The original trams idea predates the SNP’s period as Scotland’s government. Indeed, having become the minority government in 2007, and with the trams legislation up for discussion, the party actually voted against it and wanted to spend the money on dualling the A9, as they stated in their manifesto ahead of the Holyrood election.
Today, the numbers we were talking about – the exporting of forty bottles of whisky per second, the incredible contribution of farming to Scotland’s GDP – are now very much a mainstream discussion. It’s hugely encouraging that promotion of one of Scotland’s greatest success stories is being championed widely.
There is ” a wider truth about the increasingly polarised world that we live in, one in which our views are subjected to the confirmation bias brought about by the echo chambers of social media. We’ve become tribal and angry. We talk about our enemies more than we used to.”
All that nonsense about being a beating heart of a new UK. It’s another vow, another “lead us don’t leave us”. I want to be at the heart of a new Scotland that wishes nothing to do with the heartless opportunism of people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
“Labour’s position is that we can’t mitigate against poverty because we’re skint. But resource allocation is the ultimate political choice. “
As so often, here a single case speaks to a wider truth. Why are tatties so dear?
“We need to trust and empower people. Be bold, proud, gallus. Actually become the people we tell the world we are.”
“At the height – or depth – of Trumpian America, folk would say: “ach, but at least we’re no’ America!But today America had the
decency and the cojones to indict a disgraced former leader. Yet, on the same day, Boris Johnson got to reward the very people who helped him to continually fail upwards whilst at the same time making them unelected legislators over all our lives. Forever.”
“Here’s a hypothetical question. Would the French Cup final be switched if the Spanish Cup final was on at the same time? Non. Mon Dieu! Jamais!!”
“Your name is kind of important to you. It’s your heritage. It’s your people. It’s who came before you. It’s your birthright. It’s your culture. It’s a big part of what and who we are.