Devolution has been a “disaster” in Scotland, and was Tony Blair’s “biggest mistake”. Boris Johnson has only said what is almost certainly the quiet consensus in the British establishment, but it’s important that the words are now on record. I would wager that Blair thinks the same. You have to see devolution from the the […]

Johnson’s devolution comments are a sign of weakness


Some Source Direct subscribers may have a vague memory of a huge chicken following David Cameron around the UK during the 2010 General Election. The chicken had a Daily Mirror badge on, and was meant to indicate that Cameron was too chicken to answer tough questions.  Fast forward a decade, and the Mirror Chicken has […]

Flew the coop


As Scotland enters its new tiered system of restrictions today, England is getting prepared to dump it. Boris Johnson’s Saturday announcement of a four-week national lockdown, only for England, came about six weeks after his SAGE advisors had argued for a two-week circuit-breaker lockdown and he offered up the tiered system. What a mess.  The […]

A second lockdown will be very different


Where are we on the UK-EU trade deal, the latest saga in a long line of Brexit sagas stretching back to 24 June 2016, the day after the Leave vote (which feels like ancient history by now)? EU leaders met in Brussels yesterday for a two-day summit, and apparently got the Brexit business out the […]

Deal or No Deal?




“Johnson’s march on Scotland has a campaigning feel to it. It seems like a long time since a UK Prime minster could come to Scotland simply as part of normal government business. Every venture north now comes with dangers and is embarked upon for the grim necessity to ‘save the union’.”

Analysis: Year one of Boris Johnson’s firefight