Gerald Kaufman: Labour hero, Jewish villain

Gerald Kaufman, who has died aged 86, was instrumental in saving the Labour Party, back when the Labour Party was something that could still be saved.  It was Kaufman who pithily pegged the 1983 manifesto as ‘the longest suicide note in history’. He knew the phrase would hang around the far-left and dog any attempt … Continue reading Gerald Kaufman: Labour hero, Jewish villain

The death of Jo Cox and why kindness must triumph over rancour and anger

Sixty-five million people went into the EU referendum but one of us didn’t come home again.  The murder of Jo Cox should have been the defining moment of 2016 but in a year of infamies, one seemed to blend obscenely into another.  When Ian Gow was murdered by the IRA, a cold dread hung over … Continue reading The death of Jo Cox and why kindness must triumph over rancour and anger

Trump has done what journalists should have done: boycotted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The most dangerous place in Washington DC, the old joke goes, is between a politician and a television camera. It’s a wonder there are any such places left, so intimate have the third and fourth estates become. Periodically, American journalism gets itself into a funk over its proximity to power and the consequences for integrity … Continue reading Trump has done what journalists should have done: boycotted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Sturgeon dodged a banana skin flung down by NatBot 58

When the presiding officer called on John Mason, two dozen notebooks flipped open in the press gallery. The Nationalist MSP is an odd wee polecat -- you sometimes wonder if he joined the SNP for a bet -- but he makes cracking copy. Like when he wanted creationism taught in schools or the time he … Continue reading Sturgeon dodged a banana skin flung down by NatBot 58

Flip-flops, U-turns and proof SNP can’t be trusted on taxation

They say one man alone can’t change things. Tell that to Alex Salmond: He just upended the tax policy of a government which he (in theory) no longer leads. Over the weekend Mr Salmond broke ranks and joined the chorus of condemnation over the SNP’s inaction on business rates. Entrepreneurs, especially those in the tourism … Continue reading Flip-flops, U-turns and proof SNP can’t be trusted on taxation