Bomber Baillie goes Full Metal Jackie

First Minister’s Questions is no place for alarmism. Nicola Sturgeon made that clear when she warned Jackson Carlaw against ‘inadvertently undermin[ing] public confidence’ in the flu jab. On what tenuous basis was the interim Tory leader engaging in such wanton scaremongering? Other than the fact that 61 per cent of over-65s haven’t received the vaccine … Continue reading Bomber Baillie goes Full Metal Jackie

Brexit Britain makes Israel’s hectic politics look strong and stable

Nothing humiliates quite like the sympathy of foreigners. When you are overseas in times of acute national anguish, even the slenderest shard of sympathy can pierce the heart. It is far preferable that your hosts be blunt. Candour stings but pity burns. I spent last week in Israel, land of unwieldy coalitions and unstable governments. … Continue reading Brexit Britain makes Israel’s hectic politics look strong and stable

Che Guevara of Charlotte Square joins the class war

Primly accoutred in a royal blue Thatcher suit, the First Minister was somewhat overdressed for the class war. The Che Guevara of Charlotte Square had stormed the ramparts of Holyrood to decry Philip Hammond’s Budget sop to the filthy rich. The capitalist lickspittle had raised the higher income tax threshold to £50,000, feathering the nests … Continue reading Che Guevara of Charlotte Square joins the class war

Why you shouldn’t shout at Michelle Ballantyne

Michelle Ballantyne is a terrible person. She is cruel and without feeling. Don’t take my word for it. Everyone is saying so — or all the people who hold all the correct opinions, anyway.   The Scottish Conservative welfare spokeswoman led for her party in a Holyrood debate last Wednesday on ‘ending austerity, poverty and … Continue reading Why you shouldn’t shout at Michelle Ballantyne

Jackson Carlaw causes unseemly outbreak of civility at FMQs

Ruddy-cheeked and hale-bodied, crowned by modest locks of greying gold, the Scottish Conservative leader cut a less dynamic than usual figure at First Minister’s Questions. This pregnancy is really taking its toll on Ruth Davidson, I thought to myself, before squinting and realising it was Jackson Carlaw. Davidson is off having a Tory tot and … Continue reading Jackson Carlaw causes unseemly outbreak of civility at FMQs

Sorry Nicola, but your hypocrisy over Brexit is breathtaking

'Let me say this loudly and clearly,’ Nicola Sturgeon intoned. ‘If the issue comes before the House of Commons, SNP MPs will support a People’s Vote which includes the option to remain in the EU.’ The SNP leader was addressing the People’s Vote march in London and she had to speak loudly and clearly because … Continue reading Sorry Nicola, but your hypocrisy over Brexit is breathtaking