Scottish self-pity proves Sandi Thom has flowers in her head

Sandi Thom is quitting the music industry. It's a bit like me announcing the end of my edible thong modelling career. The ersatz hippie chick had precisely one hit nine years ago and, save for being caught up in an expenses row over Scottish Government sponsored events in 2009, hasn't done much else of note. … Continue reading Scottish self-pity proves Sandi Thom has flowers in her head

Scotland Bill fulfils The Vow but not promises of home rule

Substantial new powers are coming to Scotland. This fact no Nationalist demagogue can inveigh away. The Scotland Bill, approved by the Commons on Monday night, means Holyrood's permanence will be enshrined in the constitution and MSPs will get the power to set income tax rates and bands, as well as significant welfare powers and control … Continue reading Scotland Bill fulfils The Vow but not promises of home rule

Kezia Dugdale finds her voice in powerful speech

Kezia Dugdale has the best job and the worst job in Scotland. She is the leader of the Scottish Labour Party, a torment even Torquemada would have backed away from. Dugdale's thirties will be spent performing CPR on a party that will likely slip into a coma anyway. In return, she gets a nice mention … Continue reading Kezia Dugdale finds her voice in powerful speech

#ScotLab15 conference diary: Welcome to the new old Labour Party

Scottish Labour gathered in Perth this weekend for a conference of firsts. It was the first since Kezia Dugdale succeeded Jim Murphy (all the feels) as leader. It was also Jeremy Corbyn's first as Comrade Number One of the UK party and he seemed to enjoy it, regaling delegates with tales of socialist sunshine and … Continue reading #ScotLab15 conference diary: Welcome to the new old Labour Party