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Labour still hasn’t found what it’s voting for

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Wee Dougie Alexander, the political patron saint of holy wullies, has got himself a new job after being booted out by the voters of Paisley at the last election. The Guardian described Wee Dougie’s debacle as