If Labour’s Left needs fresh material in its eternal search for new ways of abusing Blairism, and of course helping Jeremy Corbyn to victory, it simply needs to distribute this new Spectator piece. It’s John McTernan, former political secretary to two prime ministers (Tony Blair and Julia Gillard the, er, anti-Blairite pm) having a political breakdown on.. read more →

Reflecting the view of millions of shocked people across Scotland and the UK, a resident of Maryhill, Glasgow, was yesterday overheard uttering the following current affairs commentary: “If ah’m still gakkin’ massell mental aff’ ae burds’ tits when ah’m 70, ah’ll regard that as ma’ crownin’ lifetime achievement”. Whether or not you agree with that profound.. read more →

23 Jul 2015
July 23, 2015

The inexorable Labour/SNP deal

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In the Labour leadership election, Scotland has more ‘constituency’ nominations that actual parliamentary constituencies. That’s because Labour in Scotland organises around the Holyrood constituencies, and these in turn are the ‘old’ UK parliamentary constituencies (with Orkney and Shetland split, too) and are therefore smaller and more numerous (73 instead of 59). In the olden days.. read more →

The leader of the House of Commons says it would be wrong for English MPs to be over-ruled on England-only matters, while ensuring the Scottish Affairs Select Committee has a majority of, er, English MPs. Wait for SNP campaigners turning up in English constituencies and arguing that the local MP is out of order dominating Scotland-only.. read more →