How bounders, chancers and charlatans took over politics

They can’t hide it anymore. The contempt in which the political class holds the rest of us has erupted from the confines of the bubble and oozed its way across the entire body politic. The worst politicians no longer pretend they respect us or seek our approval. Ego is all and the best interests of … Continue reading How bounders, chancers and charlatans took over politics

Tax talk sends the Sturgeometer into overdrive

The Sturgeometer, the most reliable scale of outrage in Scottish politics, was pealing full pitch.  A growing part of the First Minister's job involves condemning things that are already deplored and don't require her opprobrium but which she must be seen to be against all the same. So she summons all her lamentations and informs … Continue reading Tax talk sends the Sturgeometer into overdrive

America’s unheeded prophet

Catholic, conservative, controversial — US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas seldom speaks but when he does journalists’ notebooks flip open.  Recently he gave a rare interview in the course of which he diagnosed the malaise afflicting America. He asked: 'What binds us? What do we all have in common anymore? I think we have to think about that. When … Continue reading America’s unheeded prophet

If the fight to lead Labour took place in my garden – I’d draw the curtains

Amid the weary laments that politics in the age of Trump and Brexit has become too interesting, it is reassuring to know that torpor still has a place. Scottish Labour is doing its all to prove it with a seemingly interminable leadership contest of studied banality. Following unexpected gains in the General Election and a … Continue reading If the fight to lead Labour took place in my garden – I’d draw the curtains

Whenever politicians call for consensus, hide your cash

Whenever a politician calls for consensus, hide your wallet. Nothing good ever comes of the words 'cross-party cooperation'. Working together is the surest sign they're up to no good because, for all their grudges and enmities, the one thing they agree on is that more of your money should be in their hands. Nicola Sturgeon … Continue reading Whenever politicians call for consensus, hide your cash