Today’s Thinking

David Torrance
Is Alex Salmond - the best Unionist Nationalist?

Is Alex Salmond - the best Unionist Nationalist?

WHAT THE MEDIA calls the ‘silly season’ is well known for its distorting effect on the political classes. Deprived of their usual packed itinerary and Parliamentary agenda, politicians resort to making speeches; finely-crafted orations designed ...

David Torrance
A royal referendum? Not on Alex Salmond's agenda

A royal referendum? Not on Alex Salmond's agenda

DESPITE Alex Salmond’s best efforts, the monarchy has never quite gone away as a bone of contention during the long march towards Scottish independence. Once or twice over the last couple of weeks the First Minister ...

David Torrance
My political tour opens my eyes and challenges assumptions

My political tour opens my eyes and challenges assumptions

THE WRITER and land campaigner Andy Wightman once tweeted about my penchant for what he called ‘constitutional tourism’, i.e. a tendency to visit countries and territories not for sun, sea and sand, but for tours of ...

David Torrance
Independence debate needs a poetic lift

Independence debate needs a poetic lift

MARIO CUOMO'S most repeated quote holds that politicians ought to ‘campaign in poetry’ but ‘govern in prose’. The former New York governor (pictured) was making an obvious point: that while the business of government necessarily ...

David Torrance
Scottish? British? English? It's only tennis...

Scottish? British? English? It's only tennis...

I’ll begin with a confession: I can’t stand tennis. Like most sports, it bores me rigid, while the notion of sitting through an entire match – be it at Wimbledon or anywhere else – makes ...

David Torrance
No Gay bounce for Tories on the Gay Pride march

No Gay bounce for Tories on the Gay Pride march

STEPHEN FRY once got into trouble, while Rector of Dundee University, for saying ‘one should try everything once, except incest and country dancing’. But he was right (not completely, I quite like country dancing), one ...

David Torrance
Will the English and Ex-Pats Love-Bomb Scotland?

Will the English and Ex-Pats Love-Bomb Scotland?

EARLIER THIS MONTH Alistair Darling launched the London branch of the Better Together referendum campaign, imploring 800,000 Scots living in the rest of the UK (including 100,000 in its Capital) to get involved in the ...

David Torrance
Just who are Scottish and British?

Just who are Scottish and British?

ON TUESDAY I was in Swindon for a family funeral. I’d only met my great aunt Betty once, in the year 2000 when I was studying journalism at Cardiff University, but I remember her being ...

David Torrance
Tory Game of Thrones makes for an interesting conference

Tory Game of Thrones makes for an interesting conference

A FEW SAYS BEFORE the Scottish Conservative Party conference kicked off in Stirling, Murdo Fraser, the nearly-man of Tory politics, tweeted about “All that plotting, backstabbing and graphic sex, its just like Game of Thrones. But ...

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Would "Salmondomics" resemble the Gulf States?

A COUPLE OF years ago Alex Salmond came in for a bit of ridicule when, during a trip to Doha, he said Qatar and Scotland had ‘remarkable similarities’. The First Minister meant ‘common strengths’ in ...

David Torrance
Was the SNPs Healey-fest a sign of desperation?

Was the SNPs Healey-fest a sign of desperation?

‘TWO WORDS’, said Alex Salmond at last week’s First Minister’s Questions, ‘Denis Healey’. The SNP leader is a great believer in repeating, ad nauseam, any vaguely helpful scrap of information that comes his way. He ...

David Torrance
SNP critique of UK applies more readily to the EU

SNP critique of UK applies more readily to the EU

THERE'S A bit of a dichotomy when it comes to the UK’s membership of the European Union, it’s either over or under analysed. The Conservative Party, for example, thinks rather too much about the Continent, ...