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Dear fellow members of the SNP, and those who are not members but are with it on independence,I am going to be blunt, because the future of the Scottish nation is at stake. This letter argues that the Nicola Sturgeon speech of 31st. January, implicitly admitting that the
by Jim SillarsUnionists can rejoice. If they lose the next independence referendum, they can quote the Nicola Sturgeon doctrine on Brexit: if you don’t like the first result – vote again and get a chance to reverse the decision.  Never has such a foolish leadership decision been so easily
By Jim SillarsThe SNP anti-Brexit policy has failed, and unless that is recognised and a new policy produced, Scotland's people will pay the price first, followed by the SNP at the hands of the people.There is a price to be paid for blind adherence to a failed policy,
By Jim SillarsSNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford's outrage at the silencing of Scottish MP's was real and justified. Attempting to outfox the Speaker was procedurally clever, walking out not new - Donald Dewar's Labour did the same after the 1988 Govan by-election, to show they weren't Westminster lackeys.The
By Jim SillarsI am on the outer fringes of the SNP, but recognise its importance to the independence movement. Watching the party self-inflict an electoral wound, through constant demands for a second referendum, arising out of a complete misinterpretation of the EU referendum result, has been painful.I fear
By Jim SillarsA 'Hung' Parliament is not as hung as some may fear, and some may hope. A number of us still alive with experience of one, know it is much easier for the Government than most pundits realise, at least for the first two years. All parties have
by Jim SillarsElsewhere, I have argued it is wise to wait until the final UK-EU deal is known before deploying the case for independence. If it is a free trade deal with no tariff barriers, then we shall not face the same difficulties as in 2014, when with membership
by Jim SillarsPrepare for Gordon Brown coming back with another pre-emptive strike at independence, this time with Federalism. He’s written an article for the Daily Record, made a big speech to a think tank in London (broadcast on the Parliament channel), and has been dutifully, if unthinkingly, followed
The SNP is a key part, but not the only part, of the Yes movement; but right now it would seem to be the only part setting the agenda on another independence referendum. Some other views are required, and this is one of them.This letter is not about whether
Fifty-seven years in politics has taught me to listen to a spectrum of voices and always to recognise that none has a monopoly on wisdom. I can, therefore, read Alex Massie’s attack on SNP, and accept his identification of the SNP leadership’s failings post-Brexit. There may be 120,
by Joseph FarrellThere is an odd parallel between Britain's venerable and venerated constitution and a ruined castle which carries the scars of past invasions, sieges and wars. It is easy to be enchanted by the poetry of places like the castle in Bothwell, where history is visible in stone,
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by Jim Sillars"the principle of unlimited sovereignty of Parliament is a distinctively English principle and has no counterpart in Scottish constitutional law."Lord Cooper, Lord President of the Court of Session – MacCormick v Lord Advocate 1953 SC 396As the word "Think" in any YesThink
by Peter KearneyOn 23 June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union. It was the right result and will, in the long term be in the best interests of Scotland and Scottish independence. In the course of the last 15 years, the EU has become a frighteningly
by Jim SillarsUnionists can rejoice. If they lose the next independence referendum, they can quote the Nicola Sturgeon doctrine on Brexit: if you don’t like the first result – vote again and get a chance to reverse the decision.  Never has such a foolish leadership decision been so easily
By Jim SillarsThe SNP anti-Brexit policy has failed, and unless that is recognised and a new policy produced, Scotland's people will pay the price first, followed by the SNP at the hands of the people.There is a price to be paid for blind adherence to a failed policy,
By Jim SillarsSNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford's outrage at the silencing of Scottish MP's was real and justified. Attempting to outfox the Speaker was procedurally clever, walking out not new - Donald Dewar's Labour did the same after the 1988 Govan by-election, to show they weren't Westminster lackeys.The
By Jim SillarsI am on the outer fringes of the SNP, but recognise its importance to the independence movement. Watching the party self-inflict an electoral wound, through constant demands for a second referendum, arising out of a complete misinterpretation of the EU referendum result, has been painful.I fear
By Jim SillarsA 'Hung' Parliament is not as hung as some may fear, and some may hope. A number of us still alive with experience of one, know it is much easier for the Government than most pundits realise, at least for the first two years. All
by Jim Sillars

Elsewhere, I have argued it is wise to wait until the final UK-EU deal is known before deploying the case for independence. If it is a free trade deal with no tariff barriers, then we shall not face the same difficulties as in 2014, when with membership
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