Landslide victory for Jeremy Corbyn in the UK:  What will election of a new Labour Party leader mean for Scotland?

Landslide victory for Jeremy Corbyn in the UK: What will election of a new Labour Party leader mean for Scotland?

Scottish Americans are hearing some interesting news from the United Kingdom today.  The UK Labour Party has chosen socialist Jeremy Corbyn as its next leader by a landslide.  A big one.  It is a result that is sending a few shock waves through Britain.  What will the election mean in Scotland?  More specifically, what will a […]

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Scottish Indy Quick Update: One more poll showing a majority now in favor of Scottish independence

Scottish Indy Quick Update: One more poll showing a majority now in favor of Scottish independence

Just a few days ago we took note of the first reputable poll ever to have identified a clear majority of Scots in favor of Scottish independence (Bletherskite September 3).  Our takeaway, like most others, was well, that is very interesting and definitely worth watching.  We asked questions like, is it an aberration that will be erased […]

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Watching Scotland: A peek at the Scottish Green Party

Watching Scotland: A peek at the Scottish Green Party

In the last Watching Scotland blog we took a look at the Scottish Conservative Party, or (from an American point of view) the somewhat unfortunately nicknamed “Tories”. From a right of centre perspective we now swing over and investigate what is going on over on the left with Scotland’s fourth largest political party (out of […]

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Gaels: Know your own culture so you can understand others

Gaels: Know your own culture so you can understand others

Many of you may have seen David Leask’s excellent commentary on the increasingly popular pastime of Gael bashing in Scotland (The Herald Scotland, March 25, 2015). Still, for those of you who have not read this piece, it is well worth the few minutes it will take to gobble it up. Especially for the Diasporrans […]

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A Nasty Gaelic Storm Hit Scotland This Week

A Nasty Gaelic Storm Hit Scotland This Week

A Gaelic storm has been blowing around Scotland for the last week. Typically, Gaelic language revival suffers from a distinct lack of attention and interest but for several days now, Scotland’s best known indigenous language has unfortunately and undeservedly been at the heart of several different political stooshies. Things began to heat up on August […]

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New Poll:  Scotland would vote in favor of independence if the vote was tomorrow

New Poll: Scotland would vote in favor of independence if the vote was tomorrow

Something notable was announced today in Scotland, but it may not be as notable as it might at first seem.  Nearly a year on from last year’s Scottish Independence Referendum, Scottish television station STV announced the findings of a national poll that examined an array of political issues on the minds of Scottish voters.  Tops on […]

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Are there more Scottish Conservatives than Unicorns in Scotland?  Barely.

Are there more Scottish Conservatives than Unicorns in Scotland? Barely.

These days Scottish politics seems to be all about the left. Indeed there is a lot of energy and a smorgasbord of political choice left of Scotland’s “centre”. Meanwhile it can be hard to find signs of life over on the right. Yet there are living breathing “right of centre progressive conservatives” in Scotland. Many […]

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Don’t Blink! Scottish politics is fast and furious these days.

Don’t Blink! Scottish politics is fast and furious these days.

A most amazing thing has been happening in Scotland in the year since the Scottish people rejected independence.  The Scottish National Party has emerged from its Independence Referendum defeat to dominate the Scottish political world and it is on a trend toward a practical exclusivity that has some Scots a wee bit concerned.  SNP membership is up by […]

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Mhairi Black M.P.:  What would YOU do if your first speech was watched by 10 million people?

Mhairi Black M.P.: What would YOU do if your first speech was watched by 10 million people?

A few weeks ago I posted the Scottish news that 16 and 17-year-olds will be voting next May for the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary elections.  As noted, next year will be a big year in Scottish politics, potentially including an up or down vote on whether Scotia should schedule a second independence referendum.  Over 100,000 16 […]

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