About this Blog

This is a blog on British and Scottish constitutional law and politics. Everything written here is in a personal capacity and represents the view neither of my employers nor of anyone else for whom I work.

6 thoughts on “About this Blog

  1. Pingback: Knifonomics (part 36): skewered Salmond | The Knife and me

  2. Hi,

    Not sure if you do commissions but I want to read something that no one appears to be writing and an unabashed unionist like yourself may be able to help out by writing a blog on the subject!

    If your wife/husband was walking out the door you would say something like “Darling what has gone wrong?” “Things can be different” etc. You would not say “Don’t be stupid” and “You’ll never make it on your own!” – unless you really want them to go that is. Yet that is exactly what the No campaign comes across like.

    I’d really appreciate someone making a POSITIVE case for what will be BETTER after a successful No vote – above and beyond the current status quo. Presumably a large chunk of the Scottish population are considering voting Yes out of some sense of grievance rather than purely for the love of Alex Salmond. How will these issues be addressed or won’t they?

    Many thanks,


  3. this is the most sensible account of the present situation I have read so far.keep on writing.i am a no voter and don’t need to be converted.i hear all these highly intelligent people and wonder how on earth they can believe what is coming from S N P.it is like they have been brainwashed.these are the voters who have our future in their hands.god help us all if they win…

  4. Before I start distributing today’s batch of Better Together literature I draw your attention to a letter I had published in today’s Scotsman. I believe that there is a lot more to non-nationalist Yes votes than Roger’s somewhat dated accusation of “some sense of grievance”.

    “We must hope that our elected representatives appreciate the extent to which the people have had enough of Westminster misgovernment. The strength of the UKIP and SNP lies in the fact that they present, for many people, an opportunity to threaten a UK
    “velvet revolution”.

    “It is therefore essential that Better Together realises that it is all too easy for Yes campaigners to misrepresent it as a campaign for the retention of the status quo. Repeated emphasis must be put not only on the glaring flaws in the arguments for independence and the United Kingdom’s remarkable past achievements but even more so on the opportunities for the future.

    “The way to achieve a resounding No vote is to convince a sufficient number of Scots that a new devolutionary settlement under which Scotland still shares resources and risks with our fellow UK citizens could result in a far more emancipated Scotland than we would be under the SNP’s surprisingly limited version of independence.

    “If we vote in September for ‘Independence Lite’ future Scottish governments, without any political representation in the Westminster corridors of power, would be severely constrained by the fiscal shackles imposed by membership of the Sterling Zone. The absurdly limited sovereignty Scotland would achieve would not begin to justify the turmoil resulting from a Yes vote.”

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