Scotland is my country and I have nothing to prove to you

My reflective mood is still like a runaway train as far as the recent Scottish independence referendum is concerned. One issue that I regret wasn’t raised more often was national identity. Whilst the Yes campaign should be credited with the positives in talking about how to solve the problems and issues that exist within our…

Has Scotland taken a major step towards independence?

It’s been over two months since the outcome of the referendum came to fruition. For me and over 1.6 million voters, the outcome was distastefully sour. The tears, grief, bewilderment and the anxiety about what was to lie ahead dominated our feelings from the moment just after 6am on the 19th September when Scotland decided…

The Americanisation of Scottish politics

Admittedly, I’m still absolutely struck by the enormity of Saturday’s major gathering of Scottish National Party members at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. The vast number of people, the musicality of the occasion and the emphatic volume of the message coming out from one of the world’s major exhibition venues secured the recognition and overall…

If you thought Alex was good, then you haven’t seen Nicola yet

Tonight, Scotland is under new leadership. Irvine born Nicola Sturgeon has become the youngest politician in Scottish political history to take up the post of First Minister of Scotland. And although she has just taken over from Alex Salmond, she is no unknown. Already a major household name within Scottish public life, Nicola has arguably…