Stephen Daisley

Stephen Daisley
Opinion and analysis on Scottish and UK politics (and some matters farther afield), with the odd dash of humour.
Created 22 May 2021
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  • I fought the Scotland Act and the Scotland Act won
    11 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    If you saw smoke belching out of the neighbours' house and phoned 999, there are a number of things you might expect to happen. A pat on the back from the firemen, perhaps, or next door turning up wit...
  • New Green on the scene
    11 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Sometimes it’s not what you say but how you say it and other times it’s the fact you didn’t try saying it out loud beforehand. Lorna Slater was full of beans (soy, presumably) in her opening speech to...
  • Tough enough
    11 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Anas Sarwar is toughening up at First Minister's Questions but toughness doesn't always mean fireworks. Sometimes the most resonant questions are those delivered in measured tones about impossibly dif...
  • Sorry not sorry
    07 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 4 0
    I’ve never won the lottery, penned a best-seller or seen a shooting star but I’ve watched Nicola Sturgeon apologise, and that gives me bragging rights over any millionaire novelist stargazer. When the...
  • The hounding of Kyrsten Sinema
    05 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    That progressives loathe Kyrsten Sinema is not news but the shifting boundaries of their loathing is noteworthy. The Arizona senator is assailed by MSNBC — formerly a punchy progressive news outlet, n...
  • Apps that don't work? There's a government for that
    04 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    Image: dmncwndrlch via Pixabay Can this government do anything right? Vaccine passports have been launched in a style now customary to the Sturgeon era — unmitigated shambles — and individuals and bus...
  • A deep and abiding affection
    03 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 4 0
    She stepped from the royal car and the throngs greeted her with cheers and whoops. The Queen, handsomely turned out in a cosy-looking emerald coat and hat combo, allowed a smile to break across her fa...
  • I Frustrated Disco
    01 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 3 1
    There is a chance Nicola Sturgeon is right about everything and it’s just the facts that keep getting it wrong, but I have my doubts. The First Minister was a portrait in certainty at FMQs and if she’...
  • Muddle on the dance floor
    30 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    Douglas Ross doesn’t strike me as someone who did much clubbing in his youth. The annual Morayshire NFU tea dance is doubtless a rare way to spend a Saturday afternoon but the only raving going on was...
  • Oh Henry
    27 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    The news that Henry McLeish could switch his support to independence in a future referendum poses a puzzler: how would we know? The forgotten first minister has had an on-again, off-again relationship...
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