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Welfare state of mind

Scottish Policy, UK Policy Jun 14, 2013 Add a comment

My Scotsman article – Political leaders and their parties have to be told to stop parroting what the plutocrats want them to say and start doing what the people who elected them told them to

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Iain Banks: the left loses a great supporter

Uncategorized Jun 10, 2013 1 Comment

RIP Iain Banks, a true supporter of the Scottish left

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Economy plan chained by convention

Scottish Policy, UK Policy May 27, 2013 Add a comment

Belatedly – my piece in The Scotsman the Scottish Government economic paper: The SNP’s plan, while recognising some of what not to do, seems to include repeating the mistakes that caused the economic crisis in the first place

Farage debacle a chill wind for Scottish politics

Scottish Policy, UK Policy May 20, 2013 1 Comment

The response to a protest against an anti-immigration, xenophobic political party has been as hard to believe as it has been distorted. The impact on Scottish politics is alarming.

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What next for ‘Common Weal’?

Left Strategy, Scottish Policy May 06, 2013 5 Comments

It has been a promising start to a project to outline the details of a better Scotland. But now it is for others to shape the path forward.

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The difference between disclosure and transparency

Scottish Policy, UK Policy Apr 17, 2013 1 Comment

Disclosure is telling facts; transparency is telling facts with the expectation that you will be held to account. Why does Better Together not seem to know the difference?

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Thatcher failed

Political Parties, UK Policy Apr 09, 2013 Add a comment

Article for Scotsman on Thatcher’s legacy – she succeeded politically and culturally but structurally she failed Britain completely.

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Real Freedom Sounds Like Many Voices

Media Mar 19, 2013 Add a comment

The press regulation debate is pitiful and we deserve – and can have – better. My article from Bella Caledonia

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Media hypocrisy shames our newspapers

Media Mar 17, 2013 4 Comments

The media’s reporting of the politic of press regulation shames it. It demonstrates a hypocrisy and abuse of power it would not tolerate in others. With each new editorial it’s credibility and reputation slip further.

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Inquiries and the deformed state

Scottish Policy, UK Policy Mar 05, 2013 Add a comment

The British State’s attitude to inquiries is like the Hapsburg’s attitude to marriage – who cares if the outcome is deformity and an inability to function properly. So long as we don’t let outsiders meddle in our affairs we’ll still be Kings of the World., even if we can’t see and our fragile skeleton will no longer sustain our weight.

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