Author Archive | Tom Gallagher

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Unionism’s experience in NI should give Alex Salmond pause for thought on Derry’s Walls tomorrow…

When travelling outside Scotland,  Alex Salmond usually doesn’t miss an opportunity  to  characterise his Scottish National Party as ‘peaceful, civic, and inclusive’.  He did it in Bilbao in January when he was receiving the Sabino Arana award from  the authorities in the Basque Country. He is likely to bathe it in the same virtuous light more…

#IndyRef: ‘Yes’ Calls for Revolution Find Few Takers

Last Sunday, The Irish Voice hosted a debate in Malone’s Irish bar meant to focus some attention on issues of relevance to Scots of Catholic Irish heritage. In the event just 30 people turned up and at least 3 of those were journalists, including Mark Hennessy, UK correspondent of the Irish times. I was one more…

Battle for Britain and Scotland

Book Review: Battle for Britain: Scotland and the Independence Referendum

The Battle for Britain: Scotland and the Independence Referendum. By David Torrance. London: Biteback Books 2013. pp.xiv + 370. Paperback. The nature of the policies advocated by those seeking a ‘Yes’ vote in the September 2014 referendum on whether Scotland should depart the 306-year union dominate this timely and often insightful book. Perhaps its main more…

Paupers and Presidents

The disconsolate headline refers not to Ireland but to Bulgaria. The parliamentary republic tucked away in the south-east of the Balkan peninsula will be electing a new Head of State today 4 days ahead of Ireland (with provision for a second round if the 50% threshold is not reached by any candidate).. It is hard more…

Alex Salmond: Cock of the North Plots His Next Move

It is hard to imagine that the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections were fought in a country which once had a reputation for being a measured and highly Presbyterian place. Intent on independence, the trans-class Scottish National party (SNP) won resounding endorsement from a business community once renounced for its caution. The serious and popular ends more…

A Fractured Scotland Limps Towards Liberation

Scottish academics who have studied of inter-cultural conflict in Scotland disagree over the depth, persistence and manifestations of the phenomenon. On the basis of his Northern Ireland experience and an extensive academic survey completed a decade ago, Steve Bruce thinks the matter is taken out of proportion. Indeed, its purported exaggeration to him is Scotland’s more…

Good Times for Alex and his Nationalist Army

Support for an independent Scotland is at its lowest for years. But Alex Salmond is riding high in the polls. The Scottish National Party which he leads stands an excellent chance of winning more seats than its lacklustre Labour opponent in the fourth election for the Scottish parliament being held on 5 May. This means more…