Today’s (Glasgow) Herald has a story about ‘cybernats’ posting rude messages on social media about Olympic champion cyclist Sir Chris Hoy’s opposition to Scottish independence. For the uninitiated, ‘cybernat’ is the term used in Scottish politics to refer, ostensibly, to slightly mad old-school nationalists who post vile, personalised attacks on their political opponents.  Some politicos in.. read more →

16 May 2013
May 16, 2013



At the slight risk of boring folk with petty Falkirk Labour stuff, I really do need to comment on today’s perfectly fair and accurate Sun piece which refers to my wish to take the Labour Whip. First off, apparently a ‘party spokesperson’ says that the rules preclude me re-joining for 2 more years.  My instinct.. read more →

13 May 2013
May 13, 2013

FKUK – Working Class MPs

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There’s a stushie going on in Falkirk, and Peter Mandleson’s stepped right into it.  Apparently, he’s fed up that Unite the Union is dominating Labour’s parliamentary selections, with all the implications this has for the future Parliamentary Labour Party’s centre of gravity.  Meanwhile, Len McCluskey, Unite leader, is justifying his union’s activist stance by saying.. read more →

04 May 2013
May 4, 2013

Trial by Jury

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I’ve had a couple of letters recently from constituents stressing the importance of trial by jury – it’s a human right to be judged by our peers, they’ve argued.  Seemed fair enough.  But then I gave it some thought and checked the interweb with the Googleatron.  It turns out that in England and Wales, 80%.. read more →