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Tag: Derek Bateman

When separatism and border concepts go wrong, life turns ugly

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...

Podcast: Hail to our tartan Chief, an’ a’ that

Exciting, isn't it? Only a few days now before the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, and de facto "leader of the...

The moment approaches for absolutes to collide in Scottish politics

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...

Podcast: After last year, who dares predict what 2017 will bring?

A lost majority for the SNP... then Brexit...now Trump... Who dares to predict what 2017 might bring, after all that? Surely only a fool...

Labour’s ‘progressive’ talk that pulls in opposite directions

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...

Christmas in the trenches and a year that’s nearly done

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...

Podcast: New media, old media, Dublin & Brexit

The media in Scotland, a subject always sure to stir controversy, but one that remains important as Scottish politics demands centre stage attention. The SNP's...

Scotland Calling: Time for realism on how post-indy broadcaster would work

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...

Podcast: On Britain’s bloody imperial past, and present

Craig Murray, scourge of the Blairite establishment during his time at the Foreign Office, and critic of the SNP after the party's refusal to...

Let’s get back to basics on Scottish independence and Europe

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...