I have come late to what is euphemistically called the 'debate' around GRA reform and the Hate Crime Bill. I regret that.
"UK Labour's official policy is to maintain the continuous at sea deterrent albeit at the cheapest price; Scottish Labour's policy is to scrap Trident. Jim Murphy, the party leader in Scotland and a former Shadow Defence Secretary, supports keeping Britain's nuclear deterrent, stressing that he is a multilateralist."CND snapshot of Labour election hopefuls shows three-quarters … Continue reading Labour’s mystery package
As I watched Johann Lamont's antics over the past week I was reminded of Monty Python's famous "Dead Parrot" sketch. There was the hapless leaderette of British Labour's northern division desperately trying to assure us that the parrot of devolution is merely resting; or pining for the fjords and not dead. Not dead at all. … Continue reading Johann Lamont does Monty Python
Dumb and dumber? Or just dishonest?"Let's be clear!" How often do we hear that phrase, or some variation upon it, from British politicians. It's a familiar part of the language of politics which, as is the way with these things, invariably signals a significant lack of clarity or presages the intention to obfuscate.There is much … Continue reading Let’s be clear!
Who does Lamont imagine she is fooling with her "devolution commission"? What is the point of it?If "Scottish" Labour was serious about meaningful additional powers for the Scottish Parliament then they have had ample opportunity in recent years to both formulate a policy and implement the measures. They did neither. Instead, they colluded with their … Continue reading Lamont’s error of commission
Johann Lamont - unprincipledIt was perhaps predictable that, after the initial shock of Lamont's precipitous lurch to the right, it wouldn't be long before the unionist media dutifully fell into line to protect "one of their own". The line now is to portray Lamont's speech as an utterly reasonable questioning of assumptions about universal benefits … Continue reading Lamont’s suicide note
Johann Lamont - gaffe-proneYou've probably heard it said that good courtroom lawyers never ask a question unless they know the answer they're going to get. Likewise, politicians need to be aware of how the form of words that they use is going to be turned back on them by their political opponents. In her speech … Continue reading Careless words