How Jim Murphy learned to stop worrying and love the Left

Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay delivered an unapologetically left-wing speech at the launch of his party's general election manifesto. The socialist firebrand roused the faithful with pungent class warfare rhetoric as he rolled off a roster of Old Labour policies. He promised to tax high earners and their mansions and spend the money on the … Continue reading How Jim Murphy learned to stop worrying and love the Left

David Coburn interview shows what Ukip is and what it is not

Ukip is not the party that "stands up for ordinary people". It is not the party that "tells it like it is" or "hits the nail on the head" or "says what everyone else is thinking". It doesn't "speak truth to power" or take on the "PC mob", the "human rights brigade", or the "Eurocrats". … Continue reading David Coburn interview shows what Ukip is and what it is not

About that Scottish social democratic consensus…

Some truths are so appealing even facts can't refute them. Received wisdom is particularly enervating in politics because it calcifies myth and frustrates free-ranging debate. We already have enough blind faith in Scottish affairs so a new poll on public attitudes towards welfare is to be welcomed for delivering a dose of reality. The YouGov … Continue reading About that Scottish social democratic consensus…

Nicola Sturgeon had a bad debate but will it change anything?

Nicola Sturgeon doesn't walk on water after all. The SNP leader famed for her formidable debating skills struggled to take the fight to Jim Murphy in the Scotland Debates programme. I assumed Ms Sturgeon had won before she even took to her podium. There was no way Mr Murphy could outmanoeuvre the most popular politician … Continue reading Nicola Sturgeon had a bad debate but will it change anything?