Category Archives: Politics

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Everyone knows there’s an election coming. The less political punters who think “they’re a’ the same” and seldom bother to vote may already be turned off by the whole affair with over a month still to go. But that would … Continue reading

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Respect Unzipped

Yet another thoughtful blog from BurdzEyeView—in this case entitled “Nae man can tether time nor tide” demands consideration and, in this case, response. The piece welcomes the initiative of a motion in the name of the party NEC to the SNP … Continue reading

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GERS Swimming Lessons

No, this blog is not about the Ibrox side. Unlike the Herald and Reporting Scotland we often let a day go by without mention of the latest crisis rocking that once-great team. Despite the last blog implying I was crying … Continue reading

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Cold Turkey

After 20 years at the coalface, I find I am fed up with politics. A veteran of fifteen campaigns, three successful personal elections, two decades of various party offices and sixteen years representing my home town all piles up and … Continue reading

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Past Joukin Gin the Heid’s Aff

After decades of political invulnerability come rain, shine or socialism, Jim Murphy has been scurrying about trying to prop up the Scottish Labour edifice. From a high point of the ‘feeble fifty’ in the 1980s, the shedding of support, Labour … Continue reading

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Inside the Commons

Reblog of John Plunkett’s review in The Guardian, January 29th 2015, of Michael Cockerel’s documentary of the same name to be broadcast on BBC2 on February 3rd. There is precious little in Michael Cockerell’s documentary about the House of Commons … Continue reading

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Beware the Greeks When Baring Teeth

All results are not yet in but it’s pretty clear that the Greek people have thrown a wobbly after five years of austerity and voted en masse for Συριζα and its leader Tsipras who said: “Today the Greek people has … Continue reading

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Canute’s Kingdom

Most people agree that whatever Gordon Brown’s virtues or failings, his memorable contribution to political debate since 2010 was his impassioned plea for the union just before September’s referendum. The Huffington Post described the result as “a personal triumph for … Continue reading

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Ailment or Oil Mint?

Fate has not been kind to Scottish Labour over the last few years. Under first Iain Gray and then Johann Lamont, they seemed to get stuck in a dreich cycle of politics-as-moanfest. That led to a drubbing in 2011 that … Continue reading

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Changin Scotland

It’s the end of a packed weekend in and around the ever-quirky Ceilidh Place in Ullapool. Therehave been over a dozen previous Changin Scotland get-togethers but this was my first—and, unfortunately, reputed to be the last. There were so many … Continue reading

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