12 March 2001
The trouble with being a socialist in Scotland is that your history is always going to be better than your future. It...
26 February 2001
The stitched-up marriage of convenience that is Scotland's coalition government is creaking at the seams. The partners...
19 February 2001
In Tony Hancock's classic The Blood Donor, the Scottish doctor with the posh accent languidly tells our hero: "We're...
12 February 2001
Scottish MPs at Westminster are "an endangered species with increasingly obsolete roles". Thus spake Alex Salmond as...
05 February 2001
There are two views of Scotland's First Minister, Henry McLeish. One is that he is a somewhat clumsy Mr Deeds come to...
22 January 2001
With rebranding all the rage (will children feel the same about a cartoon character called Consignia Pat?), Henry...
15 January 2001
Scotland's symbol is the lion rampant, the king of beasts on his hind legs, roaring at the world. The caricature of the...
08 January 2001
Scotland versus England is an age-old problem, but what may really divide us in the near future is the old-age problem...
18 December 2000
As Falkirk West prepares to send a new MP to Westminster, the question is not so much "who?" as "why?". The 21 December...
11 December 2000
Citizen Tommy, clenched fist held aloft (after shooting the crisp white cuff under his trendy three-button suit), is...
04 December 2000
This column is not written by the special adviser, spin-doctor, speech-writer or bag carrier to Scotland's new First...
20 November 2000
Palm Beach-on-the-Clyde, it is not. One look at Glasgow Anniesland in murky, miserable mid-November confirms that. No...
13 November 2000
Henry McLeish begins every speech with a ritual reference to the late Donald Dewar. Then, he proceeds to demolish the...
30 October 2000
When Leeds United's legendary manager Don Revie signed a batch of boy footballers in the early Sixties, one of them did...
23 October 2000
Now the obsequies are over, it is time to examine Donald Dewar's bequests. To the Scottish nation, a parliament. To the...

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