Labour in Scotland Is Dying – Replacing Leonard Won’t Change That Fact

I don’t usually have any sympathies for unionist politicians in Scotland, particularly those who oppose not only the principle of independence but the democratic right of the Scottish people to decide their future in a democratic referendum. Current Scottish branch leader of the UK Labour Party is one such individual. His name is Richard Leonard and his tenure as leader of the Labour party in Scotland began in November 2017 but is unlikely to last until the end of September this year. His chances of leading Scottish Labour into the May 2021 election are akin to me recovering the need […]

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On Behalf of Gus and Millions Like Him – Pay Our Carers Properly

Dealing with the passing of a close family relation has occupied much of my time over this last ten days or so. My father-in-law Gus was like a second dad to me and I loved and respected him dearly. He was diagnosed with aggressive liver cancer some seventeen months ago on top of the cirrhosis of his liver discovered some six months earlier. The health team explained the seriousness of the situation but remained upbeat and recommended some invasive treatments that could slow the progress of the cancer. Like the brave man he was, Gus accepted the treatments without fuss […]

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MLK’s Dream Is Far from Reality 57 Years On – US Is Still Deeply Racist

Exactly fifty seven years ago this Friday the enigmatic and inspiring Martin Luther King Jr addressed a 250,000 strong rally at Lincoln Memorial in Washington noting that African Americans were still “not free” and that they were “crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.” On August 28th, 1963, he shared his ‘dream’ with the huge crowd and the wider world watching and listening: “I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.…I […]

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August 23rd William Wallace Day – Remember a Scottish Marty

The 23rd August should be an official day of commemoration and reflection across Scotland. For it was on this day in 1305 that a Scotsman called William Wallace was put on trial for treason in Westminster Hall in London and denied a defence. He was found guilty and sentenced to death. He was stripped naked and dragged behind a horse to Smithfield’s Market where he met a very gory end. He was hanged until almost dead, then his guts were pulled out, his head chopped off and his body cut into pieces. His head was displayed on a pike on […]

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Time to Go Scotland – Six Successive Opinion Polls Back Independence

The question of Scottish independence is now a matter of when not if. For the first time ever six consecutive opinion polls have recorded clear majorities for Scotland leaving the British union and standing on her own two feet. The latest two polls even prompted Scotland’s First Minister to issue posts on Facebook and Twitter yesterday highlighting and lauding the fact majorities for independence are now clear and consistent. Her comments were positive and provide an excellent context for next month’s annual Hope Over Fear rally in Glasgow’s George Square: The polls were conducted by reputable polling organisations ComRes and […]

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