16 October 2000
Edinburgh is the Jekyll-and-Hyde town. The birthplace of the creator of literature's most famous two- in-one character...
09 October 2000
Dennis Canavan is the Scottish Ken Livingstone. Though he no longer sports what used to be the prickliest of the "wild...
02 October 2000
The hit musical Chicago has a character, Amos "Mr Cellophane" Hart, who sings: "You can look right through me, walk...
18 September 2000
Any man who breathes with lungs that are not his own has to be one of life's survivors. The Scottish Education Minister...
11 September 2000
Whitehall has Sir Humphrey; in Scotland, he is Sir Hamish. He can be just as smooth and insufferably smug as his...
24 July 2000
Scots have their own equivalent of Jewish "chutzpah". It is called "smeddum" - and Alex Salmond has had it in spades....
17 July 2000
Labour in London spins - but in Scotland, it is more of a reel. It is hard to keep a clear head in the dizzy whirl, and...
10 July 2000
The First Minister and "Father of the Nation", Donald Dewar, has cheered Scotland up by making a rapid recovery from...
Politics
03 July 2000
Surreptitiously, a term of disparagement has crept into the Scottish vocabulary: "Weejies". If you are a "Weejie", you...
Politics
12 June 2000
Scottish Labour MPs at Westminster are like the older brother who gets the blame for the trouble caused by tearaway...
Politics
29 May 2000
Andrew Wilson is the new fresh face of the Scottish National Party. In truly trendy style, he embodies what the...
Politics
15 May 2000
Another 1,400 Scots are putting on headsets and preparing to spend their working days talking to complete strangers...
Politics
01 May 2000
Wendy Alexander rarely sits, but perches. That and her perky personality give her a little-bird chirpiness that is at...
Politics
10 April 2000
A not-so-funny thing has happened on the way to the Scottish Parliament. The relationship between politicians and press...
Politics
27 March 2000
Messrs Gallup, MORI, NOP and other pollsters take note. A new psephological term has been born: The Scunner Factor. It...

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