This week, Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte has sought to retain his job by mimicking the fascist PVV. In that country these days it’s an orthodox, indeed popular, part of electioneering to call not just for immigration to be reduced, but for actual Dutch citizens to be ‘sent home’ on account of their ethnicity. Conservative Rutte used.. read more →

Various Scottish Labour politicians have been appearing on radio and telly this morning to tell us what Jeremy Corbyn “really meant”. But since we all speak the same language as Jeremy and his words were said directly to the media and were therefore intended for us, when he said as second referendum was; “absolutely fine”,.. read more →

Jeremy Corbyn  said today that he thinks a second Scottish independence referendum would be “absolutely fine”. And one of his advisers said, at the same time (same link); “Kezia Dugdale is absolutely right to oppose a second referendum at Holyrood to keep the pressure on Nicola Sturgeon to rule one out”. In any line of.. read more →

BNP and UKIP aside, politicians and party activists across the spectrum abhor racism. The BNP courts it openly and UKIP finds it far more effective to use the dog whistle of immigration. You’ll find unreconstructed attitudes around race, gender, sexuality and the rest especially amongst the older generation, of course. Within the boundaries set by.. read more →

Following a Guardian CIF article by Stirling University PhD student Claire Heuchan, The Guardian reported that Ms Heuchan said she had quit Twitter in fear for her safety having been abused on social media. Other media outlets followed-up and we published this. The Scotsman reported: “Attacks, including a comment on her (Claire’s) blog calling her an.. read more →

This post serves as a postscript to today’s earlier post. In her speech today, Theresa May said this: “As the Government serving the whole United Kingdom, formed in a Parliament drawn from the whole United Kingdom, the UK Government exercises a responsibility on behalf of the whole UK that transcends party politics and encompasses all aspects.. read more →

Theresa May will speak at the Tory Conference in Glasgow today. As the most powerful person in the UK, she will say it is her priority to champion the cause of Scottish unionism. This is very helpful, because – combined with the terrible absence of the Labour Party – it makes starker than ever the.. read more →

When Stirling University PhD student Claire Heuchan, who is black, wrote this comment piece for the Guardian, some independence-minded folk criticised both her and the Guardian. At the core of her piece was: “Equating racism with Scottish nationalism is a massive false equivalence, yet both perspectives are reliant on a clear distinction being made between.. read more →

Scotland has essentially three types of self-identified unionist now: Greater Englanders, SNP-haters and regular folk. Greater Englanders. The Scottish Tories own this type. They deprecate any notion of Scots choosing a non-Tory direction, understandably, and see their role as supporting a right-wing, Brexiteer, UK administration governing Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland but made up.. read more →

By conventional political standards, Nigel Farage certainly deserves that peerage or knighthood he covets. Under his leadership, UKIP grew to take the largest share of the UK vote in the last EU election, took 3.9m votes at the last general election and, of course, was a key variable in the UK’s Brexit. A lot of.. read more →

For independence supporters, Former Labour minister Brian Wilson’s comments (Herald, paywall) at a weekend Fabian event during the Scottish Labour conference are important. Wilson is a serious man with successful careers in journalism (he founded the West Highland Free Press) and politics behind him, and with a successful present career in business. He helped save Harris.. read more →

That Khan episode is worthy of a little bit of deconstruction. As everyone knows, The Mayor of London – certainly Labour’s most important politician elected to public office, and one of the most senior non-white and Muslim politicians in that part of the North which comprises Western Europe and America – put out a Tweet.. read more →