Sunday, April 30, 2017
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Democracy carpet-bagged live on TV, millions of witnesses

Commentary by Derek Bateman Well, this changes everything. We’re now staring at the carpet-bagging of democracy as a Prime Minister who said Now is not...

Hot heads, passports and Scotland’s new age of reason

Commentary by Russell Bruce We have seen a rise in the political temperature, from Raging Ruth to Raging Red Tops –Telegraph not excluded. The view from...

Brexit plays out as bawdy farce. Well a farce anyway…

Hello Little Englanders. With a stroke of her (Montblanc) pen, that nice Mrs May has sent us back to the 1970s. Inspired, Derek Bateman...

Only mongrels here: independence and an open country

Commentary by Christopher Silver The saying of something remarkable in politics – the conjuring up of those rare phrases that ring more true with repetition...

Who’s kidding who on two way trade with England?

Derek Bateman goes in search of facts on Scotland's supposed trade deficit with England and what might happen in the event of independence. Disclaimer. I’m pretty...

Finally the cards are played in the first round of a...

Commentary by Derek Bateman Let’s admit at the outset that Theresa May is right. She doesn’t have an option except to block a referendum during the Brexit two-year...

New story should be told about independence in troubled times

Commentary by Christopher Silver Do you want to go on an adventure? Every story begins with a variation on this proposition. It offers an instinctive draw...

Indyref2 call betrays Downing Street mis-reading of SNP Brexit stance as...

Commentary: Derek Bateman reacts to Nicola Sturgeon's confirmation that she will press for a second referendum on Scottish independence. Poor Theresa sure misjudged this one....

The new Leaderene faces a Britain that crumbles while she plays...

Commentary by Derek Bateman I imagine the Leader sweeping into the room, mouth in a tight smile, eyes glinting within intent. She is flanked by...

Zulu! Time for new Empire job, heading up Africa Desk

Commentary by Derek Bateman Much activity at Castle Bateman including a visit by a friend from Oxford who didn’t mind staying with an anti English...