ANYONE who did not believe that the European Question is the defining attribute of politics in these islands is in no doubt after Sunday. Different people come to independence for different reasons. I’ve always been motivated by the difference Scotland could make in the world, and the difference we could make to the lives of Scots by taking control over our own lives and making decisions here.
First published in The National, 4 October 2016Read more
As I’ve been travelling the country on the SNP Depute hustings trail, it is clear that the European Question is going to be the defining attribute of politics in these islands for years ahead. It is important to get it right, and where Scotland voted unanimously across each local authority area to remain, we must remember it was not unanimous.
First published in The National, 27 September 2016Read more
The whole point to independence is that we will not emulate the UK in how we work in the world. We will inherit an embarrassment of riches other countries would give their eye teeth for. English speaking, in the “middle” time zone to reach around the world, with a historical link to the Commonwealth, as well as deeper links to the European continent, Scandinavia and Russia.
First published in The National, 6 September 2016Read more
The SNP depute leadership contest is a great chance to be out and about, as I always am, discussing, sometimes debating, the future of Scotland’s leading party. It is a privilege to be part of, and I’m delighted with the response: the membership has embraced the process with gusto – 27 hustings in the diary! The vote will be one member, one vote, with the announcement at conference on October 13.
First published in The National, 30 August 2016Read more
I was at Glasgow Pride last Saturday, marching with a load of lovely folks from Out For Independence, the LGBTI group within the SNP, as well as a load of straight allies. It was a dreich old day, but nonetheless a life-affirming celebration with good chat, cheerfulness and nice people. Every Pride I go to I’m always struck by just how happy everybody is. Pride matters, because it is important to remember how far we have come, but also important to keep the pressure on. Scotland has come a long way, and is now ranked the best country in Europe for Equalities by ILGA-Europe, and while that is great, we’re not quite there yet.
First published in The National, 23 August 2016Read more