A podgy, grey old man wanders the streets with a placard featuring an unattractive image of the ‘Sturgeon’ shouting the latest in a series of deranged predictions:
Does anyone seriously believe that Nicola Sturgeon intends to hold a referendum next year, or the year after? In the aftermath of a pandemic, which may have further waves and variants? With the public finances wrecked and Scotland’s economy on life-support from the UK? I think Scotland’s voters have twigged: she’s kidding on. It’s an indy neverendum.
I am not, under any circumstances giving this the detailed response it would deserve if the author was a trusted commentator but given that the Herald keeping posting his stuff and that perhaps one reader might believe it, I’ll give it a few minutes.
‘Life support from the UK?‘
I understand many of the ill-informed in Buckinghamshire believe that sort of thing but most of us up here know that Westminster borrowed the money for the ‘life support’ they’re on too and that we’ll be paying it back together.
There is nothing ‘from the UK’ that we did not earn before and he either knows that and is thus deeply cynical or he does not know it any more and that’s worrying for him.
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It’s been coming for some time. Ian Macwhirter, apparent supporter of independence in 2014 but soon disgruntled supplier of bitter opinion pieces attacking Nicola, NHS Scotland and anything Scottish, has finally come out. This revisionist piece today places him well for a career in London as a house jock. He writes: Like him or loathe him, Boris Johnson will tonight become one of the most important political figures of the past century when the House of Commons finally votes for his Brexit trade deal. Thus ends nearly half a century of British membership of the European Union, and the Brexit culture war … Continue readingMacwhirter for top job at Telegraph?8 COMMENTS
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In the Herald today, Iain Macwhirter writes: As the Herald’s coverage of the latest Aberdeen outbreak confirms, track and trace has lost its way there. That’s both untrue and offensive to all the hard-working members of the team. How about some facts? On the Aberdeen outbreak: Of the people identified as requiring contact tracing only 3 individuals out of 925 could not be contacted. In other words, teams traced 99.7% of those positive cases which is quite a remarkable achievement. Based on that work, the teams also traced more than 5,000 contacts. And they have been successful in contacting 98.8% … Continue readingIain Macwhirter insults Aberdeen track and tracers and our intelligence10 COMMENTS
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Taking the second point in the headline first, Macwhirter’s ‘some in the SNP‘ has no real evidence for it other than that from a tiny handful of disgruntled former leading members, with links to the Scottish media. There has been no poll asking Scots if they think the FM has lost the desire for independence. As for what Nicola wants, here’s Macwhirter’s theory based on his reading of her personality based on her behaviour in the Covid crisis: So, because in dealing with the most significant, life and death, leadership challenge of her life, where she is surrounded by expert … Continue readingMacwhirter’s cod psychology is just a more genteel form of attack on the SNP leader9 COMMENTS
Opinion: Garbage, garbage, but Iain Macwhirter has not yet cornered the market on having an unctuous feel
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I suppose you have to mishear what some politicians say if you need to write something, anything, today. Here’s what occasional Independence supporter, the Herald’s Iain Macwhirter, has to say today: Ms Sturgeon’s speech received rave reviews from the former Chancellor George Osborne and the former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith. Mind you, I’m not entirely sure that they quite heard what she said. Mr Osborne urged Boris Johnson, as he returns to his desk tomorrow, to listen to her views on the “hard trade-offs” that the public must accept as we “plan to end the lockdown”. They seemed to … Continue readingThe Sturgeon Pivot and the Macwhirter Hearing-aid Syndrome