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You can’t have a consensus of one party

“I believe that [we] need a new type of politics which embraces everyone in this nation, not just a select few. A politics built on consensus, not division. A politics built on engaging with people, not excluding them. A politics that draws on the widest range of talents and expertise, not the narrow circles of … Continue reading

Making Iraq safe for terrorists

Here is measure of the madness that has been the Iraq war: British forces evacuated Basra last week, at high speed at dead of night, effectively handing over control of Basra to Iranian-supporting militias, including those of the Shi’ite warlord-cleric, Moqtada al Sadr, whose Mehdi army helpfully ordered a six month cease-fire to let the … Continue reading

Alex, Whaur’s Yer Bills

Bills, bills, bills. They wanted bills; so they’ll get bills. Labour and the Liberal Democrats have been castigating Alex Salmond for failing to deliver a legislative programme. For being feart in Holyrood and running scared of his minority status. “Come on Alex”, they cry, “Whaur’s yer bills”. Well, this week,as parliament returns, the SNP government … Continue reading

Wendy in da house

Labour’s new Scottish leader, Wendy Alexander, has been out and about “listening and learning”. What’s she learned? Well, she was reportedly “taken aback” by the strength of feeling across Scotland about the lack of affordable housing. “The huge issue”, she said. But why it took a nation-wide tour for Wendy, an economist, to discover that … Continue reading

British soldiers are killing more people in Scotland than in Afghanistan.

Are British soldiers killing more people in Scotland than in Afghanistan? An unintended consequence of our current “surge” in the war-torn country has been a massive increase in cultivation of the opium poppy in Helmand province. Afghanistan now provides 92% of Europe’s street heroin. Meanwhile back home there has been a 40% increase in the … Continue reading

Murder means more in England

“Sometimes you want to sit there and say: ‘nothing much has happened, I’d go to bed if I were you.” So said the Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman about a phenomenon all of us face in the street of shame – what to do when there is a dearth of news. The media is a machine … Continue reading

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