And Nothing but the Truth

BY EFFIE DEANS If it turns out to be true that the Scottish Government paid £55,000 pounds to coach civil servants before they gave testimony to the Salmond Inquiry and if it also turns out to be true that these same civil servants met each other prior to testifying, then it will be impossible to avoid the conclusion that the whole system of Government in … Continue reading And Nothing but the Truth

Salmond V Sturgeon

BY EFFIE DEANS My initial reaction to Alex Salmond’s revelations was to be underwhelmed. The rather long, boring legalistic text that he intends to submit to the Inquiry has nothing juicy. We don’t find out that Nicola Sturgeon knew about Alex Salmond’s behaviour in 2014. We don’t find out that she has been leading a rather scandalous double life. We don’t find out that she … Continue reading Salmond V Sturgeon

The Price of Free Gifts

BY EFFIE DEANS In recent days the SNP has decided to offer free school meals to all primary school children and to offer £500 to all NHS and social care workers. There is little doubt that free things are popular in Scotland. Who doesn’t like a bargain especially just before Christmas? But there is something intellectually incoherent about such gifts. If providing benefits in kind … Continue reading The Price of Free Gifts

End Conservative Declinism

BY EFFIE DEANS The problem with Scottish Conservatism is structural rather than personal. Ruth Davidson is better suited to leadership than either Douglas Ross or Jackson Carlaw. But this is because she is a first rate politician. It is not because her ideas are any different from theirs. They all more or less agree about everything and the everything they agree upon is mistaken. That … Continue reading End Conservative Declinism

Judicial Secrecy in Scotland

BY IAN MITCHELL The rule of law is at risk in Scotland today as there is a political wind blowing which is not friendly to a reciprocal relationship between the rulers and the ruled. This is by no means confined to Scotland, and the Westminster government has also been criticised for trying to “rule by decree”. But Britain has a robust parliament, which is at … Continue reading Judicial Secrecy in Scotland

Scotland’s Covid Disaster

BY EFFIE DEANS There are four European countries with populations of about five million: Denmark     5,799,640    757 Covid deaths Finland        5,545,596    369 Covid deaths Slovakia      5,462,617    510 Covid deaths Norway       5,436,637    294 Covid deaths Scotland      5,454,000   3280 Covid deaths Scotland is not listed as a European country, because it is not an independent sovereign nation state, but rather a region of the United Kingdom that happens to be called a country for historical reasons. However, … Continue reading Scotland’s Covid Disaster

The Coming Storm

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Sad and worrying stats were released by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) recently. Research shows 64% of Scottish gamekeepers receive abuse from members of the public at least once a year. And another 79% are concerned about their future.  Put into context, that’s 64% of Scottish gamekeepers getting grief for going about their lawful business putting … Continue reading The Coming Storm

Let’s Never Heil Humza

BY EFFIE DEANS Nicola Sturgeon once said that independence transcends everything else. This is the main problem with the SNP. It also explains what might appear to be otherwise unrelated issues. Humza Yousaf has explained that he wants to punish Scots for having insulting conversations at home. While we would retain the right to be offensive anyone stirring up hatred against various protected groups will … Continue reading Let’s Never Heil Humza

England’s Cyber Nats

CSM EDITORIAL This magazine is proud to publish the writings of Effie Deans. She writes clear and illuminating articles – often to highlight the nonsense going on up north over the border as Sturgeon’s mayoralty gets a tad too big for its wee booties. The downside to publishing Effie’s work is the kickback that the magazine receives from the so-called cybernats. These comprise the SNP … Continue reading England’s Cyber Nats

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