1916 “We are in for some slight trouble to-morrow. So I am just warning you that there is to be no ‘keeping well back’ then” Eric Milroy, soldier, chartered accountant and Scotland rugby captain. […]
Reading the papers yesterday, I came across a couple of stories about two seemingly very different subjects – Scottish farming and the fall-out from the ongoing Covid inquiry – that on closer […]
“Football is the most important things of the least important things” (Jurgen Klopp) I was reading the various reports of Scotland’s hugely disappointing performance against Ireland in Paris last night. We’d been […]
“We can’t spend our precious time and energy on this planet trying to save another country from itself. Westminster has made its choice. Let’s, for once, launch a lifeboat of our own.”
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.”
Gerry Hassan and Alec Ross in conversation at the Gatehouse of Fleet Big Lit Festival 2023.
“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?