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'Shurely Shome Mishtake"

Labour's lunatic fringe (which means the party leadership these days) are calling for Sir Richard Branson to be stripped of his knighthood after a turbulent week in which Britain's favourite businessman made Jeremy Corbyn look like a prize prat over his Virgin Trains stunt. Show More Summary

Floorspace in Demand

The Telegraph cartoonist Matt nailed the nonsense behind Jeremy Corbyn's stunt on a Virgin train the other day which has now backfired in spectacular fashion. Shown below is a handy timeline of events which makes the Labour leader and his handlers look like exactly what they are - a bunch of complete amateurs.

Do You Feel Lucky?

Here's a pretty fair and sober assessment of how Scotland's finances stack up since the collapse in the world price of oil. The article is by David Bell, a professor of economics at the University of Stirling, and appeared recently in...Show More Summary

Facing Down Bullies

Owen Smith who is challenging Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership at least had the bottle to stand up to the bully boys (and girls) who laughed and jeered at the mere mention of Kezia Dugdale's name at a Scottish hustings event.Show More Summary

France Is Not Alone

If I had been in London yesterday, I would have gone along to support the 'wear what you want' (WWYW) protest outside the French Embassy. Because for me it's an issue about freedom of expression and despite the terrible Islamist atrocities in France recently this is a time for cool heads - not demonising Muslims. Show More Summary

'Aslef of Arabia' (29/12/11)

A number of readers have been in touch to ask where the 'We the Women' picture came from - to accompany the post about women drivers - dated 27 December 2011. Well it comes from people campaigning in Saudi Arabia - against the ban on women driving cars and other motor vehicles - public or private. Show More Summary

Labour Rival Draws Blood

Jeremy Corbyn's rival for the Labour leadership, Owen Smith, has drawn blood I would say with a stinging attack on Jezza for his lacklustre performance during the great EU referendum. The problem for Corbyn, as he admitted himself on a live TV programme (see post below), is that remaining in Europe was not one of his big priorities. Show More Summary

Cult of Corbyn

The pollster YouGov reports that a big majority of voters believe Virgin Trains rather than Jeremy Corbyn over the rumpus about the Labour leader's journey to Newcastle. But the most remarkable figure is the 39% of Labour voters whoShow More Summary

Cunning Stunt Backfires

John McTernan is on fine form with this article in The Telegraph about Jeremy Corbyn and his 'Traingate' fiasco. But the killer lines are all from Richard Branson and the Virgin Trains spokesperson who says matter of factly: "We're a...Show More Summary

Compare and Contrast

Here's a photo of the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, on his was to meet his counterpart in Paris, Anne Hidalgo. Contrast Sadiq Khan's behaviour with that of Jeremy Corbyn and it's pretty obvious why Jezza leader has become a laughing stock and terrible liability for the Labour Party.

Sheep and Goats

John Mason is my local MSP, but if you ask me the member for Glasgow Shettleston is making a complete fool of himself over his ridiculous call for business to keep out of politics. Not least because there is a well known 'Business for...Show More Summary

Gender Pay Gap

Here's a recording of the 'gender pay gap discussion' from yesterday's Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC 2. Now I know I'm biased, but if you ask me Stefan got to the heart of the issue and that's because of his hands on experience of fighting equal pay cases both in Scotland and elsewhere. Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

A kind reader has drawn my attention to the latest newsletter from the North Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP). Now as I said on the blog recently, if I were an employee of North Lanarkshire Council I would startShow More Summary

NLC Update (18/08/16)

I understand that a potentially crucial meeting of the Joint Integration Board (JIB) of North Lanarkshire's Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is taking place on 12 September 2016 I believe. As regular readers know this JIB/HSCP...Show More Summary

Carry On Corbyn

I travel with Virgin Trains regularly and I've always found it to be a very good service to be honest. Like most sensible people, I book a seat in advance and, by and large, the earlier you do so the cheaper the fare. The last time I...Show More Summary

Carry On Corbyn (17/08/16)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn made a bit of a dick of himself over his latest stunt in which he was filmed sitting on the floor of a Newcastle bound train because he turned down the opportunity to upgrade to first class. Jezza spoke directly...Show More Summary

Gender Pay Gap

Lots of coverage in the news media today on the report from the widely respected Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) which highlights the ongoing pay gap between male and female jobs. The IFS report shows that women in paid work, on average, receive 18% less per hour than their male colleagues. Show More Summary

The Corbyn Effect

Jeremy Corbyn might be a big hit with certain sections of the Labour Party, but he's the main reason why former Labour voters are turning their back on the party as well, according to the latest YouGov poll.

BBC and Equal Pay

My colleague Stefan Cross QC is appearing on the Victoria Derbyshire programme tomorrow morning on BBC 2 at 9am to discuss equal pay and the gender pay gap. The programme makers would also like to speak to someone who has bee n involved in the long fight for equal pay, as a client of Action 4 Equality Scotland. Show More Summary

Two Tribes Go To War

The Politics Home web site carried an interesting piece the other day about a turf war that has broken out between between the GMB and Unite trade unions over security for the 2016 Labour Party conference in Liverpool. Unite is close...Show More Summary

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