Commentary by Derek Bateman

If America’s torture regime was shameful, as even their allies claim, how much of that shame is shared by the UK?

From the handwringing and teeth-sucking there is a cloud of hypocrisy rising from those who prefer not to interfere in the United States’ actions and, if necessary, will participate in it, but then pretend ignorance.

At every level the orchestrated state torture of individuals, illegal and unconstitutional, is massaged by the guilty into self-serving convenience. So the President can shake his head at the anti-American morality of it all while simultaneously offering pardon to the culpable and the CIA can say of its barbarism  the ‘programme had shortcomings’.

Commentary By GA Ponsonby

The National is set for an indefinite print run.  The first daily newspaper to back independence for Scotland sold well during its five day trial.

Newsquest, the company that owns the Herald and the Sunday Herald, hopes to reap the obvious business reward that was awaiting the first publisher to create a product that the 1.6 million Yes voters would support.

By Derek Bateman


The chorus of whines is alive in the shires of England, and in Scotland the sound of deflating bagpipes can be heard. If the drones could fashion a dirge it would be Smith’s Retreat from Devo Max.


God, but it’s embarrassing for old Scotland to have such a gang of spivs and chancers picking over her entrails to see what’s worth keeping and what can be safely consigned to the bin.


My own lament is simple: Why, in Heaven’s name, didn’t we have the courage of our forebears and bestow on our country what is rightfully hers – sovereign independence.

PQ Insider considers what the Smith Commission might say about Scottish broadcasting

Here in BBC Scotland very close attention will be paid to Lord Smith’s report this week.

The rest of the world may be rightly concerned about the high politics, and the detail of fiscal and welfare devolution. Our news department and its hangers-on will be telling the story in their usual way. The audience will have no problem discerning the Labour line, plus whatever the SNP government spinners have told Brian Taylor.

By Derek Bateman


Have we become Irish? I ask because there is such a hilariously contradictory mood around that it could be St Patrick’s Day. ‘Happy? Of course we’re happy. We lost our independence and our living standards are going backwards but isn’t the party grand?’


Makes you wonder just what we would be doing if we’d won the referendum… ‘Cabinet members arrived for their first meeting dressed in assorted onesies. First Minister Sturgeon came in a panda outfit accompanied by the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band…The Cabinet sang Do They Know It’s Christmas before going into Bute House where they debagged Brian Taylor and threw his trousers on to the street. Reflecting off the windows were the flames of bonfires set by the mob in Charlotte Square gardens…’

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