September 18th. The sixth anniversary of Indyref. I’m sure I am not alone among Source Direct subscribers in wondering if we will ever see as politically vibrant times again as the summer of 2014, when it felt like there wasn’t a person in Scotland who wasn’t actively engaged in shaping the country’s future. So much […]

Don’t lose sight of what made 2014 special


“There is a degree of courage that the Scots, and in particular Nicola Sturgeon, must show if they want the transition to independence and entering the EU, to be realistic. And that includes the currency. “It is not possible and it is not credible for the ‘independentists’, for the SNP, to advocate independence without advocating […]

Currency questions can’t be wished away



Education Secretary John Swinney’s U-turn was about as complete as could be, to the extent that it was more an O than a U. All those SQA moderators may as well not bothered – Swinney has rubbed out their markings.  The questions about what this means for the future of Scottish education are profound (David […]

Grading U-turn is the starting pistol on 2021 election


With the long-weekend behind us, Source Direct is coming late to the SNP bunfight. The room is being tidied up, and the National Executive Committee are nursing hangovers, as well as one or two bruises. Why did it happen, and what does it mean? First, for those of you who missed all the fun and […]

‘Cherrymandering’ may back-fire on the SNP leadership


We live in strange times where little is surprising, but George Galloway seeking to form a national coalition government with the Tories and Labour in the Scottish Parliament is still strange, and slightly surprising. I remember watching Galloway happily stand on platforms with independence supporters, including the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, to rail against the […]

Get ready for a nastier British nationalism



Dave Thompson, a former SNP MSP and 55 year veteran of the party, who is now setting up a list vote coalition in defiance of it in the 2021 elections, has a role in one of those ‘what if?’ moments in political history. In the 2007 election, he noticed that the returning officer for the […]

Scottish politics shouldn’t fall down a D’Hondt shaped hole


“Never before have the foundations of public support for the Union looked so weak,” polling expert John Curtice has declared. His basis for this assessment is the latest poll by PanelBase showing 54 per cent in favour of Scottish independence, with 46 per cent against, which added to other previous polls over the past six […]

5 ways to build pressure for the Right to Decide


The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted how many people have fallen through the gaps of the current UK social security system. The Scottish Government commissioned a report on the feasibility of running a pilot scheme for a Citizens’ Basic Income in Scotland – at a time when such a scheme is needed more than ever. But the power to implement even a pilot for CBI rests with the UK government.

Report calls for UBI to be piloted in Scotland