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I blogged yesterday and a few days before that that the current Labour party leadership race provides the perfect opportunity for Labour and the SNP to kill off the House of Lords and replace it with something less ridiculous. Today, The Scotland on Sunday today reports that the SNP’s Angus Brendan McNeil is now pushing.. read more →

There’s noisy chat that Jeremy Corbyn is 20 points ahead of his Labour-leadership rivals on first-preference votes. His rivals seem to agree; they’ve turned their main efforts to competing amongst themselves for second and third preference ‘stop-Corbyn’ votes. But could any of them really close such a huge gap? Let’s take this Daily Mirror report as.. read more →

If Labour’s Left needs fresh material in its eternal search for new ways of abusing Blairism, and of course helping Jeremy Corbyn to victory, it simply needs to distribute this new Spectator piece. It’s John McTernan, former political secretary to two prime ministers (Tony Blair and Julia Gillard the, er, anti-Blairite pm) having a political breakdown on.. read more →

Reflecting the view of millions of shocked people across Scotland and the UK, a resident of Maryhill, Glasgow, was yesterday overheard uttering the following current affairs commentary: “If ah’m still gakkin’ massell mental aff’ ae burds’ tits when ah’m 70, ah’ll regard that as ma’ crownin’ lifetime achievement”. Whether or not you agree with that profound.. read more →

23 Jul 2015
July 23, 2015

The inexorable Labour/SNP deal

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In the Labour leadership election, Scotland has more ‘constituency’ nominations that actual parliamentary constituencies. That’s because Labour in Scotland organises around the Holyrood constituencies, and these in turn are the ‘old’ UK parliamentary constituencies (with Orkney and Shetland split, too) and are therefore smaller and more numerous (73 instead of 59). In the olden days.. read more →

The leader of the House of Commons says it would be wrong for English MPs to be over-ruled on England-only matters, while ensuring the Scottish Affairs Select Committee has a majority of, er, English MPs. Wait for SNP campaigners turning up in English constituencies and arguing that the local MP is out of order dominating Scotland-only.. read more →

I’ve just read The Wired’s gripping Joshuah Bearman’s ‘Untold Story of Silk Road’ (part 2 is flagged at bottom of part 1). I can’t wait for the book (and the movie too, I hope), but for now Bearman’s piece (with others credited) is more than worth spending an hour on, along with the other super.. read more →

29 May 2015
May 29, 2015

Sepp Blatter – only an excuse?

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There’s a strong scent of fish around the Sepp Blatter ‘schlock’. Football fans seem pretty unmoved. It’s not like no-one knows how grubby international football is and, frankly, most people just want to watch decent football. Most folk don’t seem that bothered about the dodgy-ness and if they want ethics they’ll go see a priest/Imam/Rabbi. The.. read more →

24 May 2015
May 24, 2015

Insurgence

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John Prescott wants Andy Burnham to lead ‘Now Labour’ (see what he did there?). Yvette Cooper wants Labour, in the wake of its historical defeat, to ‘move neither left nor right’. Brilliant, really. Labour should stand still in the middle of the carriageway ‘NOW’ and get run over like a badger. Or, how about none.. read more →

I try to post around once a week if I have something to say which might be of interest to others, but having posted earlier today I was driving along under a lovely London sky and heard Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s interview on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme (package starts at 33.26, interview at.. read more →

Stephen Kinnock, Neil and Glenys’ boy, was saying in the Guardian the other day that what Labour in Scotland really needs is a jolly good ‘re-branding’. “…calling it the Scottish Democratic Labour party. Or the Scottish Radicals. Or the Scottish Progressive party.” He later clarifies that “the word ‘Labour’ has to stay in there, because.. read more →

16 May 2015
May 16, 2015

The fuckwits are coming

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The people who are best at putting the self-indulgent, worker-shafting, job-destroying, moronic ideological argument from the far-left are always the ones being paid good money to do so. So it is with Unite officials. £130k for the UK’s Unite leader and £80k for the halfwit in Scotland with the haircut. Labour in Scotland (too dim.. read more →

So prime minister Cameron has finally found some sucker prepared to be an un-elected minister at the Scotland office in the face of a Scottish opposition comprised of a Falkirk double-decker busload of SNP MPs and Lib Dem and Labour ‘groups’ who could, with some care, share a moped. It quite a feat that rather.. read more →

One of the oddest ideas in UK politics is that Labour chose ‘the wrong brother’. Surely the very idea that we had to choose between two sons of the same grandee and, oh, by the way, the Labour leadership was really the birthright of the eldest in any case, is absurd at every level. The.. read more →

08 May 2015
May 8, 2015

The coming SNP storm

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Over the next few days, David Cameron will ‘offer’ some kind of ‘Superfuckinmaxdevoplus’ deal to the SNP. “Hey, we recognise that Scotland has spoken and so have all these tax-raising powers beyond the Smith document (which is obviously dead now)”, he’ll say. He’ll probably call it ‘Home Rule’, or ‘Federalism’, or some such. The SNP.. read more →

Some Scottish Labour back-room boys are punting the idea that in the event of a Labour minority government the SNP will be stuck because that party is already committed to blocking the Tories. This idea is so hollow and frankly daft that it’s disappointing to see it repeated today without any interrogation by normally-thoughtful columnists like.. read more →

29 Apr 2015
April 29, 2015

Scotland’s one-party state

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A poll today says the SNP might win every Scottish seat at the UK elections. I find the oddest thing about it all the attempts by commentators to place that rampant nationalism into the context of regular arguments about public policy. The Iraq War, for example, had no effect at all on the Scottish vote.. read more →

Here’s one way of getting ahead. Although, technically, that guy’s getting everything but a head, right? A more conventional way of getting ahead, at least as far as politics is concerned, is by getting more votes than other folk. That’s a rubbish link, I know, but this is just a blogpost and not something intended.. read more →