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July 1, 2015 No Comments

Heatwave? It’s all Johnny Foreigner’s fault!

Once upon a time there really was a HEATWAVE. For months. It was called 1976.

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June 18, 2015 3 Comments

Syria’s remaining hospitals under bombardment

It appears that the already severely degraded medical services available to civilians in Syria are diminishing fast under assault from barrel bombs.

June 15, 2015 6 Comments

Magna Carta was about money – it wasn’t about a ‘law for all’

A bunch of noblemen fed up with tax hikes under King John was the motive for the Magna Carter, not some overarching need to make the law work for all.

May 29, 2015 29 Comments

Denis O’Brien injunction: what damage to Irish democracy?

It is fundamental. It is the bedrock of any society claiming to be democratic. And in the Republic of Ireland it has been wiped away at a stroke.

May 20, 2015 1 Comment

Hatton Garden heist: two Brians and a building site

“You’d have vans coming and going at all hours,” says one elderly neighbour, looking out at the manor of Brians Reader – Senior and Junior – now cordoned by blue and

May 9, 2015 41 Comments

Nicola Sturgeon: my 56 MPs will fight to end austerity

Below the Forth railway bridge, in front of her 56 Westminster MPs, Nicola Queen of Scots pledges to fight austerity – and fails to mention “independence” or

May 8, 2015 100 Comments

When will English politicians understand Scotland and the SNP?

How much longer does the English political establishment go on not only not getting it – but demonstrating with toe-curling embarrassment that they simply don’t get it.

Feeling threatened? Insults fired at the SNP

More insults raining down on the SNP tonight with the Labour hopeful in Glasgow South calling the party a “cult”. Curious for any person defending a 10,000+ “safe seat” to

May 5, 2015 13 Comments

What is the SNP doing to stamp out its problem fringe element?

Yesterday this correspondent suggested it was time the SNP named and shamed its extremist fringe. They’ve made a belated start to stamp it out – but could they do more?

Gordon Brown the footsoldier: could he pull it off again?

Barnstormer 2 – the sequel. The heroic – at least as far as unionists are concerned – Gordon Brown rides into Glasgow from Fife to sweep all before him in an impassioned plea to

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