Author Archives: stuartmdarling

About stuartmdarling

I live in Motherwell & work in Edinburgh in the Oil & Gas sector, which has been taking me around the world for 14 years now. My passion for politics and music go with me every step of the journey...

Albums On Loop, the 2016 Edition

Partly due to the realisation that having twins is an expensive business, and partly because my CD collection was already running out of control – 2016 was the year that I switched over to the digital world – Apple Music … Continue reading

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The European Union: When Political Union is a Good Thing

Throughout the Scottish Independence referendum, along with most other Yes campaigners, I was campaigning for a modern form of political union to define our relationship with the rest of the United Kingdom.  I hoped for a system that allowed Scotland’s … Continue reading

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Albums of 2015 (1-35)

In keeping with tradition for my blog, January call on time to reflect on what albums have been on loop during the year just past. I also know there are some people like myself who simply can’t resist ‘albums of … Continue reading

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Smith Commission and the Rapid Fallout: Budget Cuts for Scotland

Analysis of the Smith Commission, and how the UK Government is using it to line up a £5.8bn budget cut for Scotland As we move into 2015 the Smith Commission remains nothing more than a recommendation to the UK Government, … Continue reading

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Smith Commission: Context and Personal Submission

Ahead of the referendum I had stated that a factor in my decision to vote Yes was the uncertainty of a No vote, and the risk that comes from having such limited democratic influence over our constitutional future, as determined … Continue reading

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Albums of 2014 (10 – 1)

Following on from my run down of my top 27 – 11 albums from 2014, the top 10: 10: Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love.  For some reason I’d never truly listened to Paolo Nutini until Iron Sky was touted by Bella Caledonia as … Continue reading

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Albums of 2014 (27 – 11)

It is all too easy to play to the convention of sticking to multiples of 10 or 5 when creating lists, but I’m breaking from convention here with my top 27 albums of 2014.  There’s no science to it, these … Continue reading

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