Hot on the heels of Theresa May’s ‘western values’ theme, plenty of folk have been quick to bring out the old saw which runs that terrorism carried out by Muslims is motivated by a ‘perversion’ of Islam. That notion is tricker than it seems, and does not of itself seem likely likely to help reduce.. read more →

Theresa May started off this election campaign by telling everyone how strong and stable she is in a way reminiscent of Princess Diana at, very sadly, her most conflicted. Over just a few weeks, though, it’s become leader clear that she’s actually wobbly both as a politician and, much more  important,  as a person. Her.. read more →

04 Jun 2017
June 4, 2017

“Western Values”


This blog included a few words re: Jeremy Cobyn and Northern Ireland yesterday. Afterwards, the terrible events on London Bridge took place. There’s a pause in political activity today and, although some think that’s not right, that seems to strike a balance between not letting terrorists dictate to us all and showing respect for the victims of.. read more →

03 Jun 2017
June 3, 2017

Corbyn: Talking to Terrorists


A few years ago I visited Bogota with a group of trade union leaders. The trip was sponsored by the trades union funded Justice for Colombia. We met the new president-elect Santos and encouraged him to get a peace process going with FARC. Then we visited FARC members in prison and elsewhere in Colombia. Our.. read more →

In a moment of good news for political honesty, The UK Labour Party has confirmed (The Times, paywall) that if it is the largest party after the general election but lacks an overall majority then it will seek an agreement with the Scottish National Party (SNP) to govern the UK. Since the SNP has already proposed.. read more →

If you click on the tweet and picture opposite, at first glance you’ll see cheery local Scottish campaigners working away for Ian Murray, Labour’s candidate in Edinburgh South. Actually, though, you’re looking at a picture the recent ex-Daily Mail man who’s presently serving as Scottish Labour’s spin doctor has taken of himself. By putting himself.. read more →

Here’s yesterday’s piece about how the media use polls to create uncertainty and pursue their own agendas. It referred specifically to Yougov, and suggested that polls are often constructed to create ‘outlier’ outcomes, before the pollsters use their multitude of polls saying different things to retroactively claim they’d been right all along. Here’s today’s Independent.. read more →

Here’s The Daily Record raising some legitimate questions about nurse Claire Austin. And here’s The Daily Record’s Torcuil Crichton explaining that the fair questions the Record itself put were really groundless and vile allegations made up by the SNP and pro-independence ‘trolls’. Crichton and The Record editor who commissioned both pieces will chuckle about this.. read more →

As a bank-holiday adjunct to this piece, here’s a weekend article written by a journalist generally agreed to be a good thing; the sort of person who often writes illuminative stuff challenging lazy thinking regardless of its political shade. But not this time. Kevin McKenna’s article for The Herald, a newspaper with an editorial policy.. read more →

Stuart Campbell, who curates and writes for the website ‘Wings over Scotland’, is by a long, long way Scotland’s most read columnist/commentator. ‘Wings’ readership is on a par with that of the largest Scottish outlets. And because the figures for on-line newspapers include hits on every part of the paper, a small number of columns.. read more →

26 May 2017
May 26, 2017

Nigeria’s missing president

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Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, was last seen by people other than his own staff in early May. According to his staff, he handed over ‘co-ordinating power’ to his Vice President and headed to London for medical treatment. Shortly beforehand, he had returned from around two months in London, also apparently receiving medical treatment there. His.. read more →

I wrote this yesterday about President Buhari of Nigeria. There’s been a lot of interest in the blog in Nigeria. I’ll answer a few of the key points raised, here. First, if you’re a president then it’s up to you to show people you’re alive and well – it’s not up to your people to.. read more →