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End of an Era

I wouldn't call Magnus Linklater a fan of the SNP, but even he seems to sense that the political mood of Scotland is changing and that we may well be witnessing the end of an era at Westminster. I believe this to be true and if the Westminster...Show More Summary

Tackling Inequality

Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), is one of the few people left unimpressed at Jeremy Paxman's performance as inquisitor-in-chief at the recent party leaders debate. In particular, Johnson wished to know...Show More Summary

Fink Smaller

Daniel Finkelstein made me laugh with this honest and amusing tale of how he lost three stone in 37 weeks, but the Times columnist also made a very valid point that the only way to lose weight is to burn more calories that you eat. There are no short cuts which is why gastric bands on the NHS should be banned, if you ask me. Show More Summary

Russia Today

Here's an interesting report from MediaZona via The Guardian which tells the story of strange and unexplained deaths in Russian police custody. Now it's not a highly political story, in the party sense at least, just a call for public...Show More Summary

Incredible Shrinking Man

The Guido Fawkes web site has come up with another great scoop which suggests that Labour MP Toby Perkins has become the 'incredible shrinking man' or that Ed Miliband has been staging some of his photo calls. Now that is funny and deserves...Show More Summary

Saudi Laws

The Independent reports that the authorities in Saudi Arabia have been forced to respond to criticism of its treatment of Raif Badawi who has essentially been convicted of a 'thought crime' for daring to question aspects of the Islamic religion. Show More Summary

Lightness of Being

In this opinion piece for The Times David Aaronovitch describes Boris Johnson as having a 'lightness of being' and by seeming not to act as a normal politician, there's no doubt that the London Mayor cuts through the widespread anti-politics mood of the nation. Show More Summary

Breaking Barriers

The A4ES blog site crashed through another big barrier the other day and has now recorded 1.5 million visitors. Intriguingly this happened on the same day that North Lanarkshire Council finally agreed to face up to its obligations over equal pay. Show More Summary

Accidents Will Happen

Philip Collins wrote a perceptive argument for The Times the other day in which he highlighted the fact that by accident rather than design a Conservative chancellor has ended up in exactly the position advanced by the Labour Party back in 2010, at least as far as public spending is concerned. Show More Summary

Elvis Costello

When I wrote my post about 'Accidents Will Happen' I was reminded about the track of the same name by Elvis Costello from 1979.

Named and Shamed

The Daily Record reports on the naming and shaming of a moron from Tranent, Marc Hughes, over his cowardly comments on Twitter. So well done to Ruth Davidson for standing up to this kind of nonsense and to Nicola Sturgeon for acting swiftly to condemn Hughes' behaviour and suspend him from the SNP. Show More Summary

The Invisible Man

The Guido Fawkes web site ran a funny piece the other day which contained a wide selection of Labour election materials featuring the same glaring omission - the party leader, Ed Miliband. Now if this phenomenon was occurring only in Scotland I could well understand, because even David Cameron is more popular north of the border than Ed Miliband. Show More Summary

Voting Fodder

The Herald reports that the Labour Party is continuing to lose credibility in Scotland which doesn't surprise me because I think that increasing numbers of voters realise that the most likely way to secure real change at Westminster is to elect MPs who are prepared to stand up for Scottish interests over party interests. Show More Summary

Shaking Up Politics

I agree with the thrust of this article from the BBC in which Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader, argues that the UK's crumbling political institutions are in desperate need of an overhaul. The obvious changes to make are to get rid ofShow More Summary

Excuses Excuses

The news that standards of cleanliness are still below par in some of Scotland's hospitals has met with a pathetic response from the Labour Party and the main nursing union, the RCN. Now the fact that not all hospitals and not all wards...Show More Summary

Benefits Party

Rachel Reeves, Labour's shadow secretary for work and pensions, has been receiving a lot of political flak over the following comment she made during a recent interview with The Guardian: “We are not the party of people on benefits.Show More Summary

Hate Preachers

I suppose that coming from a family of Jehovah's Witnesses, Brusthom Ziamani, was already possessed of a predilection to believe in some strange things, but you have to wonder about the nature of his induction into the Islamic faith....Show More Summary

Jihadi Allowance (26/09/14)

Anjem Choudary is one of nine men arrested by the Metropolitan Police as part of the ongoing battle against Islamist terror groups. But wouldn't it be great if we had some joined up government in this country by switching off this ridiculous...Show More Summary

Reforming Islam

The Independent reports on plans by the authorities in Saudi Arabia to murder one of their own citizens for 'apostasy' or in plain language turning his back on Islam. So here's a real opportunity for all reform minded Muslims to stand...Show More Summary

Touchy Turks

Turkey's thin-skinned President Recip Erdogan is apparently the driving force behind moves to prosecute a former Miss Turkey for making fun of him by re-posting a satirical poem on Instagram. The way things are going I think the European Union would be better off without Greece or Turkey as members. Show More Summary

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