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Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that she’s in favour of something that this blog has been arguing for a while. That is, even if by some miracle the UK manages to avoid Brexit, Scotland should still hold another independence referendum. Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show on BBC1 yesterday she said that “all of the experience of the past three years” and the very real prospect of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister mean that Scotland ought to have another independence referendum.
There’s been a lot of focus on Brexit as the trigger for an independence referendum, but Brexit is merely one example of a material change in circumstances. It’s very far from being the only one. Scotland is now spoilt for choice when it comes to material changes in circumstances. Material changes in circumstances are about the only thing that Westminster generously indulges Scotland in. The UK that Scotland is a…
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The march for democracy was a long walk, but not as long as 300 years
The organisers called it a march for democracy but it was more a walk, not a leisurely stroll by any means, more a determined hike through the centre of Glasgow, past its great ornate buildings of empire loyalty, the not so great visionless conurbations of modern glass and concrete built when the city fathers wanted the place to be ‘the Chicago of the North’, no doubt as a one up on Edinburgh’s well earned ‘Athens of the North’.
We moved up Sauchiehall Street, our heads bowed in respect for the charred shell of the desecrated Mackintosh School of Art, its board of governors claiming a big boy did it and ran away; along streets lined by red sandstone tenements where windae hingers waved us on, under bridges of well wishers, and around neglected derelict patched…
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On Monday, March 25, Chief Justice Mary Moreau granted me the freedom I have been long awaiting. This decision did not bring an end to my legal battles but it has removed the shadow of indefinite chains from my life. I would like to thank everyone who has stood by me throughout the years.
I would like to give special thanks to Nate Whitling, who has and continues to, tirelessly defend my rights..
I would like to thank the members of the Free Omar Khadr Now group along with the Pour Omar Khadr group who have been a consistent support system for me and also have worked to bring awareness to the facts of my case. In addition, I would like to thank Lawyers Rights Watch for bringing my case forward to the United Nations Committee Against Torture.
I would also like to thank all of my fellow…
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Bella Caledonia by Alasdair Gray (2007)
By Kevin Brown and Dominika Nasilowski
Alasdair Gray as moral philosopher
The Glasgow based artist, writer and polymath Alasdair Gray is known for many things: for a plethora of landmark novels and other written works that bulk large in the cultural self awareness of modern day Scotland; for his breathtaking murals scattered across the land from Glasgow to Dunfermline; and for a unique and distinctive artistic style now avidly collected by both public galleries and private collectors. Google ‘Alasdair Gray art’ and the hundreds of striking images of paintings, drawings, prints and murals that will appear barely scratch the surface of Gray’s vast oeuvre.
I would argue that Gray’s gigantic range of creative accomplishments, while important, are really just bagatelles in terms of his cultural significance. His true importance to Scotland is in his life long praxis as a visionary moral philosopher…
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Welcome to the 1st of March edition of the Wee Ginger Dugcast, where Callum Baird (The National’s editor) and I manage to find things to talk about other than Brexit. Whoopee! In this edition we discuss Theresa May’s surprising revelation that she’s a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race and whether this is the most embarrassing attempt by a politician to show that they’re in touch with popular culture since Gordon Brown claimed he was a fan of the Arctic Monkeys. We also discuss the McCrone Report and the reaction received by The National to its groundbreaking decision to publish it in full, the news that the Conservatives expect the Scottish Government to ask for a Section 30 order within a few weeks – but have already decided to say no because they want us all to hit the iceberg together – and the decision by the SNP to move forward…
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The Prime Minister is like one of those antibiotic resistant bacteria. The closest thing that she has to a political principle is MSRA. It doesn’t matter what countermeasures you throw at it, it’s still there, giving you stomach cramps and nausea.
On Tuesday, Theresa May went to Northern Ireland to tell Irish people all about Ireland. Ireland is a big island, she told them. It’s got water around it. Blue water, the same colour as the Conservative party, which means that she really cares about it. Ireland has fields. It has roads and houses. It has hedges and trees. No one cares more about Northern Ireland than she does, which is why she’s only speaking to the DUP and no one else.
She told the audience of increasingly bewildered Irish people, because she was being very clear, that she will do whatever it takes to keep the border open apart…
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