The slap slap of rubber on asphalt was the big event in New York. The annual marathon when people who run do so en masse for the camaraderie. If you think sweat and lycra is for sharing, then you’ll like running.
As the farce of policing in Scotland shows, devolution has failed to rid Scotland of its macho, secretive culture.
American politics has given us many things. The first opinion polls, the observation that “all politics is local” and the remark “politics is showbusiness for ugly people”. It also gave a name to politics which was so pleasing it was hard to object to: motherhood and apple pie.
Before we leave 2017 forever, let’s recall a strange moment – a speech that summed up Scotland’s predicament in 2018 but which has been wiped from our collective memory.
We move as a species.
The SNP have not had a great election – but that may be about to change. Assuming Theresa May gave any thought to Scotland over the snap vote, it must have looked a good time to call Nicola Sturgeon’s bluff.
London to Edinburgh is around 400 miles by train.
Back in 1999, the night before it was announced, John Swinney was bounced into accepting the “Penny For Scotland” policy.
Tonight in Glasgow Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith will debate, pitching their claims for the leadership of the Labour Party.
Austerity is a tricky concept.