Patrick Hannan — A Useful Fiction

Have you noticed that there is a lot of introspection about devolution just now? I suppose it underlines the fact that devolution is a process rather than a settlement that everyone is still looking at how to tweak it. Maybe it is just the newness of it. The Scottish Parliament is very young as these […]

Why politics and sport shouldn’t mix

I have written before about how I struggle to understand how people feel ‘pride’ in their country at, say, sporting events. For me, being proud of your country is a bit like being proud of this week’s lottery numbers or something. I just don’t get it. For whatever reason though, patriotism undoubtedly exists and it […]

Why I can’t stand the Olympics (and the SNP)

This week there was a little stooshie in the media and the blogs about the “banning” of the Saltire during the Beijing Olympics. Jamie Hepburn noticed that the Olympic authorities in Beijing will be enforcing an age-old IOC rule which says that “flags of non-members of the Olympics” should not be displayed during the Olympics. […]

Stevee

Gah! I’ve just discovered that there is somebody at Labour Home called doctordunc. Needless to say, it isn’t me. 😛

You realise that everybody can read that?

I guess people are just really stupid. Time for people to wise up about the web. It’s dead easy. If you post something on the internet, people can see it. That means: authority figures, parents, current employers, potential future employers, everybody. Top Law Student (down at the moment; mirror here) has a post reminding you […]

claimID revisited

When I wrote about claimID a couple of weeks ago, Terrell Russell from claimID left a comment: I hope claimID serves you well. Keep linking to yours and we’re betting it will. Search for my name on Google today and my claimID page is result #3. Other links that I included in my claimID page […]

Claiming my identity

Today I have mostly been playing with claimID. It is a website that lets you manage your online identity in a way. It is basically a way to say, “this is me, and that isn’t”. In a way it can be seen as a small step in the battle against Google’s domination. If you search […]

Britishness and patriotism

Everybody seems to be talking about it at the moment, and today (via Dead Men Left) comes another interesting piece, this time from George Monbiot. I don’t hate Britain, and I am not ashamed of my nationality, but I have no idea why I should love this country more than any other. There are some […]