Month: September 2014

Doubts and dithering in a dangerous world

Democracy in action. Today, Friday 26th September, ‘Mother of all Parliaments’ will be taking a momentous vote. It is not the subject of the vote–to bomb ISIS in Iraq or not–that is momentous, rather it is the fact that a…

The coming English revolution

Aux barricades, citoyens During a Sunday morning politics show on the BBC (Andrew Marr), the front-man of the successful ‘better together ‘campaign—Alistair Darling, a former Labour party big hitter—agreed with Marr’s statement that there is a quiet uprising against politics…

Scotland has said no

As I predicted on 24/11/2013, the people of Scotland have voted to remain in the Union. 97% of those people eligible to vote in the referendum, registered to vote. Of those registered voters, 84.6% turned out to exercise their democratic…

Voting with tears in their eyes

Hearts and minds in conflict. With one day of campaigning left in the Scottish referendum, the polls, pollsters and commentators are saying that the result is too close to call. I think they may be wrong but I’ll come to…

There may be trouble ahead

May be trouble? In no particular order, we have the forth-coming referendum on Scottish independence, major constitutional changes in the UK whichever way the Scots vote, further EU sanctions against Russia, Obama and friends—if he has any left—about to bomb…

Och aye the (maybe) noo

Some people are annoyed. Some of those people will be Scots who read the title of this piece. Me too. I’m as mad as hell and I won’t have to take it much longer. Those resident in Scotland will have…

Why We should thank Putin

Nato: In case you’d forgotten, Nato stands for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. It was an exclusive club dreamed up by a group of friends–well, more or less friends–who’d stood together (most of the time) during the Second World War. Alarmed at the expansionist nature of Stalin’s…