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Labour invented Scottish devolution. Why doesn’t it understand it?

One of the greatest ironies of these past 15 years of Scottish home rule is that Labour never really got devolution. Sure, it talked a good game. From Donald Dewar… Continue reading The post Labour invented Scottish devolution. Why doesn’t it understand it? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Russell Brand: Newsnight’s tragic solution to its plummeting ratings

The issue is not that Russell Brand seems to believe that 9/11 was some sort of joint effort between George W Bush and the bin Laden family – that’s sort… Continue reading The post Russell Brand: Newsnight’s tragic solution to its plummeting ratings appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Labour could be in trouble in the South Yorkshire PCC by-election

LAB could be in trouble in S Yorks PCC by-election – ideal for UKIP? William Hill http://t.co/orbZ1dFWfn odds pic.twitter.com/UygijnUQww — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 25, 2014 Startling anti-Labour Ukip ad in Rotherham @JaneCollinsMEP...Show More Summary

Gordon Brown and Anas Sarwar in the running as new leader of Scottish Labour

After Johann Lamont quit as leader of Scottish Labour (as you’d expect, after her party lost its supporters in the independence referendum) the bookies are taking odds on her successor.… Continue reading The post Gordon Brown and Anas Sarwar in the running as new leader of Scottish Labour appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Alas, poor Johann Lamont: a symptom, not the cause, of Labour’s decline in Scotland

It was the wee things that did it. Things like vision, inspiration, confidence and all the other details that coalesce into that strange something called leadership. There are many types… Continue reading The post Alas, poor Johann Lamont: a symptom, not the cause, of Labour’s decline in Scotland appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

First look at the new Dad’s Army

Back in the last century, when people still watched television rather than computers, I fulfilled the lifetime ambition of every comedy nerd when I finally got to meet David Croft… Continue reading The post First look at the new Dad’s Army appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

What a Shambles!

The resignation of Johann Lamont as the Scottish Labour leader comes as no surprise and represents an 'omnishambles' moment for the party north and south of the border. The beans have been spilled to the Daily Record which I've not read...Show More Summary

A Terrible Beauty Is Born

I've posted a few poems by WB Yeats on the blog site and I was reminded of this one about the Easter Rising in 1916 which was used by Martin Kettle as an analogy for the political changes that have come about in Scotland both during and since the country's independence referendum. Show More Summary

Performance Pay

I'm not sure what performance bonus, if any, Iris Wylie received in 2013/14 as head of human resources in North Lanarkshire Council. But if Iris Wylie received a single penny it would be completely unjustified and a disgrace, if you ask me. Show More Summary

Labour in Freefall

I missed the opinion poll highlighted in this article by Bill Jamieson in The Scotsman, but the Scottish Labour Party's standing at only 19% doesn't surprise me in the least. Because on the big issues, the issues that really count, like...Show More Summary

Supermarkets and Equal Pay

Everyone likes to be able to say "I told you so" once in a while, so here's an interesting report from the BBC's business editor, Kamal Ahmed, which highlights the issue of equal pay in the supermarket sector. Which I wrote about months ago, of course. Show More Summary

Politics of Health Care

Philip Colins spells out a number of awkward home truths in tho article for The Times about the politics of the NHS. For years everyone has talked a great game about putting patients in the driving seat when it comes to health care services,...Show More Summary

Worth Fighting For

James Bloodworth writing in The Independent sets out a strong case for stepping up support for the Kurdish fighters who are battling the Un-Islamic State in northern Syria and Iraq. A point that James refers to which I have read about...Show More Summary

A double strength headache for Miliband

Johann Lamont and Tony Blair don’t have much in common. But they are both causing Ed Miliband trouble this morning.   I suspect that those close to Miliband are relieved… Continue reading The post A double strength headache for Miliband appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: Attempts at invasion

From The Spectator, 24 October 1914: Time being against her, a condition of stalemate on her frontiers is a hopeless business for Germany. Invasion, then, is a logical necessity. It is… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: Attempts at invasion appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Westminster Big Three: zen-like serenity or zombies in action?

pic.twitter.com/jIwcoQCiPR — PolPics (@PolPics) October 25, 2014 How come poor numbers for CON/LAB/LD are being accepted so readily? Time was when you could be reasonably sure that a party struggling in the polls would lead inevitably to speculation about its leader’s position.  The media would talk about it, backbench MPs would talk about it and […]

Grangemouth a year on: energy prices and business attitudes

A year since the Grangemouth dispute, and the energy markets are in an even more topsy-turvy place. We're told by the Scottish Trades Union Congress that the dispute didn't change industrial relations in Scotland - though that's notShow More Summary

Iraq and Syria are lost causes: Western intervention can’t help – or can it?

Iraq and Syria are lost causes: Western intervention can’t help. Well, at least that was the motion put forward on Wednesday evening at a Spectator debate, in association with Brewin… Continue reading The post Iraq and Syria are lost causes: Western intervention can’t help – or can it? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Is Canada’s foreign policy making the country any safer?

We Canadians like to think that we are a boring and peaceful nation, that nothing much ever happens here, and everybody likes us. It therefore comes as a shock when… Continue reading The post Is Canada’s foreign policy making the country any safer? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Best tip on PB in the past year: UKIP at 40-1 to win Cambourne and Redruth

To whoever suggested this my thanks I’ve just been reviewing my current open political bets and one, which I’d completely forgotten about, was UKIP to win Cambourne & Redruth at an amazing 40/1. It was placed with PaddyPower a week before Christmas. My recall is that this came out of a discussion one evening and […]

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