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Can the Yes movement be revived in time for the next referendum?

There is a great stirring in the Force. Following the Brexit madness, Trident and Nicola Sturgeon’s forecast of another referendum as early as a year, the independence movement is on the march to a second vote. Except that it isn’t. The broad coalition that achieved such remarkable results during the 2014 independence referendum doesn’t exist … Continue reading

Theresa May: a red Tory who will tackle “burning injustice”? Probably not.

ANYONE expecting a cat fight in Bute House on Friday would have been thoroughly disappointed. The meeting between the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, seems to have been more than amicable. Sturgeon even tweeted a picture of them both shaking hands on the steps of her official residence to … Continue reading

Theresa May dresses to the left. Is it all just a fashion accessory?

One of Theresa May’s first acts – along with sacking just about everyone in the Cameron cabinet – was to abandon explicitly the former chancellor George Osborne’s austerity programme.  This was more a recognition of reality than a change of ideology.  The idea of running a budget surplus by 2020 is clearly impossible following Brexit. … Continue reading

The “f***ing useless coup”. Labour must find a third way between Corbyn and PLP.

“AS plotters, they were f****** useless”, was shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s verdict on the conduct of the “moderate” Labour MPs who tried to organise what is now widely referred to as the #chickencoup against their leader Jeremy Corbyn. Such is the parliamentary language we are becoming used to in the social media age, but it’s … Continue reading

The clusterf*** armageddon: Brexit and the disintegration of UK politics.

MALCOLM Tucker might have called it a “clusterf***mageddon”. Everyone said that last week’s treacherous political infighting was was like Shakespearean tragedy, but it resembled more The Thick Of It – the show producer Armando Iannucci says he can’t bring back because politics is now beyond satire. It’s just not funny any more. The parade of … Continue reading

Save us from the clusterfuckmageddon. Brexiteer treachery as Britain burns.

MALCOLM Tucker might have called it a “clusterf***mageddon”. Everyone said that last week’s treacherous political infighting was was like Shakespearean tragedy, but it resembled more The Thick Of It – the show producer Armando Iannucci says he can’t bring back because politics is now beyond satire. It’s just not funny any more. The parade of … Continue reading

Holyrood has no Brexit veto, but legislative consent is a two way street.

With the UK prime minister on his way out, and the leader of the opposition disowned by the shadow cabinet,  Nicola Sturgeon is the only leader left standing. As Sky’s political editor, Faisal Islam, put it: “She is the only one who seems to have a plan”. So what is it? Well, it is not … Continue reading

Botched Labour rebels shoot themselves in their collective foot as Corbyn clings on.

In the name of God, go. David Cameron tried to play Oliver Cromwell last week in the Labour civil war. It was an extraordinary moment: a prime minister who has already been forced out telling the leader of the opposition to join him. This was a political suicide pact that would leave the UK without … Continue reading

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