There’s a lot of rain about. We know this because it’s had, er, saturation coverage on the telly.  Many of us saw the Environment Secretary, Owen Patterson, being  boo’ed the other day in Somerset, where the Levels there have had it pretty bad. It can’t be easy for folk there, what with flooded farmland affecting.. read more →

The ‘Lobbying Bill’ came through the House of Commons yesterday (here are the explanatory notes – you can navigate from there to the actual bill if you fancy it). The government says the aim of the bill is to make lobbying more transparent. Naturally, some opponents think the government’s true intentions are not what it.. read more →

A couple of race issues in the news caught my eye over the last week or so, and I thought I’d throw my oar in here, as a white bloke. That always goes down really well, doesn’t it? Gender-based abortion has been generating chat because the Independent has reported research that the practice seems to.. read more →

07 Jan 2014
January 7, 2014

Alan Cumming’s Mum Part 2

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I posted here a couple of days ago about how actor Alan Cumming has been told he can’t vote in the Scottish referendum as his Edinburgh flat isn’t his main residence. Some folk helpfully pointed out that the rules simply require residence in Scotland, but that doesn’t explain why Cumming can’t vote – there’s no reference.. read more →

05 Jan 2014
January 5, 2014

Alan’s not Cumming : (


Alan Cumming, one of Scotland’s great artistic exports (to say nothing of his making the greatest perfume ad of all time) has bought a flat in Edinburgh, to use when he’s visiting his mum. He’s a big ‘Yes to Independence’ man, and so there’s been quite a lot made of whether or not he’ll be.. read more →