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NLC Update (01/05/16)

I came across this Twitter post from Marion Fellows MP, one of the four SNP MPs whose constituencies cover the North Lanarkshire Council areas. Now 'autism' is a very worthy cause for people to support, but I wonder if any readers have...Show More Summary

Calling Glasgow

I'm told there are quite a few 'stragglers' who have still to return their A4ES update letters which were sent out to clients in Glasgow a few weeks ago. If you have not already returned this information by email or post, please do so...Show More Summary

Lanarkshire Labour

North Lanarkshire Council has been hogging the news headlines recently, for all the wrong reasons, but The Sunday Herald reports that after a 7 month investigation a council boss in Labour-run South Lanarkshire Council has been disciplined over a lucrative taxi contract awarded to his nephew. Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

A reader from North Lanarkshire has been in touch with Elaine Smith who is standing as the local Labour candidate in Coatbridge and Chryston constituency. Now I've written about Labour politicians on the blog site previously, both in Lanarkshire and elsewhere, and the reader's email makes a very telling point if you ask me. Show More Summary

The Fight for Equal Pay (01/05/16)

In a few days time the voters will elect a new Scottish Parliament which has the ability to put rocket boosters under the fight for equal pay. Now all the opinion polls predict that Nicola Sturgeon will be re-elected as a Glasgow MSP and also returned as Scotland's First Minister. Show More Summary

Elections and Equal Pay (03/05/16)

I have been doing some research on the Scottish Parliament elections and came across this fascinating entry from the Labour Party web site regarding its candidate for the seat of East Kilbride, part of the South Lanarkshire Council area. Show More Summary

London Mayor

I don't have a vote in the contest to elect London's next Mayor which appears to have come down to a two horse race between Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan. If push came to shove I would opt for Sadiq Khan, although I'm not terribly impressed with either candidate I have to say. Show More Summary

Cruz drops out after big defeat in Indiana. Trump is declared the presemumptive nominee

A big win for Trump in Indiana overnight has caused Ted Cruz to step aside and the Republican National Committee to declare the property billionaire as the presemumptive nominee. In the Democratic race Hillary got beaten by Sanders but because of the way the party allocates delegates it is now almost impossible for him to […]

Unless the there’s a polling disaster bigger than GE2015 Sadiq Khan looks set to win the London Mayoralty

The LAB man is widening his lead in London Khan extends Mayoral lead with OpiniumKhan 35%-Zac 26% -1After 2nd prefs it is Khan 57% Zac 43% — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) May 3, 2016 Link of Opinium Mayoral poll which has Khan with 14% lead after 2nd prefs — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) May 3, 2016 By […]

Boris now 4th in ConHome members preferred leader poll. Gove extends lead

ConservativeHome The monthly ConHome members survey of preferred next party leader is just out and sees Michael Gove once again top extending his total by five points. The former Education Secretary is the fourth person to have been there this year because it does have a tendency to chop and change. Thus in January, Theresa […]

I know who I’m supporting in the impending Corbyn-Hodge leadership contest

Christ help us – Corbyn or Hodge! I think, given the choice, I’m pretty firmly with Jezza. One deranged bien-pensant… The post I know who I’m supporting in the impending Corbyn-Hodge leadership contest appeared first on Coffee House...

North Lanarkshire Update

The Herald reports that yet another investigation is underway into allegations of corruption in North Lanarkshire Council (NLC). Apparently, police are investigating concerns raised by council officials into a central heating company...Show More Summary

Here Comes The Sun

I was puzzled by Nicola Sturgeons' decision to pose with the front page of The Sun newspaper which depicts Scotland's First Minister-in-waiting as captain of the USS Enterprise. Now I'm a bit of a Star Trek fan myself and although I've...Show More Summary

Star Trekkin (16/10/13)

The Voyager 1 space probe has finally our world's solar system and is now heading into deep space - 12 billion miles from Planet Earth - where it will take another 40,000 years to reach the nearest star to our Sun. Mind boggling. Voyager...Show More Summary

Spicy, Sticky Asian Pork

I've not put any of my favourite recipes up on the blog site recently, but here's one that always goes down a treat with family and friends. The undoubted star of the show is the Star Anise which brings all the other flavours together the tart orange juice, the salty soy sauce, the pungent garlic, the warm ginger and the spicy chillies. Show More Summary

Straight Talking

The BBC reports that three more Labour Party members have been suspended for comments made on social media which suggests that the damaging row over anti-Semitism in the party is not going to go away anytime soon. In the meantime, John...Show More Summary

Three days to go and three big developments overnight

New Holyrood poll suggests that the Tories could still overhaul LAB to come 2nd New poll shows Tories could still come second in Scottish Parliament election — David Clegg (@davieclegg) May 2, 2016 Ex CON general election candidate quits party over Zac’s campaign Former CON GE candidate switches to LAB in protest at Zac […]

My Bloomberg programme on BREXIT and political betting

Even if you're at all interested in the art of betting on politics, listen to our interview with @MSmithsonPB — Joe Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) May 2, 2016

What Was the Past Really Like?

What was the past really like? Can we know? A part of my life was spent so long ago, and in such unusual circumstances, that it gives me a bridge into an era that existed and mostly disappeared before I...

Unrepresentative Unions (07/05/15)

Len McCluskey has every right to support the Labour Party, but the Unite boss is deluded if he thinks he's speaking for the wider union membership when he says that "The Labour Party is our party". Because in Scotland the standing of...Show More Summary

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