Homelessness and Grotesque Wealth Cheek by Jowl – The UK’s Ugly Reality

The grotesque inequalities which scar UK society were brought into sharp focus for me yesterday and jolted me into writing about a subject which has concerned me for many years. While surfing the internet for news stories I came across a Social Bite advert encouraging folk to buy a homeless person a Christmas dinner for £5. It is a very laudable project as are the hundreds of other schemes and organisations who work damn hard and give up valuable time and effort to try and alleviate a 21st Century shame which is rising numbers of homeless children, adults and rough […]

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11 January 2020 is Scotland’s Democracy Day – Demand the Right to Choose

Scotland’s elected First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, addressed the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday at the same time as the pantomime politics of Westminster got under way to elect a new Speaker and swear in newly elected MPs. The British Parliament is stuck in an ancient time-warp of flummery, buffoonery and pomposity. Black Rod, doffing of caps and seeking permission from an unelected chamber to establish a parliament in an elected one confirm Britain’s place as a cesspit of inherited privilege, wealth and power protected by an Establishment based in Westminster but with tentacles […]

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Johnson Won But So Did the SNP – Britain Is Finished, Scotland Will Be Free

What a bittersweet experience here in Scotland! It is well past 3 am on Friday morning and the SNP results in Scotland are devastatingly good. The party which put Indyref2 and Scotland’s right to choose its own future front and centre of their campaign, and clearly set out a radical list of demands should their votes be required to prop up a minority Labour Government has defied the opinion polls and media attacks to record a fantastic endorsement for IndyRef2, ending Tory austerity and for unilateral nuclear disarmament. Standing on a radical manifesto that promised real change and the chance […]

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Thursday’s Election Is Crucial – Only the Heartless or Brainless Can Vote Tory

This Thursday’s General Election should be a foregone conclusion. The Tories and their dishonourable, disreputable and despicable leader, Boris Johnson, should be electorally annihilated. The Conservatives deserve to be electorally humiliated. Their record in government over the last nine years, a government Boris Johnson served in and supported with gusto and without hesitation, is lamentable and shameful. They took a conscious political decision to punish ordinary workers, disabled citizens, welfare recipients, and public sector workers in particular to pay for the financial mistakes, greed and crimes of the bankers, stockbrokers and city spivs who crashed and burned the economy in […]

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Tory Cuts in Criminal Justice Services Have Brutal Consequences

The wise words of the inimitable Oscar Wilde ring in my ears and urge caution as I write this column but the sense of anger and rage which courses through my veins and brain cells right now compel me to carry on regardless. Back in 1895 while writing the adult comedy ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ Wilde proffered: “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” He is undoubtedly right, and calm and sober analysis of events and history teach us that truism is reliable. However the brutal and depraved revelations of the crimes committed by Joseph McCann heard in […]

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