The Charge of the Blairite Brigade

Supporting neo-con military attacks in the Middle East is one of two prime articles of faith of a Blairite. The second is not considering the massive increase in the wealth gap between rich and poor to be a problem. Both tenets of faith face a fundamental challenge from the beliefs …read more

Important Stories


I didn’t want you cosy and neat and limited
I didn’t want you to be understood
I wanted you to stay mad and limitless
Neither bound to me nor bound to anyone else’s or your own preconceived idea of yourself..
(Margaret Tait, ‘To anyone at all’)

‘Historical analogy is the last refuge of people who …read more

The go-to guy

For reasons which defy all known science, John McTernan remains the first number on the BBC’s speed-dial list when they need a commentator to represent Labour views. It’s a remarkable editorial decision, given that McTernan despises the party’s current leadership almost beyond words, and it doesn’t seem too fond of …read more

A Carrying Stream

Photo by Chris Scott

Last year Colin Waters wrote: “Throw a stone in Edinburgh or Glasgow today and you’ll hit a poet. The Scottish spoken word scene has exploded, reaching a level of popularity last seen in the late 1970s, another era, coincidentally, when the issue of Scottish self-determination was in the air. …read more

Obama’s War on Truth

The four USAF military drone operators who recently blew the whistle and exposed the callousness and complete lack of concern for civilian casualties of the US drone assassination programme, (and received very little mainstream media exposure), yesterday found their bank accounts and credit cards all blocked by the US …read more

Challenging Patrick


As the polls close on the Scottish Greens co-convener elections, William Mohieddeen (@Mocko500) argues that Patrick Harvie’s leadership of the Scottish Greens must now come under scrutiny.

The Scottish Greens now come away from a keenly contested female co-convenership election ready to enter the Holyrood election campaign. The debate between Maggie …read more

People Like You

For all the desperate media spin at Osborne’s half-baked repositioning and the relentless assault on Labour, you are reminded by Matthew Hancock’s slipped-mask not of Jeremy Corbyn or John McDonnell bur Aneurin Bevan, who said: “No attempt at ethical or social seduction can eradicate from my heart a deep burning …read more