After moving to Edinburgh, I now know what’s wrong with our best cities

Moving house is one of the most stressful experiences you can go through. In my case, it's also one of the most confusing. As a west coast boy, I've just upped sticks and resettled my Glasgow life in Edinburgh, that most unGlasgow of cities. I moved to be nearer Holyrood. I write about politics for … Continue reading After moving to Edinburgh, I now know what’s wrong with our best cities

Labour has abandoned workers. Trade unions must avoid doing the same

I’m not a member of a trade union but I should be. As a freelance journalist, my employment situation is precarious — yet it still wouldn’t occur to me to join the National Union of Journalists. My reasons are both personal and political, but mostly practical: the NUJ talks tough but, in the end, seldom … Continue reading Labour has abandoned workers. Trade unions must avoid doing the same

Bile, anger, and the growing divisiveness of a nation’s politics

'You know, this used to be a hell of a good country,' Jack Nicholson pondered in Easy Rider. 'I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it.' These words crept into my mind last week and no matter what I did to shut them out, they found a way back in. Anas Sarwar revealed that he … Continue reading Bile, anger, and the growing divisiveness of a nation’s politics

All politics is local (except maybe in Scotland)

'All politics is local’ ran the maxim of legendary American politico Tip O’Neill, a deal-making Democrat of the old school. O’Neill worked his way up from the back room of the party machine to become Speaker of the House of Representatives and the wily nemesis of Ronald Reagan. In the middle of the 1982 recession, … Continue reading All politics is local (except maybe in Scotland)

Pepsi’s advert gives protesters exactly what they want: another opportunity to protest

No sooner had Pepsi skooshed open its latest ad campaign than the internet burped it back up.   The soft drink giant's new commercial featured Kendall Jenner (ask a young person) emerging from a crowd of protestors to offer a Pepsi to an officer on a police line. The two-and-a-half-minute promo was sugarier than the … Continue reading Pepsi’s advert gives protesters exactly what they want: another opportunity to protest