New Scotland

It’s Democracy Stupid

By Christopher Silver @silverscotland One of the most telling phrases in modern politics, “It’s the economy, stupid”, was coined by a strategist within Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign office to keep party activists on message. The more that I listen… Read More ›

Escher Politics

By Mike Small Under pressure from those who feel soiled by sharing a platform with the Tories (though oddly feel no problem in them running our country with no mandate) Labour today launch their very own No campaign: ‘Better Together… Read More ›


This is the first of a series of extracts from Scotland’s Road to Socialism – Time to Choose, edited by Gregor Gall and published by Scottish Left Review Press. By Mike Small In the face of the austerity measures sweeping… Read More ›

On the Road

By Jamie Maxwell One of the favourite refrains of the Scottish right is that Scotland’s centre of political gravity does not, as socialists and nationalists like to insist, sit to the left of the rest of the United Kingdom’s. Citing… Read More ›

The Irn Lady

By Mike Small As Jimmy Reid famously said, he didn’t leave the Labour Party – the Labour Party left him. This is a week where that statement echoed down the years. Last week we poked fun at Ed Miliband’s content-free… Read More ›

Ed in Inverness

This is the actual speech given by Ed Milband, leader of the Labour Party. It’s worth reading, if only to pay witness to the continuity with Blair-language styles and structures. There’s the policy-free non-content, there’s the appeal to some weird… Read More ›

Young Hearts

By Mike Small Support for independence has gained ground for the first time in over a year, according to a new IPSOS Mori Scottish Public Opinion Monitor. The poll of more than 1,000 Scots shows that backing for Scotland to… Read More ›

The Seven Wonders

Scotland’s Stories: Imagining and Making Our Own Collective Future by Gerry Hassan Scotland’s future is about greater self-government but at the same time it has to be about more than that if it is to reach out and be relevant… Read More ›

Definitely Maybe

Devo Max, Devo Plus or Devo Shshh. All are off the ballot. Doug Daniel surveys the landscape and asks why?   The framing of David Mundell’s premature enunciation of the agreement between the Scottish and UK governments in regards to… Read More ›

The Answer is 43

This from British Social Attitudes 2o12 by John Curtice and Rachel Ormston Evidently there is something of a puzzle to be unravelled here… “As Table 7.6 shows, in fact the principle of ‘home rule’ or ‘devolution max’ appears to be… Read More ›

Definitely Maybe

By Mike Small Gideon was in Scotland yesterday complaining of economic uncertainty. No hint of irony, apparently. Media outlets were no doubt geared-up for a double-whammy of ‘authoritative Westminster Chancellor says so’, combined with the dark utterances of CBI director… Read More ›

Oh Danny Boy (le)

By Mike Small This was Cameron’s Cool Britannia, a moment where we could ignore the reality of Bullingdon Club Britain and pretend instead that we were led by Kenneth Branagh in a multicultural bliss. This is West Wing mind games,… Read More ›