Michael Gove doesn't have the look of a cat-strangler. You could leave your miniature dachshund in the care of the Environment Secretary and, at worst, it might find itself embroiled in a hapless Tory leadership plot. There are, however, a great many people out there -- perhaps millions -- who think Mr Gove would gladly … Continue reading Why fake news is not about Michael Gove being beastly to a bichon frise
As Kezia Dugdale was put through her paces on I'm a Celebrity, her successor Richard Leonard, salt-of-the-earth Yorkshireman, was making his debut at First Minister's Questions. Miss Dugdale found herself crawling through a tunnel of fish guts deep in the Australian jungle. Fish guts? Luxury! Richard Leonard could only dream of having a tunnel of fish … Continue reading Nicola nipped by Yorkshire terrier’s bite
When is a £2billion windfall a cause for righteous indignation? When you’re the SNP and eternally overdrawn from the bank of disgruntlement. Philip Hammond unveiled the additional money to cheers from the Tory benches during yesterday’s Budget. Three hundred miles northwards, Derek Mackay seethed. The Scottish Government Finance Secretary greeted the boost to his coffers … Continue reading A £2billion windfall but the SNP is still overdrawn at the bank of grievance
Politician of the Year is a concept to be viewed with the utmost suspicion. It's like Top Ten Estate Agents or World's Greatest Traffic Warden. Surely giving them an award only encourages them. Ruth Davidson has picked up the gong for the second year in a row, a reflection of the remarkable gains made by … Continue reading Ruth is headed for the top. Lazy Tory passengers should alight immediately.
Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel Ian Black Allen Lane, pp.606 If books about the Israeli-Arab conflict were building blocks, the Palestinians would have their own state already and then some. Most volumes bring little that is fresh or challenging, so selectivity is key. Daniel Gordis and Benny Morris are essential, … Continue reading Walking the Green Line
Oh Jeremy Corbyn, your takeover of Labour is all but complete. Left-winger Richard Leonard has triumphed in the Scottish Labour leadership, defeating moderate rival Anas Sarwar. The Yorkshireman and former GMB official becomes the party’s sixth leader in ten years and takes over from Kezia Dugdale, who abruptly quit the post in August for the … Continue reading Oh Richard Leonard
To Holyrood for First Minister’s Questions, where there is a distinct lack of a First Minister. In her place sits John Swinney. Zimbabweans have ousted Robert Mugabe after a long, colourful tyranny. Could a military coup have claimed our own snazzily-dressed megalomaniac? Nicola Sturgeon would be blissfully unaware if there were tanks in the streets … Continue reading Holyrood sketch: No more Mr Nice Guy… The return of Angry John