The Assange Hearing: A Reticent Request

Source:: Craig Murray The Assange Hearing: A Reticent Request Julian Assange will stand next week in the armoured dock, accused of the “crime” of publishing. It is worth recalling that Wikileaks has a 100% record of accuracy. Nothing it has published has ever been shown to be inauthentic. Julian stands accused of the crime of telling the truth – more than that, of telling freely to the ordinary people of the world about the crimes which the powerful seek to conceal. It is a sad and damning fact that… Read the full article:: Craig Murray The Assange Hearing: […]

Time to consider recall for MSPs in Scotland

Source:: Gerry Hassan Time to consider recall for MSPs in Scotland Time to consider recall for MSPs in Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 19th 2020 Scotland likes to see itself as a modern parliamentary democracy with a new Parliament elected by proportional representation, a circular chamber that reflects its intended way of working, and a committee system designed to hold power to account. This is very much the view of official Scotland and of much of our political classes. It was the view of Labour and Lib Dems when they… Read the full article:: Gerry Hassan Time […]

Immigration, and How People Are Valued

Source:: Craig Murray Immigration, and How People Are Valued In the last recorded full year, to March 2019, net migration into the UK from the EU was 59,000 while from outwith the EU it was 219,000. That table is from racist playground the Migration Watch website. It is a poisonous organisation, but their figures seem to be correctly extrapolated from the Office of National Statistics. There is one matter on which Migration Watch are actually correct, which I will come to anon. Non-EU net immigration has risen substantially in… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Immigration, and How […]

A Time for Big Ideas for Scotland

Source:: Gerry Hassan A Time for Big Ideas for Scotland A Time for Big Ideas for Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday National, February 16th 2020 Big ideas are important. Boris Johnson is talking about infrastructure projects, committing to HS2 and spending £106 billion of taxpayers’ monies. He also this week announced a review into the feasibility of a 20-mile long Scotland-Northern Ireland bridge that will cost £20 billion. Irrespective of the merits of these projects, and the obvious point that the Scottish-Northern Irish bridge has next to no chance of ever… Read the full article:: Gerry Hassan A Time […]

Seeing Through the Lies – US Edition

Source:: Craig Murray Seeing Through the Lies – US Edition The Guardian newspaper has taken the art of obfuscation, false implication and the subtler forms of journalistic lying to new heights in its very extensive coverage of the Roger Stone sentencing saga. It has now devoted fourteen articles in the last fortnight to this rather obscure episode of American political history. Yet in not one of those articles – nor in more than a dozen articles about the Stone case that preceded it over the last few months – has… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Seeing Through […]

The End of an Era: The Imperial Era of the SNP

Source:: Gerry Hassan The End of an Era: The Imperial Era of the SNP The End of an Era: The Imperial Era of the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 12th 2020 The SNP were once the bright promising future of Scotland but all such periods of political promise come to an end. It isn’t possible to permanently remain the new kids of the block with the passing of time. The resignation of Derek Mackay as Finance Secretary and his subsequent suspension from the SNP came like a bolt out of the blue –… Read the full article:: […]

Time Warp UK

Source:: Craig Murray Time Warp UK The resignation of Savid Javid yesterday as Chancellor without even presenting a budget mirrors the resignation of Lord Randolph Churchill, Winston’s father – and in so doing says something extraordinary about lack of social progress in the UK in the intervening 130 years. Chancellor Randolph Churchill disagreed with then Prime Minister Lord Salisbury over his first budget, and resigned. The whole spat was carried out in a splenetic and emotional fashion which was almost certainly influenced by Churchill’s mental deterioration… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Time Warp UK

What holds Scotland back? Our relationship with England and ourselves

Source:: Gerry Hassan What holds Scotland back? Our relationship with England and ourselves What holds Scotland back? Our relationship with England and ourselves Gerry Hassan Sunday National, February 9th 2020 Scotland has travelled far in recent decades. The country is more autonomous, confident, self-governing and secure in having multiple identities. This is what we often tell ourselves and there is truth in it. Yet it is also true that after 20 years of the Scottish Parliament we still have many areas in which to progress, and numerous barriers that hold us back and… Read the full article:: Gerry […]

