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September 26, 2014 6 Comments

A wing, a prayer and a US president spouting cliches

The simple and obvious question to ask today is this: would parliament be discussing bombing Iraq for a third war if the USA were not already doing so?

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The answer, some would suggest, is no, and that all the guff about the Islamic State group being in some unexplained and unproven way a “threat” to the UK should be seen for what it is.


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September 19, 2014 61 Comments

Heated stand-off between rival voters at George Square

Hundreds of people crowded into Glasgow’s George Square tonight, in which police describe as just “handbags”. If this number if young men were hellbent on violence they’d

September 18, 2014 5 Comments

Political fever in Scotland – but is it passing or permanent?

The Scottish referendum is a populist political phenomenon. But is it also just an island in a sea of sloppy apathy, cynicism and disengagement?

September 16, 2014 7 Comments

Tell it on the mountain: #IndyRef from the top of Ben Nevis

On his way up and down Ben Nevis, Alex Thomson encounters a range of views on Scottish independence from a Spanish woman, a Frenchman, a Belgian and a group of Canadians.

September 12, 2014 5 Comments

English council leaders go to work Reservoir Dogs style

Whatever happens in Scotland, more devolution will happen because of the English state’s last-minute panic and there are signs that the English regions want a piece of the action.

September 9, 2014 2 Comments

Resurgent Taliban threaten US exit strategy for Afghanistan

A New York Times article at the weekend suggests the Afghan police and army, whose efficiency was used to justify the US and British exit, are not up to the job.

September 8, 2014 12 Comments

What is England’s view on Scottish independence?

The result of next Thursday’s referendum will be a profoundly important moment for the Union, but nobody outside Scotland will have a vote.

September 4, 2014 17 Comments

The Ashya King saga: why we should thank the authorities

Given what the doctors had told the judiciary about the medical plight of Ashya King, we should be grateful that the authorities acted swiftly to ensure he was returned to hospital.

September 3, 2014 10 Comments

My bizarre exchange with Ashya King’s father

Brett King told me that if he tried to see his son Ashya, he would be arrested because, he said, he is a ward of court.

September 2, 2014 7 Comments

Should Ashya parents have carte blanche to decide?

A lot of emotion surrounds the case of Ashya King. But leaving emotions aside, should the British state give its citizens carte blanche to make medical decisions?

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