“What we ultimately need in the SNP is the space to begin talking about new, positive ideas again. Wider democratic debate within the party needs to go beyond listening exercises. We need to facilitate discussions to develop our independence strategy and economic policy, and we need the democratic mechanisms to ensure the party is delivering the will of its membership.”

Craig Berry: Democracy within the SNP must go beyond listening exercises


New polls on the Scottish elections in 2021 and on support for independence have raised the question of a referendum again. The polls show the SNP on course to win 72 seats in the Holyrood election scheduled for next May, an outright majority, while support for independence is at 52 per cent. A slender lead, […]

One more heave will not deliver indyref2


“The extent of US influence engenders the most profound questions of democratic sovereignty, war and peace, and economic and social life. These questions are posed afresh by the post-Cold War decline of US hegemony and its always questionable moral authority. Is there a viable alternative to being a province of the empire?”

After the US: Is Scottish neutrality a viable future?



It is a grim irony that on the day it was announced that Heriot-Watt University had removed the Salmond “rocks will melt with the sun before I allow tuition fees to be imposed on Scotland’s students” stone, the Scottish Parliament had one of its most dire day’s on historical record. Many university Principals are now […]

A grim day in Holyrood