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North Lanarkshire News

A kind reader from North Lanarkshire has sent me details of the local trade union campaign to lobby senior Labour councillors over NLC's foot-dragging behaviour on equal pay. The trade unions are targeting councillors' surgeries andShow More Summary

NLC and FoI

The Scottish Information Commissioner has been in touch to confirm that an appeal I registered against North Lanarkshire Council will now proceed to a formal investigation. As regular readers know this involved a refusal by the Council...Show More Summary

Snooty Elite

Jason Cowley, editor of the left wing New Statesman magazine, created something of a political 'shitstorm' the other week in publishing a less than flattering portrayal of Ed Miliband, as the leader of a badly out-of-touch Labour Party. Show More Summary

Trial by TV

The physical, scientific evidence which forms part of the official autopsy report into the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri confirms that the young man was not 'shot in the back' as alleged by this witness at the time of the incident. Show More Summary

On the Buses

The Scotsman ran a story the other day which highlighted a row within Lothian Buses where a company run by the wife of the chief executive, and to which the chief executive acts as company secretary, was awarded a contract on two separate occasions to carry out work at the Lothian Buses headquarters. Show More Summary

New Equal Pay Claims

I've been in touch with a couple of MSPs in North Lanarkshire recently and one of the things I've been asked about is whether or not Action 4 Equality Scotland is still taken on new NLC cases. The answer to that question is a definite...Show More Summary

Way to Go!

I've been to California in the past couple of years and what's obvious to any visitor is that this giant and wealthy American state could not function properly without the contribution of its immigrant Hispanic-American workforce, many of whom are living and working there 'illegally' without official papers. Show More Summary

The Spectator at war: Digging for victory

From The Spectator, 28 November 1914: After discipline and rifle shooting comes entrenching. We suggest, as a practical proposal, that every corps should practise its men at least once a… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: Digging for victory appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Russian Gold

Politics often comes 'full circle', so they say, and here's a great example in a story from The Times which reports that Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front party in France has taken out a £7 million loan from a Russian bank with close connections to Vladimir Putin. Show More Summary

Kippers least likely to have felt the recovery – Tories the most likely

No surprise there then but a big challenge for the coalition The chart is based on aggregate data for Populus polls last month and is broadly in line with what we seen from other pollsters. Those currently saying they’ll vote UKIP have the most negative views about the recovery. Given that both coalition partners will […]

What is the truth about Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor and ‘Team Bergoglio’?

A couple of days ago John Bingham, the excellent religious affairs editor of the Telegraph, broke a story that is only now filtering out. I hope he’ll forgive me if… Continue reading The post What is the truth about Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor and ‘Team Bergoglio’? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Writers, beware of your mother-in-law

Last week it transpired that Dylan Thomas’s mother-in-law tried to have a notebook of his draft poems burned, but did not succeed, because one of her household staff secreted it away… Continue reading The post Writers, beware of your mother-in-law appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Forget therapy, all I need to de-stress is an outline picture of a farmyard and a packet of Crayolas

A few years ago, you may remember, the distressing news went round that George W. Bush’s library had burned down. Both books had been destroyed, and what was worse he… Continue reading The post Forget therapy, all I need to de-stress is an outline picture of a farmyard and a packet of Crayolas appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Facebook insists it does tackle terrorism as finger points at site for Rigby messages

Facebook is responsible for hosting a conversation Rigby murderer Michael Adebowale had about killing a solider, according to the BBC. Both the ISC’s report and the committee’s chairman Malcolm Rifkind have been… Continue reading The post Facebook insists it does tackle terrorism as finger points at site for Rigby messages appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Are Tristram Hunt’s plans for private schools a class war or just a bit pointless?

Tristram Hunt has managed to get a great deal of attention for his proposals for private schools helping out state schools, with even his own (private but sufficiently stuffed with… Continue reading The post Are Tristram Hunt’s plans for private schools a class war or just a bit pointless? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Who used Rachel Johnson’s Twitter account to post a rude message about the PM?

‘Apologies everyone and especially to our Leader’ tweets Rachel Johnson after a very rude word appeared on her Twitter feed about the Prime Minister: Apparently the columnist and famous sibling… Continue reading The post Who used Rachel Johnson’s Twitter account to post a rude message about the PM? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Cynon Valley: the runners and riders

Labour has revealed a four-women shortlist from which it will choose candidate in Cynon Valley at the next general election. Ann Clwyd, the sitting MP, has made it. Her rivals include Sue Pickering (a Unite member, councillor and AM's...Show More Summary

MPs to discuss legacy of Afghanistan this week

Yesterday the final UK personnel left Kandahar airfield, with just a few hundred British defence workers left in Afghanistan to help train the country’s future officers. MPs have been assured… Continue reading The post MPs to discuss legacy of Afghanistan this week appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Five things you need to know about the Lee Rigby report

Could the intelligence services have prevented the murder of Lee Rigby last year? Probably not, but there was more they could have known and possibly done, according to a report from the… Continue reading The post Five things you need to know about the Lee Rigby report appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

And the winner of the PB Rochester and Strood competition is…..

N.Simms with the winning entry “UKIP by 7.26%” This was 0.02% short of the actual margin of 7.28% and the winner got closest. Congratulations. The winner will receive a copy of the new book edited by Philip Cowley and Rob Ford “Sex Lies & The Ballot Box” which was launched earlier this month and has […]

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