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Borders-based former Edinburgher. Gay husband. Small businessman. Labour realist. Progressive, pro-EU & pro-UK. Edits @labourhame. Grows veg. Has a chihuahua.
May 15 5 tweets 1 min read
"Our nationalism is better than other nationalisms" - every nationalist ever. I oppose all nationalism. English nationalism, British nationalism, Scottish nationalism, all have critical threads in common which make them dangerous. They rely on blaming an "other" group for bad things. They propose outcomes that won't solve the problems they claim they will.
May 14 30 tweets 14 min read
Here we go! #Eurovision That was rather beautiful. #GivePeaceAChance #Eurovision
Feb 23 5 tweets 3 min read
I've just been informed by @BBCScotlandNews that Nicola Sturgeon has "led" the condemnation of Alex Salmond's show on RT. That is an utterly preposterous claim. He's been criticised since the show started by almost everyone *but* Nicola Sturgeon. Playing catch-up is not leading! @BBCScotlandNews Before the next NS fan pops up with the same 2017 line, "I am sure Alex’s show will make interesting viewing – however, his choice of channel would not have been my choice. Of course, Alex is not currently an elected politician and is free to do as he wishes" is not condemnation!
Feb 3 9 tweets 3 min read
That Sunak article in the Sun is pretty extraordinary. He cites a "colder than usual winter" meaning we've "used up more of our gas stores". But the Tories shut down three quarters of the UK's gas storage in 2017, and so far this winter has been one of the mildest on record. He goes on to say it would not be credible to respond to this "significant shock" with borrowing, despite almost his entire tenure as Chancellor thus far being defined by a response to a significant shock paid for by borrowing. I realise this is a leadership pitch but honestly.
Nov 10, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
"Progressive alliance" folk: yes, the UK needs fundamental democratic reform. But what the SNP wants is independence. Scots voters know that, and the majority of them don't want it. Give them a choice between an SNP-inclusive alliance and the Tories, they'll vote for the Tories. In other words a "progressive alliance" that includes the SNP would, in Scotland, drive votes towards the Tories not away from them, and reinforce the Ulsterisation which has already taken hold here. It would be fundamentally self-defeating if your aim is to reform UK democracy.
Oct 7, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Aside from the grim implication that Sturgeon is waiting for older Scots to die before holding a second ref, this interview is another missed opportunity to ask serious questions about the glib promises being fed to Scots who want to be back in the EU. ft.com/content/69599c… If you support Scottish independence because you want to be back in the EU, you need urgently to think through some things. I mean, the earliest possible independence date would be at least two to three years after a ref, so that's six years from now at an absolute minimum. You
Oct 5, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
In all honesty, and much as I understand that for some people it is a lifelong dream not a political calculation, I just cannot process how anyone who seeks to improve the lives of Scots facing hardship can possibly give any priority right now to the pursuit of independence. How can you look at a policy like the £20 Universal Credit cut on the background of a Covid and Brexit induced series of crises and decide the way to address it is to push for dividing people rather than seeking the broadest coalition possible across the UK to fight against it?
Apr 22, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
I've been contacted by a few people about a really worrying situation created by the Scottish Government's approach to shielding restrictions as lockdown is eased. Bear with me, it's slightly complicated, but at its heart seems to be a serious failure of safeguarding. Thread: In advance of this week's lockdown easing and widespread returns to work, people on the shielding list were advised that they should remain at home, but that others living with them could go back to work. But this guidance has overlooked the situation faced by those who live
Apr 20, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Well well, this is quite a significant correction. Three months' worth of independence polling from Savanta/ComRes came out unweighted instead of weighted. Actual support for independence was lower than quoted. comresglobal.com/polls/scottish… SNP support also overstated in the Holyrood sections of those three polls. Doesn't change much but it's interesting grist to the mill of those who suggest that polls can sometimes lead public opinion rather than following it.
Apr 20, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
You would think the people arguing endlessly for Scotland to become independent and therefore for the Scottish Parliament to become sovereign would be among the first to acknowledge that the Scottish Parliament is not currently sovereign. But the opposite is the case. Funny that. "Why shouldn't a Scottish election decide whether there is an #indyref2?"
"Because we vote for MSPs to sit in Holyrood, and the constitution is reserved to Westminster."
"But that's an outrage, our Parliament should have all the powers!"
"Then why would you need #indyref2?"
Sep 15, 2020 6 tweets 1 min read
The grouse shooting exemption is a useful case study in how differently the Scottish electorate treats its two governments. UKgov has faced strong criticism in Scotland for exempting shoots from COVID restrictions, whereas Scotgov has faced almost no criticism for doing the same. It has become standard for the (many and frequent) failings of the UK Government to receive robust and relentless criticism in Scotland, while the (often directly equivalent) failings of the Scottish Government receive practically no opprobrium at all, if they are even reported.
Aug 19, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
Haven't updated my independence polling graph for a while. Here it is. The trend is abundantly clear. This image should chill the hearts of all who want social and economic justice in Scotland because, make no mistake, dividing the UK will catastrophically harm those causes. Image This is the abject failure of the rational Scottish left. Independence is becoming a compelling option of hope and opportunity simply because we have offered no trustworthy, believable alternative. But it is a false hope that will make Scots poorer and their lives more difficult.
Jul 13, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
It seems to me that a focus on national borders really screws up people's perception of what is happening with #COVID19. If you compare the whole of Scotland with the whole of England you can construct an argument that says the government in charge of Scotland has done roughly > seven times better than the government in charge of England. But if you compare the central belt with the rest of Scotland you can construct an argument that says the government in charge of the rest of Scotland has done roughly seven times better than the government in charge >
Nov 23, 2019 4 tweets 1 min read
London lefties: "I tell you what, that Nicola Sturgeon is really impressive."

Scottish lefties: "She's quadrupled austerity to councils and still blames the Tories for everything she's responsible for that's gone bad."

London lefties [not remotely listening]: "So brilliant." Scottish lefties: "You realise she won the last Scottish election on a pledge not to raise income taxes? Exactly like the Tories?"

London lefties [still completely oblivious]: "She's just so right about how awful the Tories are. I wish I could vote for her"

Scottish lefties:
May 3, 2019 5 tweets 1 min read
I abhor the SWP tribute acts now running the Labour Party - their antisemitism, their Russophilia, their Assad apologism, their simplistic anti-west positioning. I despair that Labour has been turned into an anti-EU party against the express wishes of its members. I am frustrated by the vacuity of the calls for nationalisation as if it magically fixed problems in public services; the dishonesty of misrepresenting parliamentary votes to make internal opponents look bad; and the sheer self harm of the constant attacks on past Labour governments
Feb 21, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Damning testimony from Scottish NHS board members here.
“Political interference is excessive.”
"The debate with the public is ... fundamentally dishonest."
"Government is so dominant ... it would be naive to imagine that the Board has significant control."
parliament.scot/S5_HealthandSp… Remember that when NHS boards take decisions to cut facilities, like the RAH or St John's, this SNP government accepts zero responsibility. What this evidence shows is that these decisions are entirely driven by the SNP government, and they should be held to account for them.