WHEN the official history of the SNP in government is finally produced, who will write it?
Well, given their control freakery, party chiefs might well want to author this definitive masterwork themselves, without external input.
But will there be any donors left to fund it? Possibly not, at this rate, in the midst of a fraud probe into more than £600,000 allegedly missing from the party’s accounts.
It’s something of a comedown for a movement that once filled stadiums with adoring supporters, queuing up to pay homage to the First Minister.
But we can be relatively sure that – in…
AFTER six years of entrenched secrecy, the Sturgeon regime is finally buckling under the weight of its own deceptions.
And there’s little doubt it will cling doggedly to those secrets for as long as it can, perhaps until after it has ceased to exist.
Richard Nixon spent most of his life after quitting the presidency battling to keep control of hours of Oval Office tape recordings.
With the same stubbornness, Nicola Sturgeon’s government is suppressing files relating to the Alex Salmond judicial review, in defiance of parliament.
And there’s something Nixonian about its tendency towards cover-up, paranoia and obfuscation –…
BACK in 2014, Nicola Sturgeon pledged her Government would be ‘open, listening, accessible and decentralising’.
Now her deputy John Swinney faces a no confidence vote for refusing to hand over key legal documentation to a Holyrood committee.
Lord Advocate James Wolffe is in a similar position: he’s head of the Crown Office, which hasn’t parted with material MSPs also want to see.
So, those two facts alone give you a good idea about the progress of that long-ago promise to run a more ‘open’ government .
It hasn’t happened, and the Sturgeon regime is in fact increasingly paranoid and secretive…
THERE was a time when the exact numbers turning out at pro-independence rallies were a matter of fierce debate.
Some participants would chastise the BBC for failing to give them enough coverage, or underestimating attendance.
It became so contentious that police stopped providing figures on the size of crowds — because they didn’t want to stoke controversy.
No more: take a look at some of the images from the All Under One Banner group’s ‘static rally’ in Dundee on Saturday — it wasn’t exactly mobbed.
Were it not for coronavirus restrictions, it’s conceivable all of those present could have fitted…
IMAGINE writing a postcard to a relative in a far-flung country who hasn’t been keeping up with events back home.
Where to begin? A former leader is accused of sexual harassment amid claims that complaints were covered up for years.
The ensuing in-house probe is a costly disaster, letting down victims and landing taxpayers with an astronomic bill — but no one loses their job.
There are a couple of inquiries characterised by unrelenting evasion, obfuscation, and downright suppression, to get to the bottom of what happened.
One concludes that the present leader misled parliament, and the other saves her…
THE text messages came thick and fast – but each of them had a similar theme: give your GP the widest possible berth.
A computer glitch, presumably, meant that I got about a dozen consecutively in short order, telling me the local surgery was in dire straits.
Due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ and ‘unprecedented levels of demand’, I’d be better off going to the chemist – anywhere except the GP practice.
I’d be surprised if there wasn’t a link between these texts being churned out and a consequent increase in preventable deaths – imagine a pensioner deciding to delay a trip…
IN more than 100 pages of a densely argued critique of Scottish education, there’s a standout — and rather worrying — line.
Teachers, we’re told, spoke of the need for ‘traditional practices to remain in place as the most efficient’ way to help their pupils.
So where does that leave the SNP’s trendy Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), introduced a decade ago?
It was intended to be a dramatically new way of equipping children with the skills they need in the 21st century.
But that throwaway reference to teachers gently reminding us about the importance of ‘traditional practices’ is telling —…
EVERY party or political movement needs a heavyweight to give it some gravitas and intellectual heft.
When it comes to big thinkers, the SNP is fishing in the shallowest of pools — and the shallowest of all is occupied by one James Dornan.
Last week, the Glasgow Cathcart MSP gamely strode onto the minefield of sectarian politics in a Holyrood speech.
His thesis was that an Edinburgh bus firm had scrapped timetabled trips on St Patrick’s Day because of anti-Catholic prejudice.
He said he could only assume that Lothian Buses had suspended some services because its bosses believed ‘Irish Catholics…
HERE’s a question for the pub quiz, assuming it’s Covid-compliant: who’s the most unsackable man in Scottish politics?
At first glance, you might take your pick of the upper echelons of the SNP administration — from John Swinney to Humza Yousaf.
But you get bonus points if you plumped for head honcho Peter Murrell, the party’s chief executive — the numero uno administrator.
He’s an enigmatic type, or has been until recently: we know from Twitter that he cooks for his wife Nicola Sturgeon, and they squabble over decorating the Christmas tree.
But this benign, perhaps put-upon, homebody is also…
WE could have broken free of the shackles of lockdown long before now – if it hadn’t been for those nasty Tories in London.
Or at least that’s the thrust of Devi Sridhar’s argument – she’s the expert who says we’d have been better off ploughing our own furrow.
The professor, one of Nicola Sturgeon’s advisers, asserted back in January that an independent Scotland would have made a better job of battling Covid.
Now she says: ‘We have done the best we can in Scotland and a lot of mistakes have been made but we are having our hands tied…
Home Affairs Editor, columnist, leader writer, Scottish Daily Mail. Twitter: @GrahamGGrant Facebook: @sdmnewspaper