Here’s a chatty interview I took part in yesterday with Norrie Hunter of the excellent Caledon Radio – talking about Don Roberto and his life, along with land issues, my own journey to Yes, and where we are now on the path to independence.
Continuing a series of posts originally written through 2013/14 in the run-up to the first Independence Referendum. (First published as 96 Days, 13 June 2014) Sometimes an idea grips you in the guts and won’t let go. No amount of … Continue reading
All last week, working in my garden under clear blue skies, I watched the geese streaming north, high overhead, making for their summer grounds in Greenland. I wondered if they had registered any new strangeness in the place they were … Continue reading
With General Franco’s remains freshly exhumed from the mausoleum in the Valley of the Fallen, Spain’s public disavowal of his legacy must be ringing hollow in Catalan ears. The very thought of political prisoners in a European country in the … Continue reading
“Wherever I look, north, south, east or west, there is something that appeals to me as a Scotsman, there is something to stir one’s heart, something to make one feel that we are representatives of a distinct nationality—a nationality severed … Continue reading
What on earth would Don Roberto be making of Johnson (I take my cue from the commentator who advises against prefixing the B-word on the grounds that it serves to reinforce the brand)? What would he make of the pseudo-Churchillian … Continue reading
Mythical figures are necessary to society, but they can be problematical when they are members of your own family. Often described as being mythogenic, Don Roberto is one such figure. He was someone about whose exploits stories were, and continue … Continue reading
As the YES campaign gathered momentum, I became aware of a presence, a figure who had been biding his time in the shadows, patiently waiting for me to notice him … I grew up in a resolutely Tory household at … Continue reading