@caronmlindsay has just alerted me to the fact that Scottish Roundup and has just published the result of a wee vote they’ve run on scottish Political blogs. I’m on it at no.6. Fair enough, my colleague Tom Harris is at 4 but you can’t have everything.  I’m pretty chuffed, actually.  Thank you very much to folk.. read more →

23 Jan 2010
January 23, 2010

Vodka stats and the Scots

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A lot of media outlets have this week covered a story that adult Scots drink an average of nearly one bottle of Vodka, or nearly three bottles of wine, per week each.  That’s apparently a lot more than in England, so everyone there is having a giant laugh about alchie Scots today. This story is.. read more →

I wasn’t going to go all political over Christmas, but @andyreeves on Twitter has raised the fact that an SNP MSP has demanded the end of dual mandates as per the Kelly Report and I can’t resist a wee comment. I think the most important thing about this debate is not that a couple of.. read more →

I just read Andrew Brown’s piece on Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury   and thought I’d say a word or two here. A long time ago, I did a Religious Studies degree.  I’ve never been religious – I kind of slipped into it from a Philosophy degree because I found it more interesting. From.. read more →

I spent a couple of years as Tony Blair’s rep at the Party of European Socialists (PES).  It was led then, as now, by former Danish PM Poul-Nyrup Rasmussen.  There’s been some kind of law passed in Denmark requiring every Danish PM to be called Rasmussen (they’re on their third one on the trot, and.. read more →

12 Nov 2009
November 12, 2009

By-election STATS

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Just driven back from Springburn, in Glasgow, where I was alerted to Dave Maddox of the Scotman’s point that the Falkirk West by-election of Christmas 2000, where I was the beneficiary of a quite brilliant Labour campaign, was the highest ever turnout in a by-election.  It made me think of two things. The SNP actually recorded more.. read more →

12 Nov 2009
November 12, 2009

By-election STATS

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Just driven back from Springburn, in Glasgow, where I was alerted to Dave Maddox of the Scotman’s point that the Falkirk West by-election of Christmas 2000, where I was the beneficiary of a quite brilliant Labour campaign, was the highest ever turnout in a by-election.  It made me think of two things. The SNP actually recorded more.. read more →