Strength to Remain

Let’s not retreat into the nostalgic past, nor forfeit our influence. Let’s not surrender to fear & doubt. Let’s strive to remain together. Big organisations are messy by nature. The BBC has been described as more a warring federation than an organisation, bound by little but a collective commitment to its mission and its values; the NHS seems a vast, sprawling enterprise sometimes united only … Continue reading Strength to Remain

Rugby and Heritage: Connections to the 1871 International

I’ve always liked my rugby. I can’t honestly say I’ve ever been that good at it mind. At school, I was – to put it charitably – an enthusiastic front row forward, shifting to flanker as others got bulkier. Nowadays, I’m confined to non-contact rugby by recurrent injuries. Yet there has always been an interest, for me, in the way in which rugby seems to … Continue reading Rugby and Heritage: Connections to the 1871 International

‘The World is too much with us’: Scotland & Britain After the Referendum

The principal figures that emerged from the debate with their reputations enriched were not callous youths, but wizened campaigners. Salmond led a campaign that seemed to energise and undermine political engagement in equal measure. By drawing people into the Yes campaign, he created a surrogate for traditional civic institutions. Inclusivity drove engagement with the cause and activated a core of the electorate previously not well … Continue reading ‘The World is too much with us’: Scotland & Britain After the Referendum

Refashioning the Fashioned

There will be no great flood nor biblical disaster should the result of the imminent referendum favour Independence. Yet both Scotland and what is left of the United Kingdom will be tarnished by the process: poorer for want of diversity, and poorer for lack of solidarity. Old acquaintances forgot for want of favour. Despite never emigrating, I was denied a vote on the future of … Continue reading Refashioning the Fashioned