In the pink

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

I have just seen the new Scotland away kit. Words fail me. The Tartan Army will stand for many things, but primrose?

Categories: Sport

BBC bias

February 26, 2014 2 comments

Another fine piece by Kenneth Roy, exposing the extent to which the game is rigged against the Yes campaign.

Categories: Politics

When in Rome

February 22, 2014 Leave a comment

First 6 Nations win in Rome for eight years. A grovelling apology from Paul Hayward in the Telegraph well in order, but will it be forthcoming? Not a chance.

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Alastair Darling champions Canadian teachers

February 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Of all the bloody stupid bluster we’ve seen over the last few days, this may rank as the bloody stupidest! Beyond doubt independence will be followed in short order by a new Scottish National Lottery; I predict that this will run on a not for profit basis, unlike Lotto, where 10p of every £2 stake (and that’s a lot of pennies) goes to the operator Camelot, which is owned, bizarrely, by the Ontario Teachers Pension Fund.

Given that Scots are inveterate punters, it is entirely possible that Scottish charities will gain in net lottery disbursements.

Categories: General, Politics

Royal appointment

February 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Note for the diary if you live near the Queen: on March 27, at 7:30pm, I’m appearing at the annual crime festival organised by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, venue Windsor Guildhall. Click on this link for ticket sales.


Categories: General

‘No’ panic

February 18, 2014 2 comments

There’s a piece on Page 6 of today’s Herald, by Iain McWhirter, that should be required reading  for all those rubbing their hands in glee over the idiotic intervention in the great debate by the unelected President of the European Commission.

As with the tri-partite currency claim, Barroso’s analysis and his comparison, has been shown to be well wide of the mark.

There is no clearer indication that the Yes campaign is on course for victory than the  hysterical bullying that we’ve seen in the last few days, from Westminster and its self-serving allies.

Yes for Scotland

Categories: Politics

Slimy Tory toff

February 15, 2014 7 comments

A couple of days after his disgraceful and dodgy intervention in the Scottish Independence debate, the Chancer of the Exchequer has announced that international athletes competing in the Glasgow Diamond League meeting in July will be given exemption from UK income tax.

Leaving aside the very live issues of whether this is a bribe, and whether it discriminates unfairly against British athletes, George Osborne’s timing is crude to say the least.

This stuff may be delighting the London tabloids, but it’s all going to backfire in the  final stages of the debate.

Yes for Scotland

Categories: Politics, Sport

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