My partner says The Kelpies are great and that I should lay off them. And I like to drive past them at night when they’re upllit at the side of the A9. And I don’t say we could have spent the money on hospital machines or something, because public art’s important. But in spite of.. read more →

For readers of this blog who don’t know, John McTernan is a well-known Labour political adviser. He goes on telly a lot. In my view, he’s clever and the kind of junior political obsessive every leader needs in his or her team. Just, for God’s sake, under someone else’s tight management. He’s just written an.. read more →

Today’s Sunday Herald (paywall) reported SNP MP Tommy Sheppard calling for two things. First, a delay in an independence referendum until we know the terms of Brexit. This was already widely believed to the Scottish government policy in any case. Yet Sheppard’s call seemed to pressage a debate not simply about when a referendum should.. read more →

Last month, this website reported that President Buhari of Nigeria was missing in London, presumed very ill or perhaps even no longer medically alive. We did this because we were provided with information by an inside source that the true condition of the president was being concealed in order to enable jockeying for position to.. read more →

Scottish journalist and writer Iain MacWhirter has, amongst other things, been writing and commenting for some time about way the Tories will use Brexit to centralise the UK, change the Scotland Act and impose more Westminster power on Scotland. You can Google his pieces at The Sunday Herald on the subject and here’s a good.. read more →

Whoever you’re voting for today, here’s a thought about party support and Scottish independence. The Scottish media are a bit shy about it all. The SNP has lost folk on the right to the Tories; that’s mainly why its vote share is down from 50% to around 43%. This has moved that party’s centre of.. read more →

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 →

03 Jun 2017
June 3, 2017

Corbyn: Talking to Terrorists

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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 →