The Cummings-Johnson showdown looks likely to play out like Holyrood’s own high noon. Revelations and accusations will titillate the political class; and some authentically scandalous insights into state power will be uncovered. But the wider public may look the other way.

Source Direct: Cumm Again?

We should oppose the monarchy because it symbolises state power as fundamentally divorced from popular control and reduced to meaningless gestures, a truth that applies whether we have a dyspeptic colonialist monarchy or an Atlanticist “people’s princess”.

Source Direct: Bananas Monarchy

It was heartening to see many Scottish commentators and institutions respond to the visit without the usual fawning. But the monarchy risks distracting from true republican questions about state power.

Source Direct: Britain’s Magical Kingdom

“The Scottish independence movement emerged precisely as a response to war, economic crisis, environmental decline, national, local and global inequalities. It identifies the British state as a road block to sound governance and a serious orientation on the social, economic and geopolitical problems we face.”

Why independence won’t go away