Drumlanrig: Nato assault course for battling Brown

Keith Brown. Picture: Julie Bull
Keith Brown. Picture: Julie Bull
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Keith Brown, the square-jawed former Marine turned SNP transport minister, has a new battlefield manoeuvre to execute.

Word reaches us that his local SNP constituency party in Ochil has come down in favour of retaining current SNP policy rejecting Nato membership, and feels that those in the party proposing the U-turn – aka Field Marshall Angus Robertson and Mr A Salmond – need to be sent homewards to think again.

No SNP minister has yet come out to defend the party status quo. But, given the strength of grassroots’ feeling, might the ex-commando be the first one?

Weegie outburst puts Cybernats on guard

Alex Salmond’s popularity – at least west of Harthill services – appears in some doubt after boos greeted the First Minister at the Olympic parade in Glasgow on Friday. The work of scheming Unionist fifth columnists infiltrating the crowds? A spontaneous outburst of Unionist fervour? The verdict of Weegies who remain peeved at SNP anti-sectarian laws? Or just the usual cabbage-throwing that has been the politicians lot for centuries?

Oddly sensitive Nat tweeters stormed online immediately to claim it was all a UK plot. Are they worried? Or just obeying orders?

Same-sex marriage? No, I’m a Labour MP

Labour MP for Greenock Iain McKenzie got cornered while appearing on Radio Scotland’s Brian’s Big Debate on Friday when the eponymous Brian (Taylor) asked him whether he backed the SNP government’s plans on same-sex marriage. An uncomfortable McKenzie, the successor to the late great David Cairns, declined to say, declaring that Westminster wasn’t currently looking at the issue at the moment. Handy excuse, is devolution.

Patriotism flags amid Olympic backlash

At least the Olympic parade did not see a fresh outbreak of flag wars. Earlier in the summer, when the Olympic torch had come to Edinburgh, the Scottish Government coughed up £1,450 to pay a marketing firm to hand out Saltires, to balance out the Union Flags on display. This time round, it didn’t bother. “It’s not a day for politics,” as Alex Salmond declared.