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CBI: Cannae Be Involved

CBI: Cannae Be Involved.

CBI: Cannae Be Involved

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The CBI’s woes go from bad to worse.   The organisation has now announced that it will seek to have its registration as a No campaign supporter declared null and void, and admitted it was a mistake to have registered in the first place.  CBI’s director general John Cridland told the BBC that the business organisation had made an “honest mistake” in registering.  No honest, they’re telling the truth now.

It was also a mistake for them to pose as a neutral organisation when they’re as neutral as a bare wire in a puddle of pish, which wasn’t very honest of them at all.  No apologies from John on that one, because he’s fervently hoping that the CBI can go back to spraying its urine all over a live debate while posing as a detached voice of authority from on high.   Sadly for Honest John that’s not going to happen –…

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The Little Englanders Of The American Left

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The Stars and Stripes meets the Butcher's Apron The Stars and Stripes meets the Butcher’s Apron

AlterNet, that online bastion of American left-wing liberalism and anti-establishment rhetoric, has an opinion piece on the attendance of Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, Joint First Minister in Belfast’s power-sharing regional administration, at the ceremony in London welcoming the Irish president Michael D. Higgins on his state visit to Britain. At least that was the main event that happened some weeks ago though you wouldn’t believe it reading the AlterNet piece where President Higgins isn’t even mentioned. In fact one strongly suspects that the author of the article is completely unaware of the reason for the meet-and-greet at Windsor Castle, the first official visit by a President of Ireland to our nearest neighbour, an event filled with historical significance for both nations. Instead we are regaled with a long and frankly incoherent diatribe against the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army and its thirty-year…

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The Cause: Independence and Identity

The Cause: Independence and Identity.

The Cause: Independence and Identity

Lies, damned lies, and Iain Duncan Smith

Lies, damned lies, and Iain Duncan Smith.

Lies, damned lies, and Iain Duncan Smith

Wee Ginger Dug

Today Scotland got a stern warning from Iain Duncan Smith, who runs a dept where the admin costs of his new pet benefit vastly exceed the amount actually paid out to claimants, that Scotland will have to find £1.5 billion to set up and run its own benefits system. He also warned that he won’t let the Scottish Government share the rUK’s IT systems if there is a yes vote, which means the money we save not paying for Iain’s admin overruns ought to cover everything we need.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/iain-duncan-smiths-universal-credit-3115946

http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/05/great-crapsy-why-iain-duncan-smith-isnt-all-he-seems

The effectiveness of Iain’s threat depends on a number of things. It depends upon the reputation of Iain for producing reliable facts. So we’re not off to a good start. Let’s quickly gloss over the embarrassing episode in 2002 when the BBC’s Panorama revealed that Iain’s claim to have attended a series of prestigious educational establishments really meant he’d dropped…

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Gordon Bennett (Brown)

Gordon Bennett (Brown).

The Messiah by the Squinty Bridge

The Messiah by the Squinty Bridge.

The Messiah by the Squinty Bridge

Wee Ginger Dug

If devolution is a journey, can Dougie Alexander please tell us the destination? Otherwise we’re on a mystery tour. I went on a mystery tour once. It was all very exciting. We got on the coach and were taken to a mock historical tourist trap to be fleeced by vendors of overpriced tat, before being taken back to where we started and being dumped at a bus stop after the last privatised bus of the day had already gone. And then I had to walk home in the rain, poorer, pissed off, exhausted, and considerably more cynical than I had been at the beginning. Which anyone who knows me will tell you is quite an achievement. So exactly like Dougie’s devolution journey then.

Dougie’s been taking the Proud Scot pills again. He loves all sorts of stuff about Scotland that’s not going to change whether we’re independent or not, like…

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