Trying to kill us but not with kindness

Trying to kill us but not with kindness

It’s been obvious for a good while now that the Labour Branch Office in Scotland is composed of an angry and embittered bunch of British nationalists who are united by only three things: their utter inability to comprehend that their British nationalism is in fact nationalism, their unshakeable conviction that...

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Trying kill us but not with kindness

Trying kill us but not with kindness

It’s been obvious for a good while now that the Labour Branch Office in Scotland is composed of an angry and embittered bunch of British nationalists who are united by only three things: their utter inability to comprehend that their British nationalism is in fact nationalism, their unshakeable conviction that...

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Rape Crisis Scotland questions validity of Scottish Tory ‘sexual harrassment’ verdict on its own MSP

Rape Crisis Scotland questions validity of Scottish Tory ‘sexual harrassment’ verdict on its own MSP

A women’s rights campaign group has questioned the validity of an ‘innocent’ verdict reached by the Scottish Conservatives after sexual harrassment complaints were made against one of its own MSPs. Rape Crisis Scotland issued its statement after news emerged that Ruth Davidson’s party had cleared one of its MSPs after...

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Safer streets a step nearer as Ruskell publishes member’s bill

It's clear that a lower limit will mean safer streets, and I'm delighted that my bill enjoys widespread public support, the backing of safety groups, health experts, local authority chiefs and campaigners such as Mark Beaumont. Mark Ruskell MSP Safer streets are a step nearer after Scottish Green MSP Mark...

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Time for the stars to shine

Time for the stars to shine

Oh dear gods. Oh all the deities that anyone has ever worshipped. Oh anthropomorphised personification of an impersonal and uncaring universe. I’m fed up. I’m fed up with the wibbling wankwits dribbling drivel and calling it wisdom. I’m fed up with the mendacious mouth-breathers. I’m fed up with the self-serving...

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We Need to do More than Talk about Mental Health

We Need to do More than Talk about Mental Health

Mental health is a political issue – ignoring this fact will prevent real progress. When Ruth Davidson spoke out on her experience of depression and self-harm earlier this week, I, like many others, reflected on the best ways to raise awareness on the prevalence of mental ill-health and, importantly, how...

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Universal Credit, EU Migrants and Anti-Roma Racism

Universal Credit, EU Migrants and Anti-Roma Racism

Back in 2016, I wrote this article for Bella Caledonia. David Cameron had just been defeated in the Brexit referendum and among other consequences this has resulted in a humiliating climb down on some very racist benefit reforms. Cameron had wanted to ban EU migrants from claiming Jobseekers Allowance and...

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Where’s Richey?

Where’s Richey?

We’ve been watching the Labour Party annual conference today, at which North British Branch Office manager Richard Leonard apparently gave a speech. Unfortunately the BBC News coverage wasn’t very helpful with its captioning, so we have no idea which of the people below is him. Can anyone help?

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Labour more shameless than the Tories on Brexit

Just when you thought the UK Government’s shambolic Brexit negotiations couldn’t get any worse, we had the embarrassing spectacle of the EU summit in Salzburg. Theresa May had to be told, once again, that her universally panned Chequers plan was dead in the water. We now have six months to...

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Labours Lost Leader

Labours Lost Leader

Labour is simultaneously coming together and falling apart. On the one hand Owen Jones writes: “A key theme coming out of Labour conference is: Socialism in 2018 means extending democracy to very part of society” – on the other Richard Leonard announces that Labour will oppose a second referendum on...

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Corbyn says he will respect Labour members on ‘people’s vote’

Corbyn says he will respect Labour members on ‘people’s vote’

He said his party was ready to “put our case to Parliament” for an early poll, in comments likely to fuel speculation Labour will table a vote of no confidence in Theresa May if talks with Brussels fail. Corbyn was speaking as a poll found 86% of Labour members think...

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Leading Tories dismiss rumour of an autumn snap General Election

Leading Tories dismiss rumour of an autumn snap General Election

“It’s not going to happen,” he said yesterday. He insisted the Government would keep negotiating with the EU on the basis of Chequers. “This is a bump in the road. We will hold our nerve, we will keep our cool and we will keep negotiating in good faith. I think...

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FM warns Leonard ruling out indyref2 will leave Scottish Labour ‘alienated’

FM warns Leonard ruling out indyref2 will leave Scottish Labour ‘alienated’

“Scottish Labour’s determination to remain alienated from swathes of its previous support as it attempts to out Tory the Tories on #Indy shows no sign of abating. Which can only be good news for @theSNP,” the First Minister tweeted. Leonard made the policy announcement three days after UK Labour leader...

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Why we need to give Westminster the option to refuse permission for a second independence referendum.

Why we need to give Westminster the option to refuse permission for a second independence referendum.

Over the past few months, Forward as One has been working on pushing the Scottish Parliament towards a section 30 order. This process has revealed several matters of concern, namely the lack of information and the misconceptions surrounding what a Section 30 order is and what asking for one actually...

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