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David Torrance
Clerk covering Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, monarchy & constitution; cyclist & traveller (retweets not endorsements)
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David Torrance 18h
Struck by the framing of Unionism in this as “not an end but a means – to a fairer and more prosperous Scotland”; echoes similar presentation of Nationalism/independence as a utilitarian means to a progressive outcome, rather than an existential end...
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David Torrance Aug 5
Ewan Gibbs: Scottish Independence – a Long View – Bella Caledonia
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David Torrance Aug 4
John Hume Was a Politician, Not a Saint - The Atlantic
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David Torrance Aug 4
Replying to @Torcuil @TimesObits
Yes, a fine obit overall, enlivened by such tit bits
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Sam McBride Aug 4
David Trimble, the unionist leader with whom John Hume shared the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on the 1998 Agreement, says that unionism needs to recognise the positive role that he played in Northern Ireland.
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David Torrance Aug 4
Replying to @Torcuil @TimesObits
The Douglas-Home anecdote was great
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Global Partners Aug 3
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BBC News NI Aug 3
John Hume obituary: The leader who helped bring peace to Northern Ireland.
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David Torrance Aug 3
'I'm going nowhere but up': Winston Peters on populism, politics and the polls
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David Torrance Aug 1
Alan Taylor: "Nicola Sturgeon - Britain’s most powerful woman" from the
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David Torrance Jul 30
Looking for background on some of the party/political/constitutional issues the next leader faces? This recently-published collection of academic essays might be a useful primer: (code NEW30 gets 30% off)
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David Torrance Jul 29
The existing structure could so easily be transformed into a much more interesting apartment block!
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PictureThis Scotland Jul 28
Subway Stations of Glasgow: Hillhead. (1977) Pic: George Watson.
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Dr Gareth Evans Jul 29
Some thoughts from me on the 15 July Senedd debate on Welsh independence.
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David Torrance Jul 29
This is a very fine book by the Oxford historian Ben Jackson (though published by CUP): a lucid and comprehensive history of nationalist political thought in Scotland. Fills a long-standing gap in the literature.
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David Torrance Jul 29
“Power grab” or “power surge”? The last of three Insight blogs by me on aspects of the recent UK Internal Market White Paper: (now with working link)
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Kieran Andrews Jul 29
Lords recommend forming a committee to scrutinise common framework proposals (which readers knew was coming a couple of weeks ago). Has a referee finally arrived for this constitutional battle?
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David Torrance Jul 29
“Power grab” or “power surge”? The last of three Insight blogs by me on aspects of the recent UK Internal Market White Paper:
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David Torrance Jul 29
The UK internal market proposals: a comparison with the EU approach
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David Torrance Jul 29
BBC News - Coronavirus: Ministers aim for UK-wide virus co-operation pledge
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