Antonin Scalia was a giant of the intellectual right

Antonin Scalia, the cheery antithesis of Atticus Finch, was an unlikely radical. The US Supreme Court justice, who died over the weekend aged 79, was a graduate of Harvard Law School who interrupted his academic career with a five-year stint working for Richard Nixon, the squarest of squares, and later Gerald Ford. But a radicalContinue reading “Antonin Scalia was a giant of the intellectual right”

Westminster beware, Scotland won’t get fooled again

“If polls in Scotland don’t change revise the saying ‘you can’t fool all the people all of the time’ as almost all are appearing to be fooled.” So tweeted George Foulkes — Comrade Baron Foulkes of Cumnock, to give him his full socialist honours — over the weekend. Casting the voters as fools is aContinue reading “Westminster beware, Scotland won’t get fooled again”

Can the Scottish Greens make a breakthrough at Holyrood?

Left-of-centre? Care about social justice? Want to see an independent Scotland? It’s obvious who you should vote for in May, right? Well, not as obvious as you might think. The Scottish Greens are hoping to challenge the SNP’s dominance at Holyrood and offer a radical alternative to the centre-hugging timidity of the other parties. OnContinue reading “Can the Scottish Greens make a breakthrough at Holyrood?”

Kezia Dugdale gets bold with risky pre-election tax move

Anyone longing for Kezia Dugdale to take the fight to the SNP just got their wish. Call it a Penny for Fairness. The Scottish Labour leader has pledged to hike Scots’ income tax by one per cent should her party win the Holyrood election in May. (Itself contingent on lightning striking the same flying pigContinue reading “Kezia Dugdale gets bold with risky pre-election tax move”