The recent outcry over SNP Leadership candidates’ personal beliefs has highlighted a fundamental question about the very nature of our representative democracy.
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Helping Nicola Sturgeon Resign
It will be hard for Nicola Sturgeon to go, and unclear who will replace her: but go she must. We offer advice on when, and how, to quit.
A Pinch of Salt
It’s natural Unionists want to see what the SNP do in the dark be brought to the light – but we should be cautious before sharing anything from the recent SNP email breach.
Avoiding the Sunk Cost Fallacy
Sunk cost Fallacies come when our biases fool us to throwing good effort after bad. Learn to spot and avoid them.
Who were better? Take That, or New Kids On the Block?
Take That and New Kids on the block were both bands who gained commercial success from the early 1990s. While both groups have had their share of successes and devoted fans, there has been ongoing debate among music fans and critics about which group is superior. In this analysis, used music theory and statistical analysisContinue reading “Who were better? Take That, or New Kids On the Block? “
2022 in Review
Here are our highlights for 2022. It’s been a good year for the site, we more than doubled our visitors and increased the number of articles and analysis. January Most Scots started the new year blocked; and I was no different! I wonder what criticism it was that was too much so I made itContinue reading “2022 in Review”
A look at Hogmanay with some of the Scottish new year traditions and their sources.
8 Stoic Lessons in A Christmas Carol
8 Stoic lessons are to be found in the journey of Ebenezer Scrooge as he’s visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come
Interdependence is Normal
There’s no such thing as a country. Nation states are a shared figment of the imagination, defined by invisible, imaginary, interim lines on maps. There is no such natural thing as a country: maps, borders, coasts and people have changed over time. That’s one of the facts that highlight the pointlessness of nationalism. Who nowContinue reading “Interdependence is Normal “
How to spot a populist
A populist is a political leader or movement that seeks or obtains power by claiming to represent the interests of ordinary people and combat what they designate as the “elite” or the powerful. This is the ideational definition of populism I refer to in the prologue to the Populists handbook, which sees populism as aContinue reading “How to spot a populist “