“This is an occasional reminder of the age old truth that if you have to ask permission to leave then it isn’t an equal partnership. Why must we beg for a piece of what’s already ours?”
Let Scotland Be Scotland
“A few folk I’ve spoken to today were genuinely surprised at the admittedly astonishing scale of Scotland’s food and drink sector that I outlined in my post this morning. “
This Land is Your Land
“We’re all Scotland’s story and we’re all worth the same” (The Proclaimers)
” Circumstances always change – it’s the only thing that stays the same – and either independence is a good idea or it is not. “
“The normal that we are being driven towards is a numbing of the horror of the scale of deaths.”
Seven years on, we can see the first independence referendum not as a choice between change and no change, but as a choice of what sort of change we wanted and, crucially, who gets to deliver it.
The Tide Comes In
“the other things the England squad embody – diversity, an enquiring mind, a social conscience, hinterland”
England, Your England
“Firstly, well played on your stunning win yesterday and I’m pleased that we remain the only team in Euro 2020 to take a point at your own midden.”
“we face the prospect of being evicted from the Euros against our will, which in a darkly comic kind of way rather sums up the experience of being Scottish in the age of Brexit.”
The Great Enabler
Westminster appears to be entirely comfortable with a tariff-free deal with a country whose standards – chemicals harmful to bees and aquatic ecosystems, the use of paraquat, no review period whatsoever for pesticides – fall way short of our own.