BY EFFIE DEANS The problem with Scottish Conservatism is structural rather than personal. Ruth Davidson is better suited to leadership than either Douglas Ross or Jackson Carlaw. But this is because she is a first rate politician. It is not because her ideas are any different from theirs. They all more or less agree about everything and the everything they agree upon is mistaken. That … Continue reading End Conservative Declinism
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
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
BY JAMES MELVILLE “When facts change, I change my mind.”~ John Maynard Keynes Where is the bipartisanship, respectfulness, balance and empathy in our political discourse? We are moving apart rather than walking towards each other. Increasingly, it seems that on almost every political issue, binary choices of division are being made. This is increasing the levels of division and hatred. Instead, we need to find … Continue reading More Bipartisanship, Less Tribalism
BY PHIL DEEKS Two-hundred-and-fifteen years ago, Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson sailed his fleet headlong towards the enemy, casting caution and centuries of naval convention to the wind. Leading from the front, his flagship, HMS Victory, bore the brunt of French and Spanish fire. British gunners unable to launch their broadsides until they were dense among the hostile cannon. Nelson knew his men and ships … Continue reading Nelson, Hero
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN It was Socrates who declared that “intelligent individuals learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences. The stupid already have all the answers.” In fact this quote is at best a paraphrasing or a one-legged translation. Far more pertinent – for those of us opting to live real-world, outside-the-bubble existences – is the fact that wolves are more intelligent than … Continue reading More Beers, Less Tears
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Hello, I am Truth. I have come here today to shatter a few lies for you. Sorry to interrupt your shouting. Isn’t it funny how liars love to shout. As if an increase in volume will drown me out or somehow metamorphose falsehood into truth. Please, Mr Lammy! Pipe down just for a minute, sir, so I can make myself heard… Margaret … Continue reading In the Name of Truth
BY PAUL NEWALL I don’t usually approve of celebs getting involved in politics. Their Rockstar lifestyles are usually incompatible with those of the general public, but they do have an effect on their fans. When politicised stars like Saint Bono or Lilly Allen preach to the crowd they manage to successfully pass on their globalist message to a throng of devotees. The last few months … Continue reading Celebs in Politics?
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Laurence Fox’s abandoning of Sainsbury’s for taking part in Black History Month seems a tad OTT and authoritarian. It reminds me of an American ex who – she identified as a progressive – would spend her days fearfully avoiding various brands and stores, warning those around her of the perils of all kinds of goods and services. That’s the wrong path to … Continue reading But I Like Sainsbury’s
BY ALEXIA JAMES The population of the US is 328.2 million. That’s almost five times the UK population. So how come they end up with a presidential race between the venal Donald Trump and the senile pervert Joe Biden? Sniffing Joe is not all there. He makes Ronald Reagan’s latter Alzheimer’s years look coherent: Biden’s a sex pest? Don’t believe me? Watch this: As for … Continue reading America’s Dispiriting Dilemma
BY EFFIE DEANS Sir Keir Starmer wants voters to believe that Labour has rediscovered its patriotism and that it loves Britain as much as everyone else. He wants us to believe that Labour is different now than it was when it was led by Jeremy Corbyn. It is clear that Starmer is a much better leader than Corbyn. He is a more moderate leader and … Continue reading New Leadership, Same Fossils
BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE One cannot browse Tory Twitter without noticing a disturbing lack of diversity among its younger members. Predictably, a great deal of them are of the now proscribed ‘male and pale’ variety. Less predictable, though, is how many happen to be avowed homosexuals. This would be unusual for any party, let alone an allegedly conservative one. Strange then that no one has cared … Continue reading Why Are So Many Conservatives Gay?
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN It is difficult to forget the face of Guy Goma who became a celebrity after he was mistaken for an internet expert and interviewed on BBC News. The unemployed computer technician had been at the BBC for a job interview and got more than he bargained for. A graduate from the Congo, Goma gained worldwide attention after a mix-up saw him interviewed … Continue reading Tory Guy
BY CLLR CAROLYN WEBSTER Many politicians enter the political fray because of a desire to serve their community. Often personal experience will drive one to want to change systems and processes which don’t work. Whether it is having experienced domestic abuse, or serving in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces or even seeing your parent’s business collapse because of external economics, most politicians have their own back … Continue reading Labour’s Failure on Autism
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN In 1972 in Venezuela a meteorite killed a cow, but no one knew about it for years because the farmer ate the cow and then used the meteorite as a doorstop. It is curious how some people are drawn towards publicity and others, for whatever reason, shy away from it. It can be the same within the ebb and flow of British … Continue reading Red Underground