Alastair Stewart: Should commentators run for office?
Writer and journalist Alastair Stewart argues that a new breed of pundits who wear their political affiliations on their sleeve undermines the balance in politics between commentators and politicians
SEVERAL years ago there was a Question Time moment that has stuck in my head ever since. Russell Brand was going through a phase of being seriously considered as a new maverick politico with a legitimate argument to make. He even released a book, Revolution (it really was just a stream of conscious though strung together with non-sequiturs and the odd chapter).
Alastair Stewart: A very British fudge - why democratising the monarchy may be the best compromise
As royal wedding fever takes over, writer Alastair Stewart asks whether the best thing to do would be to keep the constitutional monarchy but make it open to election rather than by bloodline – a very British fudge.
I RECENTLY had a conversation with a friend about the Royal Family. Fatigued by the constant coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's impending wedding, I grumbled: "Why don't we just elect the position of monarch and keep the constitutional monarchy?"
Alastair Stewart: It's not nationalism which explains Brexit - it's irredentism
Alastair Stewart argues that Brexit can be explained as a British form of irredentism – any movement based on reclaiming or reoccupying territory considered lost or unredeemed – based on its post-empire status
IRREDENTISM is any movement intended to reclaim and reoccupy territory considered lost or unredeemed. The concept of a reclaiming land by historical, legal or ethnic association is familiar, even if the name is not. It does, however, happen to be a fundamental idea in understanding the current Brexit argument.
Alastair Stewart: Referenda are a fad - don't let them undermine democratic accountability
Alastair Stewart, a Scottish writer and journalist, argues that referendas are a fad that are undermining democratic accountability in the UK, and that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is right to show restraint in offering another one in Scotland
THE debate over Brexit isn’t about Brexit anymore. It’s about democratic accountability and the limits of referenda in modern politics.
Alastair Stewart: I'm a Scot in Spain with a Macedonian fiancé - here's why Brexit makes me angry
Alastair Stewart is a freelance writer, journalist, and teacher based in Edinburgh and Almería. He gives a personal take on the impact Brexit is having on his life and why it makes him angry*
BREXIT makes me angry. It makes me very angry. This, as they say, might just be the proverbial understatement. There are no gritted teeth, just a visceral sense of powerlessness.
Alastair Stewart: Why Tam Dalyell’s death was the passing of the old guard in Scotland
Writer and former Scottish Parliament press officer Alastair Stewart says former MP Tam Dalyell represented a culture of principle lacking in modern politics
WHEN Tam Dalyell died on 26 January 2017 it was a moment for Scotland to reflect on its future as much as its past. To his friends and family this sadness will be unspeakable, but so too is the loss to Scottish public life.
Alastair Stewart: Can you really compare Scotland and Catalonia?
Writer and former Scottish Parliament press officer Alastair Stewart takes a look at the differences between Scotland and Catalonia's independence questions
WAS the Catalan vote for independence illegal? Yes. It’s that simple. The 1978 Spanish Constitution, agreed across the country in the years following General Francisco Franco’s death in 1975, makes two explicit provisions regarding Spain’s unity.