The habit of malice

Unless Jenny Marra had good reason to believe her claim of a £300,000 "golden goodbye package" then the claim was a malicious untruth. If she cannot demonstrate that she had reasonable grounds to suppose the figure she quoted was accurate then she must, perforce, be branded a liar. Of course, we know from the Alistair … Continue reading The habit of malice

To see oursels as ithers see us

  Matt Halliday's tale of disenchantment with British Labour in Scotland (BLiS) is very familiar. He is far from the first former British Labour member to note with distaste how the party's operation in Scotland has come to be defined almost entirely by its bitter resentment of the SNP. He is not alone in observing … Continue reading To see oursels as ithers see us

The impossible dream

Kevin Pringle, a man who knows whereof he speaks, confirms in his final verdict on the feasibility and likelihood of a federal UK what many of us have been saying for a very long time, I think that independence is more realistic. The reason is simple. The things Kevin Pringle rightly identifies as the basic … Continue reading The impossible dream

A British accommodation

The latest bit of British jiggery-pokery with the EU power grab represented a potentially tricky situation for Richard Leonard and Willie Rennie. Their first instinct, as always, is to blame the SNP. But the sheer brazenness of the Tories' cack-handed chicanery made things somewhat easier for the other British Nationalist parties. Not even with the … Continue reading A British accommodation

Petulant children and mindless vandals

When Alex Salmond talks about the way the British parties at Holyrood are behaving in relation to the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act (OBFA) his anger is genuine, palpable and fully justified. He allows his emotions to show to an extent which is rare in politicians. I think that is very much to his credit. … Continue reading Petulant children and mindless vandals

The biggest lie

It is frequently pointed out that “Scottish Labour” is not a real political party. Although not often enough to prevent them persisting in the pretence. There is no such party registered with the Electoral Commission. There is only the British Labour Party. “Scottish Labour” is, in fact, British Labour in Scotland (BLiS).But they are not … Continue reading The biggest lie

BLiSsful ignorance

If you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperilled in every single battleThere are many reasons why British Labour in Scotland (BLiS) is so lamentably failing to address the electoral challenge of the Scottish National Party (SNP). But the ancient Chinese military strategist, Sun Tzu, may have captured the essence of … Continue reading BLiSsful ignorance

Dugdale dumps on doctors

Once again British Labour in Scotland takes the pish out of the people of Scotland with ill-thought, half-baked pronouncements that have more to do with grabbing headlines than offering cogent policies. Pretendy wee party loyalists and British nationalist fanatics will lap this up like Pavlovian dogs. Thinking people, on the other hand, will ask the … Continue reading Dugdale dumps on doctors