My Medical Records

Source:: Craig Murray My Medical Records This is very difficult for me to do, as I am perhaps guilty of too much pride. It is fairly generally known I am not very well, and that I occasionally am taken ill and don’t show, or have to leave events, and can be peculiarly hard to contact. But I think I need to explain the situation now, because of the prison sentence imposed on me. Eight months jail for contempt of court for “jigsaw identification”, on a first… Read the full article:: Craig Murray My Medical Records

A Celebration of Democracy – and Goodbye to Yesterday’s Men

Source:: Gerry Hassan A Celebration of Democracy – and Goodbye to Yesterday’s Men A Celebration of Democracy – and Goodbye to Yesterday’s Men Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 12th 2021 The Scottish elections attracted major media coverage – not just here, but across the UK and internationally. They have been portrayed as historic, and a potential turning point that could decide the fate of the independence question, and ultimately, determine the future of the UK. They were a major moment of democratic engagement. The five previous Scottish elections I discussed last week all… Read the full article:: Gerry […]

A big moment for Scotland and Democracy

Source:: Gerry Hassan A big moment for Scotland and Democracy A big moment for Scotland and Democracy Gerry Hassan Sunday National, May 9th 2021 The morning after the 2014 indyref UK PM David Cameron stood on the Downing Street steps and said it was time to listen to England and bring in “English Votes for English Laws.” Fast forward seven years, Scotland went to the polls and before most of the results were declared Boris Johnson gave an interview to the Daily Telegraph where he said no to another indyref… Read the full article:: Gerry Hassan A big […]

Those Scottish Elections, and What Happens Now

Source:: Craig Murray Those Scottish Elections, and What Happens Now Well, there is no denying an overwhelming SNP victory, with an increased vote, increased seats, increased percentage and double the support of the next largest party. Together with the Greens there is a substantial pro-Independence majority in the Parliament, so that matter is settled. Personally I would welcome an SNP/Green coalition with a guaranteed pro-Independence majority of at least fourteen (depending on who is presiding officer). It would remove the Tory jibe that there is not a majority government. But… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Those Scottish […]

The Left Must Take Back Labour

Source:: Craig Murray The Left Must Take Back Labour The hundreds of thousands of Corbyn supporters who carried him though multiple leadership challenges have not vanished from the face of the earth, even though many have vanished from the Labour Party. If you believe that the Starmer project was a genuine belief that a right wing agenda would get Labour back into power, then the Starmer Project has totally failed on those terms. If you believe that the Starmer project was a scheme to neutralise any threat from Labour… Read the full article:: Craig Murray The Left Must […]

Channel Islands Fisheries and Abuse by Tory Jingoism

Source:: Craig Murray Channel Islands Fisheries and Abuse by Tory Jingoism Exactly thirty years ago I was Head of Maritime Section at the FCO and negotiating the voisinage agreement on mutual fishing rights in territorial waters between France and the Channel Islands. Memory dims with age, but it is hard to forget the evening in Cherbourg where a meeting with French fishermen became so heated we found ourselves diving into an alley to escape a pursuing group who wished to remonstrate further. In fact, the same fishermen in the same town… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Channel […]

Twenty Years of Scottish Elections and the Importance of the Everyday

Source:: Gerry Hassan Twenty Years of Scottish Elections and the Importance of the Everyday Twenty Years of Scottish Elections and the Importance of the Everyday Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 5th 2021 Today is the last day of campaigning in the Scottish Parliament elections – held under the restrictions of the COVID pandemic. This has been a strange experience, almost surreal at times, as if coming from a far-off political universe we have vaguely heard of but never visited beamed into our homes via TV and radio. There is an element of ‘the society… Read the full article:: […]

Appeal For Defence Funds

Source:: Craig Murray Appeal For Defence Funds On Friday I shall be sentenced, very possibly to prison, for contempt of court by “jigsaw identification”. While I do not believe anybody has ever been imprisoned for “jigsaw identification” before, my entire prosecution has been so perverse that I cannot imagine why they have done it unless that is the intention. With enormous diffidence and frankly embarrassment, I find myself yet again obliged to ask people to contribute towards my defence fund before my hearing next Friday, to enable… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Appeal For Defence Funds

