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The Corbyn Effect

Grouse Beater

Asking a Labour politician for powers for Scotland is like asking a cheap hotel proprietor for biscuits and cheese. That's exactly what you get but not what you wanted! Asking a Labour politician for powers for Scotland is like asking a cheap hotel proprietor for biscuits and cheese.
That’s exactly what you get but not what you wanted!

You do something to me, something that mystifies me…” goes the old song. Life imitates the old crooner’s signature lyrics if you listen to Jeremy Corbyn warble.

I began Monday wondering what prize hack David Torrance thinks about today’s Labour politics, and then I realised I was wearing my Tee shirt back-to-front.

What an odd looking person is Torrance, not just in looks but in his writing which imitates his name, tawdry, filled with commonplace observations, opinions no higher that dialogue in a television soap. Then again, he is no odder or wiser than Jeremy Corbyn.

Jeremy Corbyn, a man more sailor in port than political titan Jeremy Corbyn, a man more sailor in port than political titan

What are we to make of a politicians who thinks Scotland part of England?

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Shining a light in the darkness

Shining a light in the darkness.

Shining a light in the darkness

Wee Ginger Dug

The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War – which you, me, yer granny and her dug all know was illegal and conducted on a false premise – won’t be published this year after all. This is because Chilcot is still working on the investigation into the War of the Roses and can’t complete the process because Richard III had a right to reply to criticisms of his kingdom for a horse policy but the horse didn’t.

Ostensibly, the reason for the delay in publication of the inquiry’s findings into the Iraq War is that those who are criticised in the report must have a right to reply to the findings before publication. The report into the Iraq War hasn’t heard any new evidence since 2009, and for the past six years, Blair and the other members of his government have played keepie uppie with letters requesting that they submit their…

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The British state – the Citroen 2CV of politics

Wee Ginger Dug

It’s a hard life being a Tory government minister, getting to watch Kezia Dugdale and Ken Macintosh have all the fun of blaming the SNP for everything from plagues of locusts in Africa to the fact that the latest IKEA catalogue no longer stocks the throw overs Iain Duncan Smith likes to use to disguise the dead bodies. All you get if you’re a Tory is the ability to blame migrants which does leave you open to accusations of racism and that might just spoil a dinner party. Thankfully you can say what you like about Scottish people and the SNP without running into that difficulty. It’s either yet more evidence to expose the evil separatists for the vile anti-English creatures that they really are, or it’s just a bit of banter. Just don’t attempt anything similar in reverse, because that only goes to prove that there’s a dark evil…

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The British state – the Citroen 2CV of politics

The British state – the Citroen 2CV of politics.

The price of failure

The price of failure.

The price of failure

Wee Ginger Dug

What’s the price of failure? If you fail in your marriage your significant other will become significant in a divorce courty sort of way. If you fail to impress in a job interview you’ll find yourself having to impress in a job centre interview. And if you’re a Westminster politician who fails at their job you’ll get handed a nice title and a made up name and very often a job for life too. The UK dishonours system is proof that British governments are the only organisms which rot from the top down.

Having wowed us with Lady McMoan and her peerage for Unionist Trolling during the independence referendum, it has now transpired that a number of political losers, has beens, and also rans are to be rewarded for their failure. The good voters of Inverness and surrounding districts might have thought that by deserting Danny Alexander en masse so…

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Ken’s reactionary cringe

Ken’s reactionary cringe.

Ken’s reactionary cringe

Wee Ginger Dug

Ken Macintosh, the not leading candidate for branch manager of the Labour party in Scotland – who is better known as “Who’s he?” even in his own party – has stated that Scotland shouldn’t get any more powers from Westminster. Ken’s really keen to attract back the voters that Labour has lost to the SNP, and thinks that the best way to do it is to refuse to concede any more devolution at all. Labour calls itself the party of devolution, Ken calls it the party of you’ll have had your devolution.

Ken is concerned that a woman whose only ability is to shoehorn an attack on the SNP into every single statement has greater public recognition than he does. Just this week alone, Kezia Dugdale has blamed the SNP for letting her tea go cold, demanded the resignation of Nicola Sturgeon after a wean in her local swing park…

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Signs of repayment of a debt to Gaelic and Scots

Signs of repayment of a debt to Gaelic and Scots.

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