In a column in The Times today, the Scottish Secretary Alister Jack writes:

“…Scottish nationalists like to claim that theirs is a different kind of nationalism, somehow uniquely benign. I’m sorry but I’m not sure I can spot the difference. Like nationalist movements the world over, it requires an enemy to make it thrive.”

He says he cannot spot the difference. Let me try and help.

In America, nationalists are locking up children, where they can be found fighting over a shared nit comb. In Brazil, a nationalist wants to raze the rain-forest and ban abortion. In Hungary, a nationalist…


Since finding I out that my wife and I are going to have a baby, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. A lot of reflection and preparation. Decorating and nesting. Changing and feeding. Personal freedom being trumped by responsibility. I knew the last eight months were going to involve dealing with challenging new ideas, I just didn’t anticipate one of these being the potential resumption of fascism in Europe. This wasn’t covered at the antenatal class.

I’ve hummed and hawed about writing, and then publishing this, because I’ve always resented discourse that draws upon parenthood. Having a child does…


Chris Deerin wrote an excellent column in The Herald this week. Shared widely, I think it encapsulated how a lot of people feel about the Brexit process at the moment. As can be observed in Deerin’s column, a feeling of anger is underpinned by a sense of loss.

I am aware that my social media output is pathetic and whiny. I just can’t help it. I would like to be more phlegmatic or hopeful. I would like to be calm, open minded and reasonable. I would like to remember that lots of good and intelligent people voted for Brexit. I…


Alcoholics have a drink problem, but not everyone with a drink problem is an alcoholic. As a society, Scotland has a drink problem, but not everyone that contributes to that problem is an alcoholic. I have a drink problem, but I am not an alcoholic.

Visualise Scotland’s alcohol problem and what do you see? Like me, you probably imagine a meandering jakey swigging from a bottle of Frosty Jack, swinging from a lamppost at 2pm on a Wednesday. You do not see a married couple opening a second bottle of Malbec on a Sunday night. You do not see an…


When I lived in Edinburgh for a few years, I got in a bit of debt. By no means was I was poorly paid, but I was self-indulgent in an expensive city, living a Reiss lifestyle on an H&M salary. I was able to live out with my means because I had access to easy and relatively cheap credit. I could perform high wire acts each month, because I had a safety net. In reality, my safety net had a safety net. My life progressed in such a fashion that I got on a solid footing easily enough.

Last night’s…


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‘Red Tories Out.’ The Red Tories are out. Have these folk not been paying attention? What on earth were they protesting against?

Scottish Labour have one MP sitting on the benches of the Commons. We are the third largest party in the Scottish Parliament. Outside of Local Government, Scottish Labour is not in power anywhere, and even in former strongholds like Glasgow and Lanarkshire our jackets are on the shoogliest of pegs.

Just over a week ago, the Prime Minister and Home Secretary took the breath and clenched the buttocks of decent liberal types everywhere. Yet against this backdrop, a…


The N Words

I didn’t like David Cameron or his politics, but I never felt a genuine sense of disdain for the man. I think he was a person with a moral core, and I felt I understood what he was trying to achieve and why, even if I disagreed with it. I just find Theresa May as bewildering as I do upsetting. Her politics seem to have no clear ideology or hinterland, just a cobbled together broluch of reheated nostalgia and emergent nativism.

They want to have foreign students only go to 'quality' universities. Because higher education was better…


I had no intention of becoming a ‘blogger’ when I opened this Medium account. I’ve been introduced once as that “that Scottish Labour blogger” and I winced with embarrassment. I could not have felt more like a noughties throwback if I was asked for my Bebo account details, or what I thought of the latest Kate Nash album.

I wrote my first Medium blog, because I believed that Scottish Labour’s relationship to Scottish Nationalism was unhealthy. …


Over the last few weeks, I like many others have been watching with increasing incredulity as Paul Mason has been describing events in the Labour Party as a ‘Blairite Coup.’ For a while, I thought a respected journalist was evolving into a pontificating polemicist, as a sort of intellectual midlife crisis. It looks bizarre, and on one level it is. But I actually think there is far more strategic thought behind this than appearances suggest.

I think Mason understands something about the Labour Party that is so easily forgotten. Being a Labour Party member and being a Labour Party activist…


Daniel Hannan is undoubtedly a man of considerable intelligence and persuasive ability. The regrettable fact is that he utilises these skills to brutally eviscerate a conveyor belt of straw men, rather like Bruce Lee filming ‘Enter the Dragon’ with cardboard cuts outs.

“On what basis do Remainers deny the legitimacy of the ballot? I’m sorry to put this so bluntly, but it boils down to snobbery. A bunch of dimwits and bigots, we’re invited to believe, were whipped up by unscrupulous demagogues.”

You can find this straw man, and others filled with utter grade-A horseshit between the stalks here. It…

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