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The communications people who prefer not to communicate

  Prior to my recent retirement I became increasingly uneasy with local authority management. I was particularly appalled by the abuse of language which characterised my employers. In March an email from the head of human resources arrived in head teachers’ in-trays. It started thus: ‘Over the […]

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In the end, the British ruling elite may hand the Scots devo-max on a plate

In the end, the British ruling elite may hand the Scots devo-max on a plate

It would indeed be neat if there were a simple Yes-No question on independence but the world is not neat, politics seldom tidy.  The one reason why some significant extension of devolved powers should be on the agenda, and on the ballot, is because it’s clear that […]

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How a visit to America has deepened my understanding of Scotland

How a visit to America has deepened my understanding of Scotland

How a visit to America has deepened my understanding of Scotland I’ve recently returned from the United States. My thoughts were often on Scotland: in part it was my holiday reading. Alan Bissett’s ‘Pack Men’, his exploration of sexuality, sectarianism and football in contemporary Scotland, also examined […]

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The Scots politician with too many principles to be a Soviet spy

The Scots politician with too many principles to be a Soviet spy

 The Scots politician with too many principles to be a Soviet spy He defines himself as ‘awkward’, and revels in the description. He was one of the best known and most effective of back-bench MPs, yet Tam Dalyell is one of the hardest of politicians to fathom. […]

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