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UKIP – what it means for Scots

UKIP – what it means for Scots

Clackmannanshire has just about 30 000 people on the Electoral Roll and, in a 30% turn-out last Thursday, 1200 of them voted for the UKIP candidate, David Coburn. That’s something over 1 2% – modest but significant and worrying. I have lived and worked in this area for nearly

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SCOTLAND YES AND NORTHERN IRELAND

SCOTLAND YES AND NORTHERN IRELAND

Lord Trimble has warned that a YES vote for Independence in Scotland could destabilise the peace process in Northern Ireland as it may increase pressure for a similar referendum to be held there also. He did concede that the democratic movement for constitutional change in Scotland was a

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NO Campaign Implodes

It was always going to be a daunting, political problem to construct a coalition, capable of  defending the Union in the Scottish Referendum. That it has failed so comprehensively, does not surprise many. I grew up in the cockpit of Northern Ireland politics but the vitriol there

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Life is short for too many

Life is short for too many

Peaches Geldoff ‘s funeral will be held tomorrow at the little, village  church with which the family has tragic and joyful association, two marriage and  funeral services. In this digital age, her death at the age of 25 has provoked expressions of grief from people whose only

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National Record Store Day

National Record Store Day

I bought my first record in 1958 when I was sixteen; it was ‘Rave On’ by Buddy Holly, a 45rpm single which I think cost six shillings (30p). I played it on a Dansette  with a record changer, as they were then known, made in Derry by

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Don’t Mention the Border

Don’t Mention the Border

There is an amusing cartoon doing the rounds, where the characters speculate on the possibility of the  Republic of Ireland   rejoining the Commonwealth in the aftermath of last week’s State Visit by an t-Uachtarán, Michael D.  I suspect that there are Georgian drawing rooms in Dublin where

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Death of a Pupil

Death of a Pupil

Another pupil had died from the meningitis outbreak. I watched Mr Shawa, the school caretaker, cleaning the white, pine boards and placing  them carefully  against the library building. He was making another coffin, the fourth in as many weeks. His task was carried out with quiet patience,

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