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Tag: Derek Bateman

The task of explaining Scottish independence to Reporting Kurdistan

Commentary by Derek Bateman I was interviewed by Kurdish television about Scottish independence (they’re not exactly disinterested in the subject themselves) and found myself articulating...

The grotesque failings of a Prime Minister in thrall to uncivilised...

Derek Bateman reflects on a few implications of Trump's Muslim ban. The inhuman fiasco at American airports and the failure of a British Prime Minister to...

British position on political powers amounts to nauseating mendacity

Derek Bateman follows up on this week's Supreme Court ruling that devolution doesn't amount to much, legally speaking. Sometimes there’s only so much you can...

Referendum that left Scotland’s fate in the hands of Westminster

Commentary by Derek Bateman What did you think you were voting for? In September 2014 the question on the ballot may have said independence, but...

What stories do Scots tell about our history, and our very...

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

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

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

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...

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...