Roald Dahl — National treasure, Nazi sympathiser

It's Roald Dahl Day, Britain's annual celebration of one of its most venerated children's authors.  No family bookshelf is complete without a volume or two from the Welsh-born conjuror of juvenile joy and nightmares. Dahl understood the youthful imagination -- its fierce moralism and rage against hypocrisy; the half-wonder, half-terror at these towering masses of … Continue reading Roald Dahl — National treasure, Nazi sympathiser

Anas Sarwar may be a bad socialist but he’s trying to be a good father

Let's not talk about politics this week. At least not the rows and resentments at Holyrood; the ghastly business will still be there a week from now. Let's talk about something more precious, far more difficult to negotiate. Let's talk about love. No politics, however lofty, can match the idealism of love, especially the love … Continue reading Anas Sarwar may be a bad socialist but he’s trying to be a good father

Alex Rowley doesn’t end sentences, he lays them to rest

'As the Fuuurst Minnnnnister would expeccccct, I dispute the figurrrrrres for who cooooommitted to what buhhht the issue is...' It was Alex Rowley's debut at First Minister's Questions. He is standing in as Labour leader while they find their seventh leader in a decade. No wonder they want to ban zero-hours contracts; it's the only … Continue reading Alex Rowley doesn’t end sentences, he lays them to rest

A weary list of recycled pledges… no wonder the Greens love the SNP

Ever had the feeling that you’ve been somewhere before? That notion that what you are seeing or hearing is elusively familiar? Call it deja vu or groundhog day, the effect can be disorienting and so it was yesterday at Holyrood when Nicola Sturgeon unveiled her Programme for Government.  This was the First Minister's keenly-anticipated, game-changing … Continue reading A weary list of recycled pledges… no wonder the Greens love the SNP

Who are the contenders to lead Scottish Labour?

They both went to private school but were drawn to Left-wing politics. Now, Anas Sarwar and Richard Leonard are in a battle for the leadership of Scottish Labour following the shock resignation of Kezia Dugdale. Here, STEPHEN DAISLEY examines what the two pretenders to the throne believe and asks what do they offer their party … Continue reading Who are the contenders to lead Scottish Labour?

SNP foreign forays are about selling independence, not Irn-Bru to Indians

It might have escaped your attention but we appointed a new ambassador to the United States last week.  Fans of the incumbent Sir Kim Darroch needn't fear; he remains in post. By 'we' I mean Scotland. Joni Smith was announced as the Scottish Affairs Counsellor to North America at the same time as Martin McDermott … Continue reading SNP foreign forays are about selling independence, not Irn-Bru to Indians