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Blog Profile / Action 4 Equality Scotland

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Labour's Branch Office

Iain Green's cartoon for The Scotsman the other day seemed to capture the current plight of the Scottish Labour Party - with Jim Murphy appearing as a Phoenix-like creature trying to emerge from the ruins of the branch office. And as...Show More Summary

Almost a Shame

Alex Massie wrote a piece for The Spectator the other day on the shock resignation of the Johann Lamont which was relatively sympathetic towards the former Scottish Labour leader, but much less so towards the Labour Party itself. Now...Show More Summary

Irrational Behaviour

Iain MacWhirter writing in The Herald seems to think that Jim Murphy is the 'One' - an unstoppable candidate in the race, if that's the right word, to become the new leader of the Labour Party in Scotland. Now I'm not so sure because...Show More Summary

Combating Extremism

Tony Blair is unyielding in his criticism of Islamic extremism and in this article for the BBC he argues that intervention is the key whether through an education programme that promotes tolerance and respect or via military action that can prevent murder and genocide. Show More Summary

Sugar and Spice

Lord Sugar of 'The Apprentice' fame has stopped into the ongoing row over welfare benefits, but in a way that is unlikely to please the leadership Labour Party who have struggled to get into step with voters over need to reform the present system. Show More Summary

Dans le Shreddeur

John Crace made me laugh put loud with his column in The Guardian in which he lampooned a recent meeting between the terribly self-important Keith Vaz (and the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee) and the Mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart. Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

I heard back from one of the claimants who attended the ongoing tribunal hearing involving North Lanarkshire Council the other day. The person is a regular reader of the blog site and understands the issues well, so she was astounded...Show More Summary

Glasgow and Cordia

Cordia is the largest ALEO (Arms Length External Organisation) established by Glasgow City Council, employing over 7,000 staff and providing a range of services from home care to school cleaning and catering. Now shortly after Cordia...Show More Summary

A Mother's Voice

The mother of Reeva Steenkamp must be pleased that the South African authorities have decided to appeal the 5 year culpable homicide prison sentence handed down to Oscar Pistorius. Because since the trial ended June Steenkamp has let...Show More Summary

Unrepresentative Representatives

George Kerevan writing in The Scotsman 'calls out' the Labour Party over its supine attitude, so far at least, towards home rule and new extensive powers for the Scottish Parliament. In doing so, George points to a number of issues where...Show More Summary

Polly-wolitics and Booky Wooks

Michael Deacon writing in The Telegraph does an excellent hatchet job on Russell Brand's new book with this spoof extract from "A True 'Istory of Polly-wolitics an' That". I think Russell should take the hint and go back to comedy because...Show More Summary

9/11 Nutters

Russell Brand can be an entertaining character at times, but his latest venture into politics leaves him looking completely mad as he puts himself on the side of the 'Truthers' who believe that 9/11 was an inside job. Apparently Russell was promoting a new book of his at the time although on this evidence I'm sure it's not worth buying. Show More Summary

Labour Dinosaurs

The most exciting piece of news to come out of the latest Scottish Labour leadership election is that no one appears to want the job. So far the only thing to have happened is that various non-contenders have all ruled themselves out...Show More Summary

Facing the Truth

Lesley Riddoch had an opinion piece in The Scotsman the other day which included this damning quote from Andy Kerr, a former Labour finance and health minister in the Scottish Parliament. "Some extraordinary things have been said by men best known for saying very little at all. Show More Summary

Bad Joke

Sometimes people express surprise to me when I explain the Labour Party's terrible track record on the biggest employment issue of our time - the fight for equal pay. "Labour are better than that, surely", is a common refrain. "The party's...Show More Summary

Tax Avoidance

Sections of the press have been having great fun at Labour's expense with news that the Party launched an online fund-raising appeal, accompanied by a photo of Ed Miliband, telling potential supporters: "Election day is sooner than you think. Show More Summary

Hacked Off

The Independent picks up on allegations of phone hacking at Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) which apparently accepts that unlawful means were used to gather information on the private lives of people in the public eye. Phone-hacking: The...Show More Summary

Foxes and Henhouses

Adam Boulton wrote an interesting piece for The Sunday Times last week in which he argued that UKIP is effectively taking over the Conservative Party from within and that the big prize for many of its right wing MPs is not winning the next general election, but getting out of the European Union (EU) at any cost. Show More Summary

Farage's Fruitcakes

Just because the Westminster parties have stopped being rude about them doesn't mean that UKIP isn't full of fruitcakes and loonies. The latest embarrassing episode involved a washed up Radio One DJ called Mike Read recording a woeful...Show More Summary

Haste Ye Back

Apparently, Alex Salmond, who is standing down as Scotland's First Minister, is thinking of standing in the May 2015 general election. Which is great news. Because if you ask me, because the best way to reform the Westminster Parliament is to get shot of a whole load of these useless Labour MPs who have been shoring the place up for years. Show More Summary

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