Corbyn is not the messiah… and the media is not the devil

Like all good messiahs, Jeremy Corbyn is out to save us from ourselves. Refreshingly, his latest sermon avoided damning the Israelites and instead admonished us to beware the sins of fake news and media monopolies. Delivering the Alternative MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival, the other JC preached of his ‘desire to create aContinue reading “Corbyn is not the messiah… and the media is not the devil”

Amazon Tax: A good policy in the bagging area

hi Even on her summer holidays and heavily pregnant, Ruth Davidson is doing a better job of running the country that those nominally in charge. The Scottish Conservative leader last week took on some of the biggest multinationals and posed tough questions about the balance between free markets and fairness. Writing in a newspaper, sheContinue reading “Amazon Tax: A good policy in the bagging area”

Tories are airing dirty laundry on the stairheid for everyone to see

One of the advantages to adopting the stairheid rammy as our national mode of conversation is that we are no longer obliged to listen to one another. Debate can at last flow freely, uninterrupted by the burdensome details of what our opponents actually say and believe. Cool heads are the first casualties of culture war.Continue reading “Tories are airing dirty laundry on the stairheid for everyone to see”

Jeremy Corbyn and decency fatigue

One of the Left’s least attractive features is its boundless capacity for moral self-righteousness. There is a near religious conviction that to be Left-wing is to be good and ethical and therefore everything a Left-winger does must be honourable. This superstition has been one of the biggest contributors to Jeremy Corbyn’s endurance as Labour leader.Continue reading “Jeremy Corbyn and decency fatigue”

The MP who launched an accidental coup

A minority government daily teetering on the brink of collapse. A radical opposition leader poised for power. A political establishment at loggerheads in the wake of a divisive referendum. The atmosphere is febrile. The air carries a whiff of hysteria. No one is quite sure who is running the country or whether the country isContinue reading “The MP who launched an accidental coup”

It’s taboo to say a word against the NHS but it’s failing on mental health

One hour before deadline for this column, I had a panic attack. Panic attacks aren’t sudden bouts of fright, as the name might suggest, but episodes of acute, debilitating anxiety. Your heart palpitates, you struggle to breathe, and you break out in a cold sweat. You feel dizzy, nauseous and your hands and arms areContinue reading “It’s taboo to say a word against the NHS but it’s failing on mental health”

A wake-up call for Scottish Labour

Holyrood may be on summer recess but politics never takes a break. Fresh polling released on Friday had MSPs leaving the latest John le Carré behind on the sun lounger and heading off in search of a WiFi hotspot. Sunshine is one thing but nothing beats the restorative power of political gossip. The research fromContinue reading “A wake-up call for Scottish Labour”

The brave boys of Tham Luang give us hope in a world of despair

Television screens across the world, in every country and every language, are beaming the same images today. They show the rescue of children who have been trapped in a cave in the northernmost tip of Thailand. The twelve boys and their coach from the Wild Boars youth football team went on an outing to ThamContinue reading “The brave boys of Tham Luang give us hope in a world of despair”

Brexit tests that must apply to secure the Union

The SNP hysteria over imaginary power-grabs is galvanising the party faithful. But a bad deal as we leave the EU will allow Nationalists to ramp up the rhetoric – and encourage their fresh attempts to tear Scotland out of the UK, Stephen Daisley writes in the Scottish Daily Mail. ***** Will Britain survive Brexit? NestledContinue reading “Brexit tests that must apply to secure the Union”

It’s time for May to play her joker and reshuffle her troublesome pack

Nothing holds you back in politics quite like the millstone of received opinion. Leaders take soundings, study the polls and apply the lessons of history but they are not captive to them, servants of circumstance praying the Fates will turn benevolent soon. Leaders draw on instinct and principle to change their lot; they make their ownContinue reading “It’s time for May to play her joker and reshuffle her troublesome pack”