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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 […]
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. 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.
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.
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 […]
I don’t want this to become the ‘Tom Tells You To Get High’ blog, so this will be the last time I write about cannabis for awhile, I promise. Unless… Continue reading The post Smoking weed won’t make your kids smarter, but it won’t make them brain-dead, either appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
I am on the wrong side of public opinion on one of the major issues of the time. I support the free movement of Labour across Europe, and am, in general, of the belief that immigration is not a great … Continued
The Parliamentary week will open with what promises to be a major helping of euro-angst in the Commons, as the prime minister reports back from the latest EU summit. The EU Commission's demand for extra money from Britain is bound to...Show More Summary
A new survey of Anglican clergy has been published. Its findings are reassuringly unsurprising. For example, almost one-third of the clergy identify as evangelical; exactly one-third as Catholic; and just… Continue reading The post Anglicanism keeps muddling on — thank God appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
So the EU wants Britain to pay a 1.7 billion surcharge for the heinous crime of having an economic recovering. How dare we object? Just think of all the good… Continue reading The post 8 ways the EU might spend that 1.7 billion surcharge appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
A visibly riled David Cameron railed at the European Commission’s ‘completely unacceptable’ behaviour in demanding another £1.7 billion from Britain by the 1st of December. He warned that he certainly… Continue reading The post Cameron: We’re not paying this EU bill on the 1st of December appeared first on Spectator Blogs.