There Is An Appetite for Indyref 2

I’m still buzzing as I write this column. I’m not long back from Edinburgh and I was so proud and inspired to march alongside well over 100,000 other supporters of independence for Scotland. We filled our capital city today with men, women and children from all walks of life and scores of dugs as well. Sheldon is a kick in the arse off a horse and marched with purpose while Hamish was there with proud owner and SNP MP Brendan O’Hara and displayed impeccable manners and temperament. It was a pleasure to walk alongside them from Johnstone Terrace near to […]

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Why Scotland is Politically Different to England

You might think that it was pretty obvious that the people of Scotland are politically different to the people of England but many believe that the working class in each country have the same social and political outlook; that Scottish Nationalism is an invention of the SNP and English Nationalism is an ultra-right-wing philosophy bordering on fascism. However, real Scottish Nationalism is a radical nationalism based on struggle and historical betrayals, and real English nationalism is a chauvinist nationalism which springs from England being the most powerful nation in the world. Historic development defines the cultural, social, political and national […]

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The Leftist Case for Nationalism – The Scottish Dilemma

When one mentions nationalism, it’s almost exclusively in a right wing, and negative context. Rightly so, might I add. Especially when we’re speaking of race based nationalism or nationalism rooted in imperialism, but nationalism can and often does take on another and more progressive and positive form. The issue is, is that for a large part of the 19th and 20th Century (and continuing to a lesser degree to the modern day), nationalist tendencies were used by powerful groups to exert dominance over less powerful ones. The First World War was, in the most simplified sense, a clash of Empires […]

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The Israel, Iran and US Problem

It’s happened. The start of a possible war between the United States and Iran. In June of last year, I talked about how donors to Trump (specifically Sheldon Adelson) and Trump, himself, had talked about an interest or support of attacking Iran. Trump, for years, talked about ripping up the Iran deal, knowing this could push the two countries to war. But right wing supporters of Trump dismissed that idea. Considering Trump to be the peaceful alternative to Clinton. We finally found out how untrue that was. There’s only one difference between Clinton and Trump. Clinton would’ve done something similar […]

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Corbyn Moves Right

Andrew Marr’s interview with Corbyn on Sunday 28th Jan, was significant in revealing the gradual shift to the right by the Labour leader. Three points stand out: repudiation of Clause 4, repudiation of feminism, acceptance of the goal of a continued free trade area with the EU. He was asked by Marr whether he supported recommitting Labour to socialism by once again including the phrase about public ownership of the means of production on the party card. Corbyn said no, he was quite happy with the redraft of the party card carried out by Tony Blair.   Clause 4 was […]

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