Some Scottish Labour back-room boys are punting the idea that in the event of a Labour minority government the SNP will be stuck because that party is already committed to blocking the Tories. This idea is so hollow and frankly daft that it’s disappointing to see it repeated today without any interrogation by normally-thoughtful columnists like.. read more →

29 Apr 2015
April 29, 2015

Scotland’s one-party state


A poll today says the SNP might win every Scottish seat at the UK elections. I find the oddest thing about it all the attempts by commentators to place that rampant nationalism into the context of regular arguments about public policy. The Iraq War, for example, had no effect at all on the Scottish vote.. read more →

Here’s one way of getting ahead. Although, technically, that guy’s getting everything but a head, right? A more conventional way of getting ahead, at least as far as politics is concerned, is by getting more votes than other folk. That’s a rubbish link, I know, but this is just a blogpost and not something intended.. read more →

04 Apr 2015
April 4, 2015



The French Ambassador to the UK had a “truncated” chat with Scotland’s First Minister; the Edinburgh-based French Consul General made a note of the conversation. The latter reported his note verbally to a UK Government civil servant, as protocol requires. The note includes of Nicola Sturgeon; “She would rather see David Cameron remain as PM.. read more →

The BBC, slightly oddly, makes a confident claim today that an SNP-Labour coalition; “simply won’t happen”. It goes on to lay out the arithmetic and schemes behind a ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement. Well, I guess the BBC bod has had good access and I knows it’s a popular thesis, but really? Imagine an earnest prime minister Miliband.. read more →

Today’s Times leader (paywall) says that Scots want a Labour-SNP coalition and that Labour’s leadership wants the same. It concludes that the SNP would use its influence in or on government to de-stabilise the UK, and that the net effect of a Labour-SNP arrangement would be harmful for everyone. Certainly, the SNP is currently polling at.. read more →

Those Ashcroft figures!  And there’s more to come. Yet while amazing to see in print, they didn’t truly surprise anyone at all. Although it’s certainly striking how, contrary to the usual daft and pointless polls by the Daily Record, the well-funded and serious polling efforts by the now very credible Tory peer Lord Ashcroft have.. read more →

01 Feb 2015
February 1, 2015

Scots populism


There are 3 political parties in the UK with 6-figure membership. Of these, the SNP has a concentration of members in Scotland (some live  outside) that equates to Labour or the Tories having a million members across the UK. Moreover, the great majority of SNP members are very new, very enthusiastic, relatively young and very.. read more →

Amidst signs of a huge swing towards the SNP in Scotland, Labour is saying that a vote for the SNP is a vote for a UK Tory administration. This obviously false statement plays right into the hands of people who say Labour can’t be trusted. In fact, the SNP has cannily made it clear that.. read more →

Today, the Scottish Sunday Mail, sister paper of the Daily Record, carries this editorial attack on Labour’s newly-selected Westminster candidate for Falkirk.  I don’t know Karen Whitefield very well but she’s known as a hard-working former MSP, is employed by the thoroughly decent union USDAW, she’s very personable and apparently spoke very well at the selection.. read more →