Whose Side Are You On – Trump or Maduro? Darkness or Democracy?

  Politics is about taking sides. Those who seek to sit on fences in the midst of important political struggles and events end up with nothing more than cowardly reputations and very sore arses. In respect of the current Trump inspired and organised attempted coup de’etat in Venezuela it is...

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Counting with the Scottish media

Counting with the Scottish media

What does two plus two make? Let’s all do it together, shall we? One! Two! Three! Er, three again! Kudos to the Scottish Sun for getting there in the end, though. Stick with Wings, lads, we’ll keep you right.

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Railways should be run in the public interest

Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities TwitterFacebookWebsite “The government believes, fundamentally, we have got to have an efficient public rail network that meets the needs of individuals within Scotland, that acts in the public interest, that delivers the services that members of the public are looking for.”...

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BBC Question Time’s definition of balance

BBC Question Time’s definition of balance

I wasn’t planning to write a blog piece today, because Friday is the day that the Dugcast is released, but the farce that is BBC Question Time cannot pass unremarked. The programme is, frankly, a disgrace.

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Wee Ginger Dugcast with Anne McLaughlin

Wee Ginger Dugcast with Anne McLaughlin

In this edition of the Dugcast, Callum Baird, the Dug, and I are joined by Anne McLaughlin, the former MP for Glasgow North East. This week we chat about Brexit, Angus Robertson’s new initiative Progress Scotland, and of course that episode of BBC Question Time.

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Time To Convert Those 80-Minute Nats

Time To Convert Those 80-Minute Nats

Best scoop I bagged when working as a reporter in the old STV studios at Cowcaddens came from cajoling Jim Sillars into doing a camera interview in the aftermath of the 1992 General Election. Completely scunnered by the loss of his Glasgow Govan seat, the former SNP deputy leader got...

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Auntie’s Favourite

Auntie’s Favourite

Last night we observed the considerable statistical difficulty involved in getting to speak on the BBC’s flagship political debate show Question Time not just once, or even twice, but THREE times, and the remarkable ease with which shouty sectarian bigot Billy Mitchell has achieved it. But readers, we’re afraid we...

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Colin Fox: Brexit, Independence & the case for Socialism

It’s been said that ‘Brexit’ is the biggest crisis the British ruling class has faced since Suez. Ironically, that was also about the diminishing of Britain’s power in the world. Britain, the former colonial superpower in the Middle East – which had liberated North Africa from the Nazis in 1956...

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Labour-led council criticised for music tuition cuts

Labour-led council criticised for music tuition cuts

The controversial proposal follows an inquiry into fees charged for the service across Scotland, leading Holyrood’s Education Committee to recommend it should be free and children are losing out due to the costs involved. Last year, 25 of Scotland’s 32 councils introduced fees of up to £524. However, a Labour...

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MSP swamped by Facebook ads for product discussed in phone call

MSP swamped by Facebook ads for product discussed in phone call

She wrote: “Today Stuart and me had a brief and rather boring domestic exchange in the kitchen about how the kettle was knackered and we needed a new one. “I said we should invest in a decent one, he said it didn’t matter how much you spent, they wore out...

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We see you

We see you

This tweet, from a little over a year ago, remarks on the second consecutive speaking appearance on the BBC’s flagship Question Time of Billy Mitchell, a flute-band Loyalist and former UKIP candidate whose standard contribution to the national debate is an incoherent shouted rant against the SNP and all they...

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