If only they’d told us!

If I cared in the slightest what Brian Monteith's views were on the issue of the British parties in Scotland becoming more like Scottish parties then I would come away from this article feeling somewhat frustrated. Having read it twice now I'm still not sure whether he thinks Scottish Labour and/or the Scottish Conservatives breaking … Continue reading If only they’d told us!

Labour’s mystery package

"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

More than a bad apple

Like most of the media - The Courier being, to some extent, an exception - The Scotsman entirely misses the point. To portray Kathy Wiles's posting of the Nazi image as an isolated, if deeply offensive, incident obscures the fact that she has a history of such unpleasantness. And, more importantly, that this history must … Continue reading More than a bad apple

Johann Lamont does Monty Python

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

Lamont’s error of commission

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

Lamont’s suicide note

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