Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson: The SNP are great at asking for your views – but nobody’s listening

The Scottish ­Government are big on consultations. You name it, they’ll ­consult on it. At present, you can have your say on anything from ­cremation costs to Improved ­Parking in Scotland.

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Scottish National Party Leader Nicola Sturgeon poses in front of SNP MPs elected in the general election Picture:Taylor/Getty Images

Brian Wilson: Liberation day for Scots fed up of indyref2

Last Thursday’s general election confirmed the political mortality of the SNP and a shift in Scottish politics, writes Brian Wilson.

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Jeremy Corbyn waves as he leaves the Labour party headquarters in London. Picture: SWNS

Brian Wilson: Don’t mistake honourable defeat for electability

Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon have the same bitter lesson to digest – do not take the voters for granted. By assuming their own invincibility, both have incurred calamitous outcomes which raise questions about their own futures.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during the launch of the SNP General Election manifesto at Perth Concert Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 30, 2017. See PA ELECTION stories. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Brian Wilson: stop the indyref2 ‘long game’, fix Scotland

It’s time to move beyond identity politics by ripping up the rulebook for Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘long game’, writes Brian Wilson.

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Theresa May has made a dramatic U-turn on her manifesto policy on social care. Picture: Toby Melville/Getty Images

Brian Wilson: Another Theresa May U-turn raises eyebrows

Our eyebrows are raised as ministerial expectations drop after another U-turn by Theresa May, writes Brian Wilson.

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Kezia Dugdale's decision to suspend Aberdeen councillors was dunderheaded, says Brian Wilson. Picture: John Devlin.

Brian Wilson: If parties work well together to serve communities, get on with it

It is hardly unknown for politicians to rely on shortness of memories but decency requires some restraints in the interests of credibility. Nicola Sturgeon’s demand for a place at the Brexit negotiating table breaches any such convention.

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Leader Ruth Davidson launches the Scottish Conservatives' general election campaign. Picture: SWNS.

Brian Wilson: ‘Tory-free Scotland’ an appeal past its sell-by date

The SNP are the party of austerity and skewed priorities, it should not be surprising if voters conclude it is time to create SNP-free zones, writes Brian Wilson.

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A mass outdoor rendition of Gerry Rafferty's classic Baker Street in Paisley.

Brian Wilson: Chance to follow Paisley pattern and back a local vision

Next week’s local elections have more or less disappeared into the morass of general election coverage and tedious referendum speculation.

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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson listen to Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon making a statement on BREXIT to MSP's in the debating chamber at the Scottish Parliament in the Edinburgh.

Brian Wilson: Expect more words about ‘respect’ this election

And verily, it came to pass, that temptation for the vicar’s daughter was just too great. With a 21-point lead in the polls, high-minded principle gave way to mortal opportunism with impressive alacrity.

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Local issues should be at the heart of next month's council elections, not the constitutional politics. Picture: John Devlin

Brian Wilson: Empty shops are a concern, not indyref2

It seems some of our politicians are determined council elections should be fought over whether there should be another independence referendum, writes Brian Wilson.

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Critics would claim Nicola Sturgeons referendum theatricals are not in anyones interest. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Brian Wilson: Permanent cacophony of grievance from SNP

I have observed little ­evidence of our First Minister doing humour, far less self-deprecation, so we must assume that her complaint about the UK government making “a leap in the dark” was not consciously satirical.

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Pro-Brexit demonstrators gather outside the Houses of Parliament in November last year. Picture: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Brian Wilson: What the public wanted was not on the EU ballot paper

In times past, I was the recipient of many cheery greetings from London bobbies manning the entrance to New Palace Yard. My memories are of decent, helpful people doing their vital job with a bit of banter and minimum of fuss.

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Nicola Sturgeon chose the wrong ground to fight on and will not change that by trying to crank up indignation, says Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson: Thank goodness – the Four Day War is over

Well, I’m glad that’s over and we can all get on with our lives, undisturbed by the prospect of a two-year campaign leading to indyRef2. Launched on Monday, sunk on Thursday – a mercifully short voyage.

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Jim Sillars backed Brexit. Picture: Jon Savage

Brian Wilson: Jim Sillars has exposed the dishonesty behind the case for IndyRef2

The old pros are the best. It took Jim Sillars to blow an exocet through the case being cranked up daily to justify a second Scottish independence referendum.

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Holyrood will hold more powers over fishing post-Brexit than at present, says Brian Wilson. Picture: Getty Images

Brian Wilson: Brexit will not remove Scottish Parliament powers

This week’s speech by Nicola Sturgeon to the David Hume Institute provided timely confirmation that fabrication of grievance is destined to prevail over honesty of appraisal as she manoeuvres to impose a second independence referendum. Buyers beware!

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Brian Wilson: Westminster should kick out indyref2

The BBC’s announcement of a new Scottish channel is terrific news – a truly imaginative initiative which will create great opportunities for our creative talents. Better still that one of the key intents is to expand access for Scottish content to UK-wide audiences and beyond.

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Syrian refugee families arriving in Scotland have generally found a warm welcome. Picture: Getty Images

Brian Wilson: Our door is open, but there are no easy answers to immigration issues

My fellow passengers on a flight from Edinburgh to Stornoway the other day included 18 Syrian refugees and the support team who had helped bring them from Turkey. The new arrivals spoke little English and, like migrants throughout history, must have harboured both hopes and apprehension as we hurtled through darkness towards the edge of Europe.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with Naomi Eisenstadt, independent adviser on poverty and inequality

Brian Wilson: Doctoring poverty report a poor inequality strategy

The decision of an independent advisor to the Scottish Government to ‘make changes’ to an official poverty report can not hide Holyrood failures, writes Brian Wilson.

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Sir Michael Fallon has indicated that granting a second independence referendum is by no means a foregone conclusion. Picture: Rousseau/PA Wire

Brian Wilson: It’s arrogant to pretend indyref2 is what Scots want

Assertion is a powerful force in politics. If something is said often enough, there is a strong chance of it becoming accepted as established fact.

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Nicola Sturgeon was said  to have reacted angrily to the Supreme Court ruling about a veto over triggering Article 50. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Brian Wilson: Another referendum? Not in my name

I voted to stay in the EU and before that, the UK. Another referendum? Not in my name, says Brian Wilson

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