Sunshine of socialism clouded by nationalism in Scotland

Jeremy Corbyn’s speeches are getting better. There is more structure, a line of thought; an editor has crashed the speechwriting staff. The Labour leader retains the unorthodox habit of speaking in complete sentences, with verbs and everything. Most politicians gave up on verbs some time ago. Troublesome little buggers, they are. They’re all about doing … Continue reading Sunshine of socialism clouded by nationalism in Scotland

Sturgeon could return Scottish education to greatness

The General Election saw her branded “the most dangerous woman in Britain” but Nicola Sturgeon could turn out to be subversive in a way no one expected. According to reports, the First Minister is considering a bid by parents to set up a state-funded primary school outside local authority control. St Joseph’s in Milngavie has been … Continue reading Sturgeon could return Scottish education to greatness

I am ‘pro-life’ but it shouldn’t be this easy to limit abortion

My name is Stephen and I believe life begins at conception. There, I said it. Now you know: I’m one of Those People. Measure me up for the village stocks. I won’t be adding a coat hanger Twibbon to my social media profile, as others have in response to a motion on abortion from Nationalist … Continue reading I am ‘pro-life’ but it shouldn’t be this easy to limit abortion

SNP’s biggest conference ever poses three big questions

Three questions emerge from SNP conference 2015. Question one: What is the SNP today? Answer: Who knows. The angry and aggrieved are still there; muttering the old prejudices, their faces etched with resentment. A BBC fringe meeting turned ugly, as the Nats' raw paranoia about the broadcaster spilled out. Elsewhere, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, a walking press … Continue reading SNP’s biggest conference ever poses three big questions

Nicola Sturgeon is not for turning on second referendum

To watch Nicola Sturgeon address the SNP's annual conference is to observe a leader at the height of her political prowess. They leap to their feet for her, drown even the weakest lines in rapturous applause. They are hers, like teenagers in a dreamy crush. She would never, ever break their hearts. Alone among leaders … Continue reading Nicola Sturgeon is not for turning on second referendum

Scottish Greens vote to remove Hamas from terrorist list

The Scottish Greens, perhaps feeling Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was lonely out on his limb, have echoed his support for Hamas. The left-wing party passed a motion at its autumn conference in Glasgow on Saturday backing the removal of the Islamist militants from the list of proscribed terrorist groups. The motion, which runs to more … Continue reading Scottish Greens vote to remove Hamas from terrorist list

Social justice trumps independence in Patrick Harvie speech

The Scottish Greens are in buoyant mood. The party heads into the long campaign for the 2016 Holyrood elections with more than 7000 extra members than this time last year. For those energised by the referendum but unmoved by the SNP's pro-business centrism, the Greens have become the go-to party of radicalism and economic alternatives. … Continue reading Social justice trumps independence in Patrick Harvie speech