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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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Politics in a New Dimension

For as long anyone could remember, politics in Scotland was an extension of Westminster and British politics; same parties, same policies, same debates. ‘Putting a kilt’ on a story simply meant having a Scottish slant on a miners’ strike or … Continue reading

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Raining on Nicola’s Parade

There is no question that the SNP Conference just finished in Perth was upbeat, professional, impressive and—because of the slew of new members present—one of the most open and exciting. Salmond didn’t disappoint in the choice of demeanour for his … Continue reading

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The Wrong Plane We Can’t Afford

An event that passed with very little comment this summer was the naming of the first of the Royal Navy’s two 65,000-ton aircraft carriers—HMS Queen Elizabeth—at it launching ceremony in Rosyth. It is the second warship so named in RN … Continue reading

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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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