This lack of service is normal…

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An extended radio silence on here has allowed me to finish up a couple of things I’ve been busy with.  My supervisor now has a draft of my thesis (which is a bit of a weight off my mind, even though it’s still a little way short of being completely done) and between us we’ve written a paper for the Political Studies Association Conference in April (which is online here, and is about the upcoming referendum, and so may be of interest to some of you).  Both of these things have been keeping me pretty busy since December.

If, like me, you now have a little time on your hands – and you like a bit of political geekery – I have a wee recommendation for you.  Head along to the Scottish Political Archive’s “Democracy for Scotland” Exhibition which is hosted by the Museum of Edinburgh until 24 April.  The exhibition itself includes a lot of material from the 1979 and 1997 referendum campaigns, as well as recordings of interviews from participants.  All good stuff – so try and head along while you can.  Just, you know, if you are interested in that kind of stuff.  And ‘cos it’s free…

Back to cold storage for this blog now.  Probably.

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The Return of the Malc

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And yes, I know I’ve used that title before…

This blogging lark started out on “Malc in the Burgh” when I worked at Holyrood and missed writing.  When I got fed up, Jeff, James and I started a new venture and Better Nation was born.  The latter is still going, with new editors on board, but for me it began to feel a bit like a chore.  Not because of the people, I hasten to add, but just because writing as part of a group there feels like there’s more pressure to write stuff, and I was too busy to give it my full attention.  And though I still have a thesis to finish, I missed writing about other things, the half hour considerations of the news etc.  So I decided to start afresh on my own.  And this is the result.

Thinking Unpopular Thoughts.  Which makes sense to me, since a lot of the time I end up on a side of political debate which tends not to be that popular.  And justified by the Plato quote underneath, arguing that just because something is a majority opinion doesn’t mean it is correct.  And abbreviated to TUT, which is probably what a lot of you will think when reading my thoughts…

I don’t know how frequent, or how good, the writing will be.  It may fizzle out, it may go with a bang, but I just wanted my own space again.  So – here it is.  Happy for you to comment, argue, debate and discuss.  Just don’t be mean.  Or call me names.

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