09 Mar 2015
March 9, 2015

A real Scottish Labour Party?


Yesterday’s Sunday Herald reported that the Camelon Labour Club in my constituency of Falkirk has applied to trademark: “The Scottish Labour Party”. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is still considering the application, which was submitted in December. It’s an imaginative move. Dennis Goldie and May McIntyre (my office manager and long-time colleague), highly-respected Labour figures of huge.. read more →

The BBC, slightly oddly, makes a confident claim today that an SNP-Labour coalition; “simply won’t happen”. It goes on to lay out the arithmetic and schemes behind a ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement. Well, I guess the BBC bod has had good access and I knows it’s a popular thesis, but really? Imagine an earnest prime minister Miliband.. read more →

In today’s Telegraph, John Major, still very much the Tory partisan, argues for Labour to rule out a deal with the SNP. This makes perfect sense for the Tories, since it would remove one significant means of Labour forming a minority government. In the meantime, the Tories are working hard on the Lib Dems for.. read more →

Today’s Times leader (paywall) says that Scots want a Labour-SNP coalition and that Labour’s leadership wants the same. It concludes that the SNP would use its influence in or on government to de-stabilise the UK, and that the net effect of a Labour-SNP arrangement would be harmful for everyone. Certainly, the SNP is currently polling at.. read more →

Labour’s pitch at the moment is that everything in this country is screwed. I’m sort of reluctant to accept that, given that if everything were screwed it would surely have taken more than 4 years for it all to become screwed – wouldn’t it? I mean, screwing everything in 4 years would be an absolutely.. read more →

02 Feb 2014
February 2, 2014

Michael Gove and the cheeky inspector


Scotsman Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education for England and, you know, a politician, is being ‘accused’ by the Liberal Democrats of being ‘political’ in the way he does his job. Politicians close to politician David Laws, Gove’s Lib Dem departmental no.2, have been saying stuff. Laws “is furious” about this whole business of.. read more →

There’s a lot of rain about. We know this because it’s had, er, saturation coverage on the telly.  Many of us saw the Environment Secretary, Owen Patterson, being  boo’ed the other day in Somerset, where the Levels there have had it pretty bad. It can’t be easy for folk there, what with flooded farmland affecting.. read more →

Here’s today’s ‘big’ story on the Northern Ireland ‘talks’ over parades and flags.  Here’s a report from yesterday. A deal over something or other is “extraordinarily close’, some American bloke in a suit says. Here’s a story from a few days ago, when the same bloke was apparently flying home. But now he’s back again. The bloke.. read more →

A few quick points about Lobbyfrenzy. How do politicians inform ourselves about the things we have to vote on and make decisions about?  Well, we speak to people who know about the subjects. We don’t pretend those folk don’t have interests – anyone who tells you they don’t have an interest is likely a liar.. read more →

03 Dec 2012
December 3, 2012

Our super, unpoliticised Great and Good

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The Guardian’s editorial this morning proposes,  I think, that it should be possible to put together an acceptable way of appointing the PCC-successor which excludes both legislation and OFCOM.  I agree with that, but that hardly matters as I’m an elected MP.  And everyone knows that MPs are only concerned about keeping their jobs at.. read more →