 1:49

Though this blog has tried to ignore the fact, there are elections to the Scottish Parliament this year. In just over ten weeks time in fact. I’ve ignored the subject… Continue reading


The Looming Liberal Democrat Paradox

3 February 2011 2:23

You know, when you see that Neil Clark has written a piece for the Guardian arguing that, from his perspective, this government is even worse than Margaret Thatcher’s you might… Continue reading


Oh Christ, Bloody Lockerbie Again

8 December 2010 3:49

Whaddyaknow, Wikileaks have some Lockerbie-related cables? Unfortunately they’re only about the release of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi and so less interesting – or perhaps simply less illuminating – than Lockerbie-related cables… Continue reading


Who got good value-for-money in the general election?

2 December 2010 14:36

Coffee House has wrung today’s party expenditure figures through the calculator to produce the colourful graphs below. As the headings suggest, they show how much was spent by each party*… Continue reading


The Scottish Nationalist Pathology

2 December 2010 1:44

Commenting on this post, "Robert the Bruce 2.0" complains: Scotland has its own Government, Parliament, Courts, Legal System, Royal Household, Great Offices of State, Flag, Banner, Badge, Anthem, Language, Lingo,… Continue reading


Devolution 2.0: A Centre-Right Revival?

1 December 2010 14:47

On this, at least, there is consensus: devolution has proved a disappointment. How could it be otherwise when the Scottish parliament was granted power without responsibility? A parliament that may… Continue reading


Another Irish Loser: Alex Salmond

15 November 2010 17:05

There are precious few heroes in Ireland today and no gods either. But not all the losers are Irish either. Some are Scottish. Chief among them, Alex Salmond and the… Continue reading


Weak, weak, weak

27 October 2010 15:00

Weak again. For the second session in a row Miliband was feeble at PMQs. He opened in his quiet-assassin mode with a quickie question. ‘There are reports that the government… Continue reading


The unavoidable cruelty of necessary cuts

19 October 2010 16:59

Even though the SDSR promises that it “will be used by units returning from Germany or retained for other purposes,” the loss of RAF Kinloss will still be a body… Continue reading


Salmond Derangement Syndrome

10 October 2010 0:32

The main sufferers of this admittedly rare condition are London-based Scots. Fraser, I’m afraid, seems to have come down with a case of SDS if this post is anything to… Continue reading


Who speaks for Scotland?

9 October 2010 16:51

Ten years ago, when I was doing my tour of duty as a reporter in the Scottish Parliament, I had a talk with an SNP figure, who shall remain nameless,… Continue reading


Alex Salmond’s Women Problem

10 August 2010 13:05

No, not that kind, the vote-winning kind. Despite the fact that the party itself has honoured or at least admired warrior queens (in the members’ estimation) such as Winnie Ewing,… Continue reading


The SNP was responsible, all the way

20 July 2010 18:03

A little odd, and certainly inconvenient, that al-Megrahi still lives and breathes. Then again, Scotland’s a notoriously unhealthy place and a bit of desert air probably did him some good.… Continue reading


The Lockerbie Conspiracy

16 July 2010 0:57

First things first: it is extremely inconvenient, even embarrassing, that Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi is still alive nearly a year after he was released from Greenock Prison on the grounds that… Continue reading


Salmond Accepts Reality

25 June 2010 13:51

A very interesting interview with Il Tartanissimo in the Times today in which Salmond accepts, quite candidly, that independence isn’t happening any time soon: “The centre of gravity in Scottish… Continue reading


Bannockburn Should Be Celebrated

25 May 2010 14:28

The usually estimable David Maddox has a very strange post up at the Scotsman’s politics blog complaining that Alex Salmond wants to exploit the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn. Apparently: While… Continue reading


Bercow remains Speaker, as Parliament reconvenes

18 May 2010 15:00

David Cameron sat alongside Nick Clegg on the government benches, with Harriet Harman two sword-lengths away as leader of the Opposition.  Even though the coalition has been around for a… Continue reading


The developing picture

11 May 2010 12:37

The emnity between Labour and the SNP is legendary. Scenting opportunity, Angus Robertson has tried to appeal to Labour’s progressive instincts and substantial Scottish support to secure protection from cuts.… Continue reading


This isn’t English

11 May 2010 10:51

‘The Tories are stuffed,’ a resigned Shadow Cabinet minister tells Gary Gibbon. Endorsing any such view is premature but, with Lib Dem elders counselling Clegg to join Labour, the most… Continue reading


Where are Labour’s manners?

8 May 2010 15:29

For all the feverish political activity in Westiminster today – and beyond the occasional voting reform protest – there’s a strange, impermeable calm to the situation.  Everything is going on… Continue reading


Cameron Should Also Talk to Alex Salmond

7 May 2010 15:51

Whither Scotland? Well, apart from Labour regaining the two seats it lost in by-elections not a single seat changed hands north of the border. Indeed there was a swing to… Continue reading


The Scottish Question

28 April 2010 0:24

The other day a wise friend, lamenting the "madness" of the people carried away with Cleggmania, fretted that it all amounts to the beginning of the end. For the Union,… Continue reading


Shock: the SNP are Right to Complain About the Debates

25 April 2010 15:17

No-one should be surprised that the SNP are going to court to try and change the terms and conditions of this week’s final "Leaders’ Debate". What may be more surprising… Continue reading