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The new leader of the ‘free world’, ready to offend and repel
Jan 20, 2017
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On the eve of Donald Trump's once-unlikely inauguration at the 45th President of the United States, Christopher Silver reflects on our obsession with the man who just...
What stories do Scots tell about our history, and our very selves?
Jan 20, 2017
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Derek Bateman examines the way Scottish culture has been marginalised Not so many years ago opponents used to laugh at Scottish Nationalism as an echo...
When separatism and border concepts go wrong, life turns ugly
Jan 18, 2017
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Commentary by Derek Bateman Damn the separatists. They’re trying to destroy the country I love. They want to put up borders and divide us from...
The moment approaches for absolutes to collide in Scottish politics
Jan 10, 2017
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Commentary by Derek Bateman The BBC news at 5.30 this morning started with an item about Boris Johnson burrowing away to wheedle promises about trade...
Labour’s ‘progressive’ talk that pulls in opposite directions
Jan 4, 2017
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Commentary by Derek Bateman Hello Darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again… Yes, it certainly is a murky view ahead with darkening...
Newsnet’s Nostradamus takes a look at Scottish politics, 2017 style
Dec 31, 2016
In the spirit of New Year, regular commentator Bernard Thompson touts his expertise to the Scottish opposition for 2017 The weak are a long time...
“Stupid white men” and the philosophical gymnastics of denigration
Dec 26, 2016
LETTER FROM PRAGUE Scottish journalist Bernard Thompson - currently teaching in the Czech Republic - takes the year-end to reflect on fake news, mainstream media, and...
Christmas in the trenches and a year that’s nearly done
Dec 23, 2016
A seasonal commentary by Derek Bateman The guns fell silent and white flakes drifted gently down from a lowering sky. On one side, concealed within...
Can Scottish Labour find a way back from the brink in 2017?
Dec 19, 2016
Commentary by Christopher Silver If 2016 was the year when Scottish Labour was damaged, probably beyond repair, 2017 could well be the year that sees...
Scotland Calling: Time for realism on how post-indy broadcaster would work
Dec 15, 2016
Commentary by Derek Bateman The retirement of Colin Blane after a lifetime in BBC radio journalism that took him from Beijing to Johannesburg to Brussels...
The call to ‘Fraxit’ and six stress tests the fracking industry fails
Dec 15, 2016
The US Environmental Protection Agency released a definitive study this week concluding that hydraulic fracturing can impact drinking water at each stage in the shale gas production process....
Let’s get back to basics on Scottish independence and Europe
Nov 25, 2016
Commentary by Derek Bateman The SNP favour the Norway option which I can’t stop thinking of as a Monty Python sketch in a pet shop...
What happened to radical Corbyn in post-truth Brexit Britain?
Nov 23, 2016
Commentary by Derek Bateman The post truth agenda majors on Brexit and Trump of course, but omits one of the crazier aspects of the last...
In Trump’s new world, Scotland must speak for the stateless
Nov 21, 2016
Commentary by Christopher Silver Nigel Farage has already branded 2016 as a year of political revolution. Last week, the UKIP leader beamed, like a small boy...
Just when you think the LibDems are all right really…
Nov 17, 2016
Commentary by Derek Bateman We’re all having to rethink our position these days to respond to fast-changing events. We try to hold on to our...
Hail to the chief, of the great puddin’ race
Nov 9, 2016
Commentary by Derek Bateman Oh lighten up…how bad can it be? Really? OK, a narcissistic sociopath with the petulance of a five-year-old and no governing...
God, guns and frontier myths underpinning the American agenda
Nov 8, 2016
As an officially registered Friend of America, I have some dark thoughts about our cousins in the USA. It isn’t that I haven’t tried...
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