The SNP Whelk Stall

BY EFFIE DEANS The problem with Scottish politics is that we have a devolved parliament that is uninterested in devolution. Scottish politicians of all political parties pretend to be interested in those areas of life that the Scottish Parliament actually controls, but campaign primarily on issues that we don’t control. The same goes for supporters. What areas are controlled by the Scottish Government. Well here … Continue reading The SNP Whelk Stall

SNP Shame

BY EDWARD THOMAS BLACK Every country has its shameful past. Fortunately – for most – the past is well in the past. A product of different times and difference circumstances. However one country in Europe is in the unfortunate position of simultaneously living its shameful past and its shameful present. That country is Scotland. Why should we Scots be living through shameful times? For one. … Continue reading SNP Shame

Scotland Ripe for Tory Surge

BY EFFIE DEANS One of the key tasks in British politics is to stop voters voting tribally. For generations people in the north of England voted Labour automatically. The same was the case in Scotland. It didn’t matter how good or bad a Conservative Government was, these voters would vote Labour no matter what. But this has changed in the past five years. Voters in … Continue reading Scotland Ripe for Tory Surge

Get Stuffed, Seaweed

BY MARK LEES There’s plenty to admire about Nicola Sturgeon. She’s come a long way since being nicknamed “Seaweed” at school – back then even the tide wouldn’t take her out. She’s graduated all the way up to First Minister and con-woman to boot. Be clear, people. Scottish Independence is a misdirection play. A distraction from the dire state of the NHS under SNP government … Continue reading Get Stuffed, Seaweed

Vote SNP, Please Putin

BY RUTH LEVINE In the last few years, as this magazine has reported before, the last resort of the beaten has been to smear opponents with Russian collusion. The Democrats in the US were first (they have now switched tack to “the Ukrainians”), Continuity Remain in the UK were next (who through the likes of Dominic Grieve rant on about the “Russian Dossier” and Brexit … Continue reading Vote SNP, Please Putin

Scottish Estates Under Threat

Scottish Grouse shooting estates fear any introduction of a licensing system will expose them further to false claims by campaigners vying to have them closed down. In 2017, Scottish Government announced an independent review of grouse shooting, looking at new legislative options including licensing. Campaigners want licensing so that, should criminality be suspected on a grouse moor, licences could be removed on a reduced proof … Continue reading Scottish Estates Under Threat

More Hunting Fake News

BY NIGEL BEAN I have already discussed in a previous article the pivotal role fake news played in securing the hunting ban in 2004 and gave the example of an article written by Anthony Bartlett, then public affairs editor for The Guardian. The article was mischievously entitled “Vets say hunted foxes die in agony” when in fact not one vet actually said that. The article … Continue reading More Hunting Fake News