My Independent Scotland Is Part of Europe but Not the EU

By Tommy Sheridan Political activism over a period of almost 40 years has taught me to cherish consistency and integrity but reject absolutism. Don’t ever hoist anyone so high in your mind that they are beyond criticism or reproach. Supporting individuals and political parties is normal and healthy but never on a blind loyalty, blank cheque or 100% basis. Retaining the ability to constructively criticise and even disagree with political leaders and parties is an essential prerequisite for healthy, democratic and mature engagement. The whole debate around the European Union is a case in point. Individuals I respect and often […]

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It’s Not Personal but the Tories Are ‘Lower Than Vermin’ – Never Vote Tory

By Tommy Sheridan Detailed analysis of the effect of Tory austerity policies on the lives of ordinary folk across the dis-United Kingdom were produced last week https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/apr/06/new-tax-year-personal-allowance-benefits-national-insurance-pensions?CMP=share_btn_link and reminded me of one of the best statements in one of the best films I have ever had the pleasure of watching. ‘Brassed Off’ (1996) is a film which brilliantly illustrates the human cost of the war Thatcher and the Tories waged on the miners in 1984/85. The Tories rejoiced in the industrial vandalism they presided over, the rampant poverty and inequality they caused and the millions of hopes and dreams they […]

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MP Property Scam May Not Be Illegal But It Is Immoral

By Tommy Sheridan During his time as the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament from 1999 to 2003 I often clashed with wee David Steel. He clearly disliked my manner and consistent refusal to accept his rulings as the last word on important matters. To him I was a ruffian from a housing scheme who did not belong in the re-convened Parliament. To me he was a pompous snob who carried a chip of privilege on his shoulder and represented the cosy status quo of the British Establishment. He disliked my successful efforts to compel the Scottish Parliament to debate […]

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LGBT Rights Are Human Rights – Boycotting Brunei is Appropriate but Don’t Forget Saudi Arabia

By Tommy Sheridan Love is the most powerful and beautiful emotion in our world. Whether our loving relationships are between two consenting adults of the same sex or the opposite sex is irrelevant. Men who are in love with other men and women who are in love with other women are as entitled to legal protection and recognition in law as those of us in heterosexual relationships. Being gay is not a life choice but a natural and human emotion to be nurtured and supported as part of the rich tapestry of life and humanity. Gay and lesbian rights are […]

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Venezuela Vs America – Support the Legal Government Not the Illegal Rogue Nation

By Tommy Sheridan 9th April 2019 You are mugged in the street by a gang of powerful and well organised thugs who rob you of your money and personal possessions. You are knocked to the ground and subjected to violent blows to your body and head that almost render you unconscious. You notice other citizens observe the assault but they appear too frightened to intervene. The attackers are big and powerful. They also shout loudly that you deserve to be attacked as they aim further blows at you. There is a look of fear, confusion and apprehension in the faces […]

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