28 Apr 2017
April 28, 2017

Hey, STV, give us our Greens……

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STV say they won’t let the Greens take part in their “leader’s debate” on 24th May. They’ve made an editorial decision, they say, and it’s permitted by the Ofcom rules. Well, their ‘editorial decision’ is cackhanded and also balls. They’ll have to change it. It’s a UK general election and none of those taking part.. read more →

Well, it’s taken a while, but I’ve finally found an excuse to get antidisestablishmentarianism into a blogpost. The notion arose to describe those against the disestablishment of the Church of England. But when I studied this stuff years ago, we learned that some of the folk against the disestablishment of the Church were not actually.. read more →

Is today’s rogue independence poll a stunning example of a megacorps media company using a cheap trick to sell is wares through other megacorps newspaper companies, or just a crap piece of work by a rubbish branch office? There’s a poll out today by a company called Kantar (here, I prefer Kant). In spite of (actually, it turns.. read more →

Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon are both at the STUC today. They have very different audiences, though. Jeremy Corbyn will be a lot less comfortable with hard-nosed trades unionists than people might think. The history of British trades unions is characterised by sectional interest; working class folk representing others in the workplace, trying to get.. read more →

21 Apr 2017
April 21, 2017

The Daily Mail harms only Labour

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That the Daily Mail practically exists to make money for its owner by destroying Labour (amongst other things…) is well-known in England. In Scotland, it’s just as true but some Scottish Labour folk seem confused about it. The Daily Mail’s commercial success is rooted in English conservatism. In Scotland, because of Labour’s terrible weakness, this.. read more →

The Fixed Term Parliaments Act was both a con and a mirage. A con, because it was  primarily intended by David Cameron’s Conservatives as a way of redressing a demographic oddity which which meant Labour required far fewer votes at election per seat than everyone else. The number of seats would reduce from 651 to.. read more →

The orthodoxy at Westminster is that Scotland and Northern Ireland have been discounted for UK general elections. Not just this one, but for a couple of generations or forever. The Tories think they might be able to sneak their present seat and perhaps another, like Perth maybe (they’re culturally conditioned to always think this about.. read more →

Theresa May has called the election to give her a proper Brexit mandate. If the Tories are as successful as the polls suggest, then she’ll get what she wants. That mandate will of course come entirely from England (and Wales). Michael Gove, hoping for a government job after the election, was going about today saying.. read more →

Below: Murray Foote, Daily Record Editor in velveteen jacket, getting a prize for some old crap from two other comedy-trousered boys-club members.  The Scottish Tories and Scottish Labour are saying that their first priority at the local authority elections is the union. This makes nonsense of their claim that it is the SNP which obsesses.. read more →

[New postscript below main article] There’s been talk amongst SNP MSPs and MPs about changing the way the Scottish parliament list system works. They’re fed up that some folk stand at election after election, often coming third or even fourth but then entering parliament anyway on their party’s list. I initially viewed this as a.. read more →