Mourning A Terrorist

Source:: Craig Murray Mourning A Terrorist The aim of this blog is to put forward reasonable points of view not easily found elsewhere, and it is important not to shy away from saying things because they run directly contrary to the popular mood. The stabbing of three people in Streatham was a tragedy, and while all are recovering, the mental and perhaps physical damage will be life-changing. But the death of the terrorist, Sudesh Amman, is also a human tragedy. The government’s populist response – to… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Mourning A Terrorist

Doctor wanted for remote isle … fainthearted need not apply

Source:: Kevin McKenna Doctor wanted for remote isle … fainthearted need not apply Colonsay, jewel of the Inner Hebrides, is looking for a new GP. The successful candidate will need a taste for adventureThe details carried on the job advert are prosaic enough: GPs “with remote and rural experience” are invited to apply for a job tending to the needs of the practice’s patients, all 134 of them. But there is nothing dull about the posting on the island of Colonsay in the Inner Hebrides. Medical qualifications aside, a sense of adventure, self-reliance… Read the full article:: Kevin […]

Get Out and Vote Sinn Fein

Source:: Craig Murray Get Out and Vote Sinn Fein A quick exhortation to my readers in Ireland to get out to the polling station and vote for Sinn Fein. Irish government has too long consisted of two centre right parties taking turns at the trough of public finance, and Varadkar’s slick disguise of his essential Thatcherism through social liberalism and identity politics is particularly nauseating. Martin’s platform of being a little bit less Thatcherite than Varadkar is scarcely appealing. In a country that is now significantly wealthier per capita… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Get Out and […]

Why the power of loss and not imagining the future aids populists and demagogues

Source:: Gerry Hassan Why the power of loss and not imagining the future aids populists and demagogues Why the power of loss and not imagining the future aids populists and demagogues Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 5th 2020 The UK – and with it Scotland – have left the European Union after 47 years. In human terms, this is a substantial length of time – the equivalent of a lifelong adult marriage or relationship, but in that comparison the British political classes and large swathe of public opinion never fully committed themselves to the European project, making… Read […]

Quick Thoughts from the Cesspool of London

Source:: Craig Murray Quick Thoughts from the Cesspool of London I have been in London all week and very busy, largely on the Julian Assange campaign/Wikileaks but also researching a couple of other things. Back to Edinburgh tonight I hope. Against the background of the appalling behaviour revealed in the Wikileaks DNC leaks, I find it impossible to look at the Iowa caucus fiasco without entertaining the suspicion that the Democratic Party machine is trying to cheat Bernie out of the nomination yet again. A similar straw in the wind… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Quick Thoughts […]

Scotland after Brexit: What needs to happen win independence?

Source:: Gerry Hassan Scotland after Brexit: What needs to happen win independence? Scotland after Brexit: What needs to happen to win independence? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, February 2nd 2020 Leadership isn’t easy. It can be lonely and difficult. But it is not without rewards when you get it right. Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday: ‘leadership is not about giving people easy answers … It is about being honest with people.’ In the aftermath of Sturgeon’s announcement hours before Scotland was dragged out of the EU against our democratic wishes – many felt… Read the full article:: Gerry Hassan […]

Scottish Independence is Within our Grasp if We Heed the Lesson of Toom Tabard

Source:: Craig Murray Scottish Independence is Within our Grasp if We Heed the Lesson of Toom Tabard There will never again be a route to Scottish Independence deemed legal by Westminster. 2014 will never be repeated. The UK will never willingly give up a third of its land, most of its fisheries, most of its mineral resources, its most marketable beef, soft fruit and whisky, most of its renewable energy potential, a vital part of its military including its primary nuclear base, its best universities in a number of key fields including life sciences, its ready pool… Read […]