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 →

07 Nov 2013
November 7, 2013

The Labour Party’s Gift


First, a bit of absurdity. 1. The official conclusion of the Labour Party’s report into Falkirk West is: “No organisation or person has been found to have breached the rules”. 2. Yesterday on BBC’s Daily Politics, Labour Shadow Cabinet member Emily Thornberry MP, speaking for the Labour Party, said (here, from 1752)  : “We have suspended.. read more →

Following on from my last blog, here’s what happened today. UK Labour Party official Eric Wilson turned up early and met Stephen Dean’s executive, which for now still runs Falkirk West constituency, in secret.  He refused to address the assembled members and left by a side-door so they wouldn’t actually see him.  The loyal members.. read more →

23 Oct 2013
October 23, 2013

Grangemouth Tragedy


The announcement by Ineos this morning that Grangemouth’s petrochemical plant is to close is terrible news.  Hundreds of jobs lost directly, many more indirectly.  The loss of a significant element of Scotland’s industrial capacity. Why has this happened? As I’ve blogged below, Ineos has been flagging likely cuts for months but instead of engaging with.. read more →

Labour’s position on the Unite/Ineos dispute is now unambiguously to support Unite, which includes the continued threat of a strike.  One Scottish shadow cabinet member, Drew Smith MSP, attended a rally on Sunday and has made his supportive position clear on social media.  Another shadow cabinet member, Neil Findlay MSP, a Unite member, has also.. read more →

Today’s (Glasgow) Herald has a story about ‘cybernats’ posting rude messages on social media about Olympic champion cyclist Sir Chris Hoy’s opposition to Scottish independence. For the uninitiated, ‘cybernat’ is the term used in Scottish politics to refer, ostensibly, to slightly mad old-school nationalists who post vile, personalised attacks on their political opponents.  Some politicos in.. read more →