The ISP versus political reality

By Russell Bruce Those pushing the idea that the ISP can make a breakthrough on the list vote do so despite no indication the ISP can achieve a vote share that would give them any MSPs in May, just 11 weeks away. An ISP supporter kindly pointed me to the ISPs detailed calculations by which … Read more

Talking tax and civilisation

Peter Brown argues that tax, invested well, is part of what being a civilised nation is and offers two ideas on radically simplifying taxation as a part of what we hope will be an ongoing contribution to how taxation policy is likely to be very different in an independent Scotland. By Peter Brown It’s not … Read more

Independence or bust?

The powers of the Scottish parliament are under threat as Westminster takes back control By Editorial This is a difficult piece to write but write it we must because Scotland is approaching the crossroads when we need a clear path towards independence. It seems to us that that it is no longer a simple choice … Read more

Boris Johnson: the PM who set England free?

By Molly Pollock Well, it’s been quite a week. Against all lockdown advice Boris Johnson decided he knew best and flew in to Glasgow airport to lecture the Scots on being good little Unionists. Not that it worked as people in their droves took to social media to rant about him defying the stay at … Read more

Covid: a 4 nation comparison

By Russell Bruce With Tory politicians determined to undermine Nicola Sturgeon and her health team on Scotland’s response to the Covid19 pandemic we thought a statistical comparison of actual trends would provide some real clarity. Holding the SNP government to account is a legitimate function of opposition parties but are the attacks from Johnson’s men … Read more

Now we know – Brexit means Chaos

Herring photograph by Zeshalyn Capino on Unsplash By Russell Bruce No fish and dead fish After four and and half years of political posturing and ignoring economic consequences the UK finally got a deal with hours to spare. That the Westminster parliament agreed to endorse it without proper scrutiny in a debate of a few … Read more

And it’s goodbye from them…

By Newsroom The Capitol building where the inauguration, which Donald Trump the outgoing President shunned, took place – the scene of an attack by Trump supporters two weeks previously. The new Vice president Kamala Harris and her husband The new president Joe Biden and his wife Jill President Biden giving his inauguration address And amongst … Read more

The race to save lives in Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recently said in Holyrood and in interviews that the rollout of the vaccines, initially one, then two and now three, was a race – a race against getting as many at risk and vulnerable people as possible vaccinated against the existing and new, vastly more infectious variant of the Covid19 virus. … Read more

What is the point of Labour?

The leader of the UK Labour Party caused a bit of a stushie yesterday in Scotland with his comments on the Marr show and in the print media, his comments seen as a further indication that Labour is merely limping along on the coat-tails of the Tories, offering no effective opposition at Westminster to a … Read more

Well here’s another nice mess ou’ve gotten America into

A comedy of errors By Russell Bruce With apologies to Oliver Hardy for borrowing his catch phrase used in 17 films between 1931 and 1951. Hardy was born in Georgia which has been in the news recently in providing Biden with 2 Senators to take control of the Senate following Trump’s endless rants and persecution … Read more

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