‘May Is Finished – Good Riddance I Say: Now Let’s Get the Flock Outta Here’

Staggeringfrom disarray to shambles, embarrassment to humiliation, cock-ups toclimb-downs, Theresa May’s Government is in chaos. Defeated three times inParliament on the one day then found guilty of treating Parliament withcontempt. Her Government is making history for all the wrong reasons. Herlamentable stint as Prime Minister is nearly over but she should considerapplying for a role as an extra in the next series of ‘The Walking Dead’because acting like a zombie would come naturally to her. I have stated it clearly in previous columns and I will re-iterate it here. Theresa May lost her authority and credibility when she chose to […]

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“Fair Employers Don’t Derecognise Trade Unions – Cornerstone Are Out Of Order”

‘Union Busting Is Disgusting, Recognition Now’ was the chant outside the Glasgow HQ of the charity and social care provider Cornerstone in Glasgow’s Sydney Street today. It was a wretched afternoon with rain cascading upon us constantly but the despicable actions of Cornerstone in the last week demanded action from trade union members regardless of the weather. After 24 years continuous recognition this charity and social care provider has taken the drastic step of derecognising the trade union UNISON. Around 40 or so UNISON members, and others, gathered at short notice to demonstrate while Cornerstone hosted an Evaluation meeting with […]

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From Coolio to Celtic and Celebrity Big Brother – Life’s Rich Tapestries

I had a very interesting Friday night. It was spent in the company of between 40 and 50 Catholic Parishioners from the Cumbernauld area of West Central Scotland. Originally I was invited, via Facebook, to speak at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Charitable Men’s Breakfast Club. It was to be a morning meeting with a chat and breakfast. However the club is celebrating its 4th year of existence so they decided to organise an evening meeting instead and invite other parishioners not available in mornings. Tony was the guy who contacted me and he gave me free rein to speak […]

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‘The Most Dangerous Man in Britain’ – One of Scotland’s Finest Sons

It would be politically criminal of me to write a column on this day and not dedicate it to one of Scotland’s finest sons. On this day of 30th November in 1923 the man daubed ‘the most dangerous man in Britain’ by the British secret intelligence services, but the ‘fighting dominie’ by the ordinary people, died of pneumonia aged only 44. His name was John MacLean. He left behind a devoted wife Agnes and two daughters, Jean aged 12 and Nan aged 10. What frustrates me most at this time of year is the lack of knowledge across Glasgow, never […]

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Thatcher was forced to resign 28 years ago this month – Celebrate the Anti-Poll Tax Warriors Who Melted The Iron Lady

It would be improper and disrespectful to let November pass without mention of the likes of Betty Curry from Cambuslang, Mary McQuaid from Birkenshaw and Betty McEachin from Govan. Those women and millions like them across Scotland, England and Wales deserve special attention around 22nd November every year. For that was the day in 1990 that the most brutal and heartless Prime Minister in Britain since the 2nd World War was forced to resign. Margaret Thatcher used to be called The ‘Iron Lady’ but after doing battle with anti-poll tax organisers like the two Bettys and Mary she was melted […]

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