Category Archives: scottish politics

The stupidity of the posturing of David Cameron and the independence referendum

I have argued previously that legislation providing for a referendum on independence falls outwith the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament (see here, here, and here). This view is shared by former Tony Blair aide John McTernan (that link is behind the Scotsman … Continue reading

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ABN: Good win for Goodwin? I know a man that thought so

The RSS feed for the Scottish government Freedom of Information releases indicated the publication of material in response to freedom of information requests. Most interesting of the correspondence released is this. The letter of May 2007 reads: “Dear Fred I … Continue reading

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The referendum and legality: the parliamentary debates

Over at the blog post on Lallands Peat Worrier commenter, Indy, has argued persistently that Hansard offers the legal justification to the SNP in supporting the holding of the referendum.  Indy’s argument is, “Regarding the passage of the Scotland Bill, my … Continue reading

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Why the referendum bill falls outwith the legislative competence of Holyrood

The other day I posted about the referendum bill and suggested that one of the reasons the bill was likely to be dropped by the Scottish government was that the bill fell outwith the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament. … Continue reading

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Conjuring tricks, legislative competence, and referenda

As a child I was taken to a magic show, where the conjurer practised close-up magic. He’d wave the cards in front of you, and wonder of wonders you’d miss the sleight of hand. Until he tried it with a … Continue reading

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Lockerbie release a year on

Given the nonsense being spouted by US Senators about the release of Megrahi last year I thought I’d look at my original thoughts last year. In the midst of the media reporting I added a couple of comments to The Guardian website. I … Continue reading

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Should you go about interfering in other countries’ judicial processes.

Foreign secretary William Hague today added to the calls from the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee for the Governor of California Arnold Schwarenegger, his justice minister, the US attorney general, and the senior doctor in the California prison service to come to Scotland … Continue reading

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A question for the Conservatives

This is a quickly written squib so forgive me for the lack of full consideration in what follows. The election is close. And in a close election the figures as they stand in the polls suggest that the best the … Continue reading

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Digital Economy BIll – they don’t get it to do they

Well, my MP Michael Connarty after explaining that he was concerned about the amount of time being given to the Digital Economy BIll, and concerned about deficiencies in the drafting (pointed out to him) and the implications for various individuals (but declined to … Continue reading

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The meeting between MacAskill and Megrahi I – the parliamentary explanations

The release of the documents today regarding the decision making process applicable to the release of Mr Megrahi has generated plenty of publicity elsewhere (and rendered the Scottish labour party position which criticised the substance of the decision to release Megrahi virtually untenable). The legal … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous Lockerbie legal things

Firstly a thank you to those who have commented on my post in relation to my twitter exchange with Louise Bagshawe either at the post or on posts elsewhere (special thanks to  ). The comments are much appreciated. I had feared … Continue reading

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Lockerbie again – twitter and the delights of correspondence with an A list Tory candidate

I promised a post on MacAskill visiting Megrahi. I’ll do that later in the week, using the Official Report of the Parliament but something came up, something that angered and upset me. So to explain. I like twitter. Initially cynical I … Continue reading

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Lockerbie again

I listened to Kenny macAskill’s statement today on the release of Megrahi. I found him more impressive in audio than on video – but was a little dismayed at the repetition of answers (I think I picked up that it was … Continue reading

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MacAskill: still unfit to be Justice Secretary

I am not going to consider the release of Mr Megrahi today. We all knew it was coming, and adding further comment on a speech from Mr MacAskill that felt at times like one of those dull sermons for which prebyterian … Continue reading

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MacAskill is unfit to be Justice Secretary

Imagine it. Harold Shipman didn’t kill himself in his prison cell. He survived, and years later in 2007 develops cancer. Dying, Shipman applies for compassionate release, and Jack Straw goes to see him prior to taking the decision. How would … Continue reading

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SNP lose the Scottish budget vote

On the casting vote of the presiding officer. Last year Salmond indicated he’d resign and call an election.  Well, he can’t do that for reasons explained  last year. So what next?   ETA Apparently a new budget is to be prepared … Continue reading

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The Kenny MacAskill monkey operated random cliche and platitude generator

Speaking about football today Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill and his team of an infinte number of monkeys today proved that not only can the infinite number of monkeys write Hamlet, but also that the monkeys can generate a speech laden … Continue reading

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Bank securitisations – A reply to Calum Cashley

Yesterday evening around 8 pm I posted a reply to a comment in a blog post by Calum Cashley, the SNP candidate for Edinburgh north and Leith.  22  hours later Mr Cashley has not moderated my comment, and hence has not published it on … Continue reading

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Don’t mention Iceland – I did once but I think I got away with it

This story has two beginnings.  The first is a tale grossly over-simplified. In the beginning there was securitisation, and the lawyers and the financiers looked on securitisation and it was good. "“The article … addresses its core question: is the securitization process … Continue reading

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Ye shall know them by the company they keep

Cathy Jamieson launched her leadership campaign yesterday and was accompanied by her campaign manager Hugh Henry (pictured below). Glad to see that this is a campaign of all the talents.

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