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The BBC and the definition of ‘political’

Media, Scottish Policy, UK Policy Feb 05, 2012 Add a comment

Salmond’s views on rugby opens up a difficult question for balanced discussion of Scotland’s future

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Sea bass and manufactured normality

Media, Political Parties, UK Policy Feb 04, 2012 Add a comment

David Cameron is in Morrisons picking up his messages? You’d think he was trying to differentiate himself from rich bankers or something…

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The Windsors – political activists

UK Policy, World Policy Feb 03, 2012 Add a comment

Surely the week’s news should dispell any suggestion that the Royal Family is just a bit of harmless fun

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Entirely neutral government statistics? Really? Where?

Political Parties, Scottish Policy, UK Policy Feb 03, 2012 Add a comment

In today’s Scotsman academic Arthur Midwinter claims that the Scottish Government is not being honest about statistics. This would not make them an isolate case…

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This is real progress in the reform of universities

Scottish Policy Feb 02, 2012 Add a comment

Rector-elect of Edinburgh University looks at the proposals for reform of the governance of universities and finds a promising start.

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Parliamentary democracy and the art of the expected

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

Sometimes it really is a bit galling to hear Westminster politicians criticising the level of scrutiny at Holyrood – and today is one of those days…

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Why amn’t I cheering about the lynching of Goodwin?

Scottish Policy, UK Policy Feb 01, 2012 1 Comment

People on the left might be expected to be first in line to celebrate the removal of Fred Goodwin’s knighthood – but we know a distraction when we see one…

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Can’t see the poverty for the knighthoods

Political Parties, Scottish Policy Jan 31, 2012 Add a comment

Not only is Knighthood-gate a distraction from the rest of the annual bonus round, can it be a coincidence it comes as the Welfare Bill makes the commons?

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