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Labour still don’t get it: the biggest party does not get to be the government.

LABOUR’S reaction to the devastating Ashcroft constituency polls suggesting that they would retain only one seat in Glasgow at the General Election was dispiriting to say the least. The party issued an election video quoting the party’s Scottish deputy leader, Kezia Dugdale, saying: “Fact: the biggest party gets to form the next government #VoteSNPgetTories.” The … Continue reading

Tax isn’t just a moral issue. Inequality is inefficient and deflationary.

But what the hell do they do with it all? I mean, the 100 families who supposedly own 20 per cent of the wealth of the United Kingdom, according to Oxfam. The one per cent who own 50 per cent of the world’s wealth. How can you spend all those billions? How many big cars … Continue reading

Detrimental Education: How Smith reforms gave Scots enough rope to hang themselves.

The Smith reforms have been almost universally derided by academics and economists as incoherent, piecemeal and contradictory. It was born of panic before the referendum: something must be done to halt the Nats in their tracks. Throw the Scots a few more concessions: a bit more tax here, a bit of welfare there (not too … Continue reading

The biggest party in Westminster doesn’t get to form the next government. (Herald 8/2/15)

LABOUR’S reaction to last week’s devastating Ashcroft constituency polls suggesting that they would retain only one seat in Glasgow at the General Election was dispiriting to say the least. The party issued an election video quoting the party’s Scottish deputy leader, Kezia Dugdale, saying: “Fact: the biggest party gets to form the next government #VoteSNPgetTories.” … Continue reading

Nobody expected the Islamic Inquisition… SUNDAY HERALD 18TH JANUARY 2015

THE first rule of Pope Fight Club is that thou should take a vow of silence about Pope Fight Club. Not a very good joke perhaps, but one of many doing the rounds after Pope Francis’s extraordinary intervention into the Charlie Hebdo affair. I fear we may not be making jokes like that for much … Continue reading

Labour Tory Grand Coalition? You read it here first. (Herald 1/2/15)

THERE’S been a lot of talk of late about a coalition between Labour and the SNP after a hung general election. Ed Balls is dead against it; Ed Miliband isn’t. But what about a coalition of Labour and the Conservatives? You what? Ed Miliband and David Cameron in the same government? Ed Balls and George … Continue reading

The Independence Referendum. What really changed?

BACK PAGES……………………….. EVERYONE has their favourite ­anecdotes about the 2014 independence referendum. How people were queuing up to vote at 7am; ­pensioners turning out to vote for the first time in their lives; people discussing the finer points of monetary policy at bus stops. It wasn’t just journalistic hyperbole either. The country was alive with … Continue reading

Rich used to endow galleries and patronise are. Today they buy big watches.

BACK PAGES……………….24/12/14. For 20 years, the Financial Times weekend glossy magazine How To Spend It has been affording little people an insight into the lifestyles of the one per cent, confirming that, whatever else it does, money doesn’t buy taste. A garish compendium of over-designed handbags, bling jewellery and overpriced clothing, it offers us some … Continue reading

Alex Salmond. Like Charles Stewart Parnell except for the nationalism .

ALEX Salmond has lately taken to comparing himself with Charles Parnell, the Irish Home Rule leader, which has caused much irritation and some ridicule in Westminster. The House of Commons has a long memory and Parnell, who led the Irish MPs in Westminster in the late 19th century, was a key figure in the succession … Continue reading

Who are the Tartan Trots?

Twitter followers under the age of 40 probably had not a clue what the Labour MP Michael McCann was on about when he tweeted about the Radical Independence Conference (RIC) “Trot Convention” in Glasgow at the weekend. “Trot” is a term rarely heard outside Labour party circles any more and refers to followers of the … Continue reading

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