01 Feb 2015
February 1, 2015

Scots populism

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There are 3 political parties in the UK with 6-figure membership. Of these, the SNP has a concentration of members in Scotland (some live  outside) that equates to Labour or the Tories having a million members across the UK. Moreover, the great majority of SNP members are very new, very enthusiastic, relatively young and very.. read more →

Today, the Scottish Sunday Mail, sister paper of the Daily Record, carries this editorial attack on Labour’s newly-selected Westminster candidate for Falkirk.  I don’t know Karen Whitefield very well but she’s known as a hard-working former MSP, is employed by the thoroughly decent union USDAW, she’s very personable and apparently spoke very well at the selection.. read more →

07 Sep 2013
September 7, 2013

Falkirk West: Constituency Unite Party?

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Here are a few thoughts in the wake of Labour’s apparent decision on Falkirk West that no rules have been broken by anyone connected to Unite, or anyone else, ever, capisce? The local complaints about Unite amongst Labour members were initially that the Scottish Chair of Unite, Stephen Deans, who became chair of Falkirk West.. read more →

12 Jul 2013
July 12, 2013

Jennie From The Bloc

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Jennie Formby’s – @JennieUnite – tweets are a blast, even if that’s not how they’re meant.  Interestingly, they bluntly lay out her politics and give a useful insight into a particular kind of mindset. Jennie’s most recent tweets are RTs of Morning Star pieces, whose editorial policy is that of the Communist Party of Britain… read more →

David Blunkett has today called for the Labour Party’s report on Falkirk to be released.  I hope he’s listened to, and in short order. The report, I’m guessing, includes a simple analysis and cross-referencing of names and addresses to see if people who’ve been signed-up are actually present at the addresses given.  In addition, there’ll.. read more →

18 Aug 2010
August 18, 2010

Labour and Defence

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I’ve written a piece for Labour Uncut today on Labour’s travails on Defence and Foreign Affairs.  In it, I argue that Labour’s leadership candidates should commit themselves to a Defence review which includes Trident.  I’ve had a few emails and Tweets already which argue that Labour shouldn’t revisit Trident as we had a vote in.. read more →

I’ve said in previous posts, and in the House of Commons, that we in Labour need to rethink our position on key aspects of Foreign and Defence Policy.  Trident and Afghanistan are uppermost in many people’s minds, yet our approach to those issues remains sluggish – indeed we are presently in danger of being outflanked.. read more →

12 Nov 2009
November 12, 2009

By-election STATS

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Just driven back from Springburn, in Glasgow, where I was alerted to Dave Maddox of the Scotman’s point that the Falkirk West by-election of Christmas 2000, where I was the beneficiary of a quite brilliant Labour campaign, was the highest ever turnout in a by-election.  It made me think of two things. The SNP actually recorded more.. read more →

12 Nov 2009
November 12, 2009

By-election STATS

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Just driven back from Springburn, in Glasgow, where I was alerted to Dave Maddox of the Scotman’s point that the Falkirk West by-election of Christmas 2000, where I was the beneficiary of a quite brilliant Labour campaign, was the highest ever turnout in a by-election.  It made me think of two things. The SNP actually recorded more.. read more →