Sir Teddy Taylor. The name was enough to return a resounding ‘hear, hear’ from Tories and a gasp of horror from liberals. The MP for Glasgow Cathcart and later Southend East, who died on Wednesday, was the sort of politician the euphemism ‘colourful’ was invented for. He was also a man of strong, if not […]Read More Our faith in politics vanished as dunces replaced firebrands
Friends, comrades, snivelling Blairite sellouts. Alex Rowley might not have come to bury Anas Sarwar but he may as well have. Whatever possessed Labour’s interim leader to launch into a jeremiad against millionaires, his well-coined would-be successor wound up with a dagger in his back. The scene was First Minister’s Questions, yesterday. Enter stage Left, […]Read More Et tu, Alex? Day Sarwar’s ambitions were skewered
It is the last taboo, a predilection indulged by a small segment of the population and looked upon with disapproval by mainstream society. In Scotland, just seven percent will admit their involvement and even then they are reluctant to talk about it. Churchgoing is a minority pursuit these days, and if you attended services yesterday […]Read More Let us all pray for religion. It is slowly dying as a force in public life.
The Scottish Daily Mail has an interesting poll on Holyrood voting intentions. It’s actually got findings on much more and I’d recommend you pick up a copy of the paper or check out the digital subscription deals here. Before we go any further, it’s just one poll, remember the margin of error, and the next […]Read More Notes on the Scottish Daily Mail poll
A rare joy of First Minister’s Questions is spotting the Toady of the Week, the Nationalist backbencher who bids to ingratiate themselves by asking Nicola Sturgeon the softest question. It’s a balancing act and all too easy to trip over your forelock as you tug it. Sometimes it’s James Dornan, the Glasgow Grunter, who confronts […]Read More Nicola Sturgeon takes Brexit myth out for a spin
It’s Roald Dahl Day, Britain’s annual celebration of one of its most venerated children’s authors. No family bookshelf is complete without a volume or two from the Welsh-born conjuror of juvenile joy and nightmares. Dahl understood the youthful imagination — its fierce moralism and rage against hypocrisy; the half-wonder, half-terror at these towering masses of […]Read More Roald Dahl — National treasure, Nazi sympathiser
Let’s not talk about politics this week. At least not the rows and resentments at Holyrood; the ghastly business will still be there a week from now. Let’s talk about something more precious, far more difficult to negotiate. Let’s talk about love. No politics, however lofty, can match the idealism of love, especially the love […]Read More Anas Sarwar may be a bad socialist but he’s trying to be a good father