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The ‘Wilson Defence’ of collusion with Murdoch shames him

Political Parties, Scottish Policy, UK Policy May 02, 2012 Add a comment

The idea that collusion with News International was entirely acceptable right up until the Milly Dowler phone hacking scandal is perhaps the weakest piece of self-justification in recent political memory

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It’s not young people that are the problem, its us

Scottish Policy May 02, 2012 Add a comment

Politics – an society – has got into an awful habit of ranking people according to their functional usefulness. And unfortunately young people aren’t all that functional useful, so we tend to see then in terms of problem. This can’t be how we relate to our own citizens.

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Secured, but as in ‘tied down’ and not as in ‘kept safe’

UK Policy, World Policy May 01, 2012 Add a comment

The Hague argument about the need to maintain British influence on international security issues doesn’t really stand up to the ‘six-year-old’ test. But then, six-year-0lds are much less gullible than us adults.

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Please, send us a signal that we don’t need to be on the Rich List to matter

Uncategorized Apr 30, 2012 Add a comment

As interest in local democracy falters while the position of the powerful in society becomes more powerful again, all set against a backdrop of powerful and influential millionaires, the rest of us need a signal from Scotland’s politicians that we still matter.

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This infection of money is killing everything

Left Strategy, Political Parties, Scottish Policy, UK Policy Apr 26, 2012 Add a comment

The First Minister thinks he has a responsibility to corporate profit that extends beyond his responsibility to the Scottish people? If we don’t remove this infection of money from Scottish politics we will have no democracy left.

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Time to stop believing this military Smack Game

UK Policy, World Policy Apr 24, 2012 1 Comment

The defence and security establishment functions exactly like one of the oldest confidence tricks. But to make the game work we have to believe that Only They can save us from All Of Them out to get us. If only that submarine had crashed somewhere a bit more private.

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We’re all nationalists now – but what nation?

Scottish Policy, UK Policy Apr 23, 2012 Add a comment

We’re all nationalists now – such seems the evidence of a new poll on national identity. It seems that ‘Britain’ as an identity is in rapid decline in comparison to Englishness, Welshness and Scottishness. So what could Britain mean if it survives?

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PFI – are we really powerless in the face of this scandal?

Scottish Policy Apr 20, 2012 6 Comments

It is time the Scottish public sector considered a much more robust and comprehensive challenge to the PFI landscape, putting real effort into finding legal ways to rip up unjustified contracts. Claiming we can’t do anything about it is not a good enough response.

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Economic recovery: either have a servant – or be a servant

Media, Scottish Policy Apr 19, 2012 Add a comment

That business leaders and right-wing economists are celebrating a minuscule shift in deeply flawed economic statistics without considering what lies beneath the statistics is just a continuation of what got us here. Meanwhile, the rest of us are supposed to celebrate getting a job as a housemaid.

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Loyalty never seems to get in the way of the voracious right

Left Strategy, Political Parties, Scottish Policy Apr 17, 2012 4 Comments

If the right of the SNP is allowed to simply disregard Party discipline and kidnap the agenda in an attempt to create a New SNP, then New SNP will pay a price. It is the left of the party which has shown loyalty and discipline that needs to stop this – by speaking out now.

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