Prison for Benefits Fraud – Knighthoods for Tax Dodgers

The Tax Watch charity has revealed that the number of criminal prosecutions for benefits related crimes dwarfs the number of prosecutions for tax crimes by an incredible 23 to 1. This stunning report lays bare the putrid priorities and noxious double-standards which pollute British society. Over the last eleven years there have been 85,745 criminal prosecutions for benefits related fraud but only 3,665 prosecutions for tax fraud, yet the amount of revenue denied to the Treasury by tax cheating is at least nine times greater than benefits fraud. In financial year 2018/19 the HMRC, the government body responsible for tax […]

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Scottish #MaxTheYES Strategy is Alive and Kicking Unionists Into Touch

The British unionists in Scotland are now heading for electoral annihilation with the long-awaited confirmation that the Action For Independence (AFI) party has secured registration to field candidates all across Scotland in the critical May 6th Holyrood election. After several months of quite extraordinary manoeuvres by the Electoral Commission to prevent the AFI independence alliance party from being allowed to compete, they finally relented last week and the path is now cleared for an exciting pro-independence Max The YES strategy which will remove scores of useless unionists and replace them with progressive independence advocates elected to concentrate fully on delivering […]

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Clapping for Tom is Empty Gesture – A Real Tribute is Proper NHS Funding

A story in the Guardian newspaper the other day resonated with me as it highlighted two issues which I’m particularly vexed about. A young black trainee priest made the mistake of treating Twitter as a forum for balanced, informed, and mature debate and discussion. He posted a comment, a perfectly reasonable and thoughtful comment, which resulted in an avalanche of abuse, much of it racist and homophobic, most of it narrow minded and nasty which prompted his employer, the London diocese, to condemn their trainee in strident terms and announce an urgent investigation into his actions and words which they […]

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Defend Comrades Always – But Keep Our Eyes on the Independence Prize

The National newspaper has published a powerful piece from a Scottish MP that illustrates clearly there are serious and perhaps irreconcilable divisions within the principal party of Scottish independence which commands a mature and determined response from the wider independence movement. The fact that Joanna Cherry, a Scottish National Party (SNP) MP of considerable talent, integrity and courage, was earlier this week sacked from her front bench role in Westminster highlights the gravity of the problems surrounding the SNP currently given her history of championing women’s rights and greater urgency in promotion of the independence cause. Support for an independent […]

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Gambling Sponsorship of Football and Sport is Unhealthy – Ban it Now

Listening to Good Morning Scotland this morning reminded me how rotten the gambling industry is and how cynical their involvement in sport is. An SNP MP, Ronnie Cowan, referred to the rise in gambling addictions and the related social problems across the UK and Scotland as another ‘pandemic’, and he is not wrong. Two other guests who spoke with passion and informed concern made the case for banning gambling sponsorship of football jerseys or teams and sought to remind us that there is nothing normal or harmless about betting and football but that it is an unhealthy and unnatural phenomenon […]

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