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Blairites’ Biggest Fear is a Corbyn Win in 2020

The right wing of the Labour Party are stepping up their attacks on Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign, yet “Corbyn Mania” shows no signs of slowing. With some polls now putting the man who started as the outsider candidate, at over 50% ...

Mhairi Black & Scotland’s Ingrained Classism

Amidst a sea of praise following her maiden speech last week, the SNP’s Mhairi Black found herself on the receiving end of some pretty scathing, even offensive comments from some that were less than impressed with her performance. If she’d ...

When did we Forget That You Never Cross a Picket ...

This week sees commemorations of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, a group of 19th century Dorset farm labourers who were arrested and convicted for their membership of a group called the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers. It was essentially a forerunner of ...

Wake up Labour, Corbyn Could Be The Next PM

Back in 2007, I was roundly ridiculed when I predicted that a relatively obscure Illinois Senator might overtake Hillary Clinton (the bookies’ favourite for the best part of a decade) to gain the Democratic Nomination for US President. “It’ll never ...

It’s Time Sensible People Stopped Endorsing the Daily Mail

Let’s make no bones about it, the Daily Mail is a reactionary mouthpiece, whose target readership comprises the most narrow minded and bigoted in our society. If that seems a little harsh, don’t forget that it was the Daily Mail ...

Obviously the SNP Would Rather a Tory Government in London. ...

That Alistair Carmichael’s position as MP is on shaky ground, will not be news to many. We all know he lied, we all know what he did was wrong, and we all know (despite the convenient protestations of some) that ...

Is the SNP’s Full Fiscal Autonomy a “Triple Bluff”?

The SNP have gone awfully quiet about Full Fiscal Autonomy of late, or so goes the refrain of the opposition parties in Scotland. The insinuation being that FFA is actually something of a poisoned chalice. We are to believe that ...

The question is not SHOULD Scotland be an independent country

We’ve heard, and we’ll doubtless continue to hear, unionist politicians and commentators bleating that the outcome of this week’s General Election was “exactly” what the SNP, and the wider pro independence movement wanted. A Tory majority at Westminster – hardline ...

Why there’s a “natural majority” for Full Fiscal Autonomy

Back in 2014, during the heady days of the referendum, the Yes campaign were guffawed at by opponents for claiming there was a “natural majority” in favour of independence. Fair enough you might say. As it turned out, a majority ...

This has gone on long enough, it’s about time we ...

The BBC’s James Cook received a few colourful tweets over the weekend, which left him – quite rightly – a bit peeved. Cue a spree of articles and comments on “cyberNats” and “the ugly side of nationalism”. The Spectator’s Fraser ...