Europe puts a light on for Scotland

Source:: Gerry Hassan Europe puts a light on for Scotland Europe puts a light on for Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday National, May 2nd 2021 Remember in 2014 Scotland was told: “What is [the] process for removing our EU citizenship? Voting Yes.” Now the same voices tell us that Scotland becoming an EU member is too difficult – the supposed ‘queue’ for membership, EU terms and spectre of a ‘Spanish veto’. Yet large parts of Europe have not forgotten that Scotland voted to remain a European nation – and part of… Read the full article:: Gerry Hassan Europe puts […]

Glasgow on the Edge

Source:: Gerry Hassan Glasgow on the Edge Glasgow on the Edge Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 28th 2021 Glasgow is a great city with a proud history, traditions, cultures and a rich record of invention, industry and radicalism. There are of course many different Glasgows within the city’s boundaries – and often reality jars with how the city likes to see and think of itself. One key example is the consistent conservatism and high-handed bureaucracy of Glasgow City Council in a city that prides itself on its… Read the full article:: Gerry Hassan Glasgow on the Edge

Human Rights Watch Confirms Israel is an Apartheid State

Source:: Craig Murray Human Rights Watch Confirms Israel is an Apartheid State The forthright branding of Israel as an apartheid state by Human Rights Watch could be a watershed moment in mainstream acceptance of what Israel has become. Human Rights Watch is not an outlier or left wing organisation. It is very much a part of the establishment in the United States and is not generally associated with hard hitting criticism that conflicts with the promoted interests of the American state. Kenneth Roth, the Human Rights Watch CEO who has been in… Read the full article:: Craig Murray […]

The CIA’s Chinese Walls

Source:: Craig Murray The CIA’s Chinese Walls It is not in dispute that the CIA is in possession of Julian Assange’s legal and medical files seized from the Ecuadorean Embassy, including correspondence and drafting by his lawyers on his defence against extradition to the USA on Espionage charges. The defence submitted evidence of this in court. After Julian was arrested in the Ecuadorean Embassy and removed, all of his personal possessions were illegally seized by the Ecuadorean authorities, including his files and his IT equipment. These were… Read the full article:: Craig Murray The CIA’s Chinese Walls

Scotland’s choices and future after the election

Source:: Gerry Hassan Scotland’s choices and future after the election Scotland’s choices and future after the election Gerry Hassan Sunday National, April 23rd 2021 It has been a momentous week. The George Floyd verdict put racial justice and police violence in the US centre-stage, while the over-reach of the plutocrats involved in the European Super League self-destructed in 48 hours. The scale of Tory sleaze and corruption surrounding Boris Johnson and his government rises by the day, with contracts and public monies awarded via access to the UK PM’s mobile… Read the full article:: Gerry Hassan Scotland’s choices […]

Bypassing the Road Block

Source:: Craig Murray Bypassing the Road Block I almost never write about somebody else’s article, but this from Barrhead Boy sums up exactly how I feel today. 80% by readership of the pro-Independence new media has been disillusioned by the current SNP leadership to the point of turning against it. Peter Bell, Barrhead Boy, Robin McAlpine, James Kelly, Jeggit, Stuart Campbell, Iain Lawson, and me – I could go on with a dozen more – these were the writers to whom pro-Independence people turned in their hundreds… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Bypassing the Road Block

Breakaway: The rise and fall of the European Super League

Source:: Gerry Hassan Breakaway: The rise and fall of the European Super League Breakaway: The rise and fall of the European Super League Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 21st 2021 What has been the big media story so far this week? Not COVID, not Boris Johnson’s many scandals, or even the George Floyd trial in the US. Rather, by far the biggest story media-wise has been the announcement of the European Super League – with some of the continent’s biggest football names announcing their intention to join together in a league which would… Read the full article:: Gerry […]