David Cameron faces a deeply dangerous sleeping issue, one that will awake and spring into wildly unpredictable life shortly before the next general election. It is already wide awake in Scotland.
If I were Cameron, I would allow the devo max option on the ballot paper in some form or other. Otherwise, an already tense and complex build-up to the next general election risks becoming, for him, the most hellish in modern times.
Press release: Payouts for attempts to arrest the former PM now exceed £10,000. On Tuesday the Arrest Blair campaign will pay Tom Grundy £2,400 for his attempt to arrest Tony Blair during a public event in Hong Kong.
Jesus Christ 'may have suffered from mental health problems', claims Church of England |
"Even Jesus was not immune to accusations about his mental health: there is a story in the gospel that tells of his mother and siblings attempting to take him home because they are afraid that he has lost his mind."
THE reported opinion poll question commissioned by Angus Robertson was "Would Scotland be safer by remaining part of Nato" ("SNP leaders hit back at critics of Nato u-turn plan", The Herald, August 25)?
The implication of this question is that an independent Scotland would face some military threat. What evidence is there for this? State-on-state attacks are very rare if you discount the ones Nato members have initiated. The rights to our marine resources are regulated by international law. We are likely to be safer from terrorism outside Nato than in and, in any case, this is essentially a policing issue.
So why did Mr Robertson ask this question, especially since it creates a potential problem for the SNP? The proposed policy change states that if Nato membership precluded the early disarming of Trident, Scotland should not be a member. Does that mean Scotland would be any less safe? Why didn't he use his Westminster funds to ask such very relevant questions as: "Do you think Nato's Afghan war has made Scotland safer?" or "Do you think Scotland would be safer in an organisation based on weapons of mass civilian annihilation?"
Cast your mind back through the Stygian fug of time, to the spring of 2007. The SNP had, by the narrowest of margins, displaced the Labour Party's plurality in parliament, and Salmond was forming his first minority administration.
If Labour go into the independence referendum chained to a Tory bill they will be gubbed for good.
"This is an astonishing moment. The ground is moving under our feet. If Labour is now contemplating fiscal independence, and though Alexander has not said this, I believe that is what he means, then we are on the verge of a constitutional revolution"
International statesman Desmond Tutu has refused to share a platform with Tony Blair based on the former Prime Minister's record on the Iraq war. Scottish news: Desmond Tutu shuns Blair as war crimes bounty paid out on ...
POLITICIANS prepare to bask in the inclusive glow of the Paralympics ignoring the reality of their policies, writes Joyce McMillan...
"On one hand, the anti-state ideology of the age constantly corrodes and threatens the public provision on which many disabled people depend for their quality of life"
"Yet it is now more than three decades since Britain last saw a government that was prepared to embrace that proper role. Instead, successive governments have allowed themselves to be seduced and bamboozled by a theory of social Darwinism that implicitly leaves the weak and imperfect for dead"
Another guest article from Alasdair Stirling, to follow up a very well received Referendum Round-up from earlier in the month. Aasdair describes himself as cynical of politicians and believes that we should reject all authority which we cannot justify by reason, but believes that politics that delivers the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers can be virtuous.
Why has the SNP leadership backed Nato membership and triggered a pre-referendum challenge to the authority of Alex Salmond? Despite all the complex reasons offered, it’s still a puzzle.
"The Norwegians have not endured decades of unwanted American-supplied weapons of mass destruction located on Scottish soil – which have become the most visible and potent symbols of colonial London diktat. They have not watched successive British prime ministers become the poodles of American presidents. They have not watched their country sleepwalk into a fatal and fateful war in Iraq, making them potential targets for fundamentalist Islam. "
Why is support for independence lower amongst women than men? And following hotly on the tails of that question, another, more practically-oriented one: what steps can YesScotland and pro-nationalists take to convince more women to embrace independence?
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