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 →

A short note late this Friday evening. The UK has a prime minister who cannot cope with the job. The terrible truth is that she is running away from Grenfell Tower survivors because her advisers know that if she tries to talk to them in front of the cameras she will freeze up though fear.. 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 →

Just a quick rough-and-ready look at the figures, but there are obvious general trends with some clear inferences extending from them. There’ll be a more substantial, constituency-by-constituency analysis here in a few days, but for now here are a few points. If you’re reading the Sunday papers tomorrow, though, expect ‘SNP collapse’, ‘great Tory victory’.. read more →

One you’ve had a wee rest, Independence supporters should cheer themselves up by cutting through the media and party-political bullshit today. Two things will become clear. First, in spite of the media’s and unionist politicians’ insistent attempts to read across from the SNP’s result to the state of support for independence in Scotland, independence continues.. 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 →

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 →