Category Archives: Politics

A Prefect to Sort Out the Primary Playground

So the other shoe in the shape of Jim Murphy has dropped. Along with Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack, the lineup looks a lot more credible than the dithering silence at the start of the week but this game is … Continue reading

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Sauce for the Gander

Since the referendum, the NO campaign have exuded “well, that’s settled”, based on their 10%-margin win. But actually, they have been keeping their heads down because debate around any agreed devolution settlement—such as the Smith Commission is expected to come … Continue reading

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John Maclean’s Body Is A-Spinning in his Grave

These blogs have at times been scathing when referring to the Scottish Labour Party and for that no apology is offered. And yet, those who read them objectively will have realised that the positions taken were as much from sorrow … Continue reading

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Go Back to Your Constituencies…

…and Prepare for a Gubbing. The first day of Labour’s conference in Manchester was a standard affair and made even more standard by a rather plodding “don’t-frighten-the-horses” speech from an Ed Balls who normally likes to position himself as a … Continue reading

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The Best Means of Defence…

…is to go on the attack. Positive Yes advocates all scunnered by result? Unionists looking like they may waver of last-minute promises? Ordinary folk appalled by right-wing hoodlums making a battlefield out of peaceful George Square? Don’t get mad; get … Continue reading

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That Motion In Full

Without much apparent consultation with colleagues in his own party, let alone across all three unionist ones, Gordon Brown announced a timetable of UK parliamentary measures to address the inadequacies of the present devolution settlement to Scotland. According to papers … Continue reading

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Grey Light of Dawn

It’s 8am and the last result from Highland comes in with a 47% Yes/53% in Danny Alexander’s back yard, making a grand final total of 1,617,989 Yes votes against 2,001,926 No votes. Despite the consistent polls during the run-up pointing … Continue reading

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Poll Position

Today finally came and, with it, a climax of energy that has been building across Scotland over the last two years. I can’t claim to have much of a clue of what’s going on elsewhere (I’ve heard that a phalanx … Continue reading

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Chiels That Winna Ding

This last week of the referendum debate has grown ever more heated. Despite 99% of those engaged in campaigning keeping the heid, there have been some idiots on either side. Even some intending no malice have had their exhuberence seen … Continue reading

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Wee Blue Book: Currency/Pensions

In this third installment from the Wee Blue Book, the two main targets of Project Fear are debunked. Clearly the use of a stable currency is vital to any country’s prosperity but it is equally clear that Westminster has created … Continue reading

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