Epitaph for Labour

BY MARK HOOK Three generations of my family voted for you. Without thinking. That was the thing to do. In our area in the North East there was only coal. That meant we voted red for working people. When Blair came to power he called himself a socialist, but we didn’t really know what that meant, just that Labour looked out for the little guy … Continue reading Epitaph for Labour

Left Wing Football

BY KEER LONSDALE Keer Lonsdale predicts what will happen if the logic of the Left is ever applied to football: Looking back, it was Leicester winning the league that started it. Everybody loved that, the little guy beating the big guys, the privileged elite taken to the cleaners, the footballing world turned upside down. What a story it was. Within a couple of decades even … Continue reading Left Wing Football

Scotland’s Covid Disaster

BY EFFIE DEANS There are four European countries with populations of about five million: Denmark     5,799,640    757 Covid deaths Finland        5,545,596    369 Covid deaths Slovakia      5,462,617    510 Covid deaths Norway       5,436,637    294 Covid deaths Scotland      5,454,000   3280 Covid deaths Scotland is not listed as a European country, because it is not an independent sovereign nation state, but rather a region of the United Kingdom that happens to be called a country for historical reasons. However, … Continue reading Scotland’s Covid Disaster

8 Months of Blunders

BY JAMES MELVILLE Ever since the start of the Coronavirus crisis, the UK government has lurched from one shambolic mistake to another. Their entire approach appears to be based on hindsight rather than foresight.  They wilfully attempted to ramp up fear levels by using doomsday scenario charts and applied flawed methodology to create a fanciful worst-case scenario that was presented as a real possibility – … Continue reading 8 Months of Blunders

Chasing the Light

BY ANDREW MOODY Academy Award winning filmmaker and Vietnam veteran Oliver Stone has divided audiences for decades. His obsession with liberal politics and war guilt over America’s participation in what he claims are illegal wars make him one of the most contentious major filmmakers in Hollywood. His recent memoir Chasing the Light: How I Fought My Way into Hollywood is essential reading for fans of … Continue reading Chasing the Light

The Coming Storm

BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ Sad and worrying stats were released by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) recently. Research shows 64% of Scottish gamekeepers receive abuse from members of the public at least once a year. And another 79% are concerned about their future.  Put into context, that’s 64% of Scottish gamekeepers getting grief for going about their lawful business putting … Continue reading The Coming Storm

Cigar for the Capitalist Vaccine

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN While those two Americans in their seventies take an impressively long time to maintain an election, risibly both are taking credit for the new Covid vaccine manufactured by Pfizer (ironically a firm best known for producing the world-renowned recreational drug Viagra). Just remember that – whatever you are told or blocked from seeing on Twitter – these politicians were nowt to do … Continue reading Cigar for the Capitalist Vaccine

Woman

BY JAMIE FOSTER The Queen lead guitarist Brian May has taken a bit of grief on the pages of this magazine. However, in the interests of fairness and gentlemanliness, today Brian could do with our help. And’s it the right thing to do to help him. The legendary guitarist and songwriter told talkRADIO the BBC is refusing to play any charity record except the BBC’s … Continue reading Woman

Steamed Cranberry Roly-Poly

Ingredients: 175g fresh cranberries (or frozen, thawed) 1 tbsp icing sugar 2 tbsp cranberry sauce or jelly 300g self-raising flour , plus extra for dusting 140g dried suet 85g caster sugar finely grated zest 1 orange 175-200ml milk custard , to serve Instructions:  To make the filling, warm the cranberries and icing sugar together in a saucepan until the fruits begin to soften. Increase the … Continue reading Steamed Cranberry Roly-Poly

Brits and Political Betting

Political betting might seem like a novelty, but it actually has a long history dating back to 18th-century Britain. Back then, it was a way to make the election process more inclusive for the people and their communities. Now, it is part of the sports betting category, which has experienced tremendous growth due to technological developments, while also being a leisure activity and possibly a … Continue reading Brits and Political Betting