Newsweek Scotland: Deja Vu
Some deja vu this week. First I heard Daydream Believer and was whisked back to my early teens when the Monkees burst on the scene. We've forgotten now but there wasn't much in the way of television for teenagers then and we only really saw the Beatles on Top of the Pops or the other music show Ready Steady Go. In fact I remember pop shows with people like Dave Clark, the Kinks and Cilla appearing at the cinema. But the Monkees popped up every Saturday in the living room and we loved that air of impudence and optimism they generated. Farewell Davy Jones.
And deja vu because I was at the SECC beside the Clyde when the Future of Scotland Coalition met for the first time to bring a citizen's eye to the constitutional debate and was reminded of seemingly endless gatherings of the Constitutional Convention in the 80s and 90's. It was so low key that you had to look hard to discern the shoots of a real political movement, so much so I couldn't even see a report in the Scotsman the next day. But I suspect it's simmering and there are groups within who will grow impatient with the parties and the politicians' games and will want to break out and express themselves. They certainly won't like the Devo Plus group saying they will only propose their plan if Scotland does their bidding first and votes No to independence.Conditional politics? Isn't that just a bit patronising? Or how about Tavish Scott claiming that Devo Plus had killed off Devo Max. A bit presumptious, perhaps? It implies that now he has made up his mind the rest of us are wasting our time. Does that sound like democracy to you? Still they've come up with something, so good on them.
We'll look at this week's developments. It seems Johann Lamont really is saying No to anything other than more block grant. Is that the extent of Labour thinking, do you imagine? Isn't it the block grant that causes so much resentment in England? Does that also mean that Labour will go into the referendum campaign only saying No and yet with no offer of their own? We'll hear from Murray Pittock, Lesley Riddoch and David Torrance and ask what enhanced powers might deliver for Scotland. How might it change our country?
We discuss Trident nuclear weapons with a professor who thinks Scotland can't really say No to them. We look at the Russian elections and the Aberdeen Gardens referendum and get Angus Macleod's paper review. I'm off to catch the Last Train to Clarksville.