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Scottish political commentary, analysis, media monitoring.
 Joined September 2015
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Or not, as the case may be. All aboard! But don’t worry, Scotland, we’ve still got a service for you. Some pedalling may be required.
Following on from that unforgettable summer: We’re sure that, like us, you can hardly wait. ?
Someone tweeted this today: We were curious to find out what we’d said, but it seems to have been expunged from The National’s website. We eventually managed to track the email down in our vaults, though, so just as a bit of a change, here it is, as a reminder of a different time. Tell […]
Get your coat, it’s nearly time.
The greatest intellectual weakness of the independence movement is its attitude towards Trident, and trying to reason with people about it (whether readers or other independence activists) is consistently one of the most frustrating aspects of writing Wings, because nuclear disarmers and Unionists are equally impervious to logic on the subject. The UK’s nuclear “deterrent” […]
You can’t do this, you know. You just can’t. These things cannot both be true. Math Campbell-Sturgess is seeking to be the SNP’s candidate for Argyll, Bute and South Lochaber at the next election. And he’s trying to do it by wearing two faces at the same time. You cannot change sex “at a physical […]
Holiday Boy is sadly incapacitated today – ironically, having injured himself on his last holiday – but fortunately we do have some graphical content for you, having just been leaked this copy of the SNP’s campaign poster for the next general election. You can almost smell it, can’t you?
Last night a by-election hustings was held in Rutherglen to which all the candidates were invited to hear and answer questions from the electorate on women’s issues. The SNP, Labour, Green and Lib Dem candidates all declined to attend. But the SNP, at least, was represented at the event. Or at any rate, just outside […]
The Scottish National Party, in legal terms, is what’s known as an unincorporated association. (The same form of entity as Wings, local colour fans.) This has a number of interesting ramifications. The one that’s relevant to us today is this one: Because it may go a considerable distance to explaining this: The above are this […]
Tonight an SNP MP tweeted this: “Desperately”, eh? We wonder why it hasn’t been achieved in those nine years. Oh yeah. Now we remember.
To be honest it barely seems worth marking the ninth anniversary of the indyref. The day our nation – albeit narrowly – bottled out of becoming a real one again is nothing to be celebrated. The supposed party of independence has run away from the fight, concerned only with feathering its own nest, and its […]
The key word here is “DEMAND”. Because we’ve heard that one before, haven’t we? Those particular examples are from four years ago, but it always goes the same. The “demand” is actually a meekly-whispered request, Westminster says “LOL no” and the SNP scurry back to their constituency offices to count their Short money and order […]
Huh. But hey, maybe it’s just one of those things where you only get a drop-down menu and there’s no option for “Scottish”, yeah? Oh. Well, there you go then.
I’ve known my mate Chris since I was five years old. He’s a grand lad, the sort of Rangers fan you can introduce in polite company, a hardworking, small-c-conservative successful business owner who’d go out of his way to help you and has SNP councillors in his social circle. In 2014 he was a soft […]
There’s an interesting new blog today called “Will support for Scottish independence go away?”, based on some analysis of long-term polling and demographic trends. Its conclusion is, well, non-conclusive. But the real problem with it is that it’s asking the wrong question. Wings has very little doubt that support for Scottish independence will continue to […]
I’ve always been obsessed, in cultural terms, with pivot points: the precise moment when something significant changes irreversibly. They can be a goal that ushers in a football team’s golden era – for me, Alex McLeish putting Aberdeen ahead in the 1982 Scottish Cup final. They can be a twist in a movie, like (first […]
Well, there it is. It’s not like it hasn’t been coming. Two weeks before the SNP forced through the Gender Recognition Reform Act last December, shortly before the “Isla Bryson” affair catapulted the issue into mainstream prominence, they still led Scottish polling for a Westminster election by 26 points. Today, just nine months later, the […]
These are strange and grim times for the Scottish independence movement, but we never thought it’d ever get so strange that we’d be quoting Effie Deans. Since pretty much day one, Wings has said that the only honest and honourable way to campaign against independence would be for Unionists to say Scotland isn’t a country, […]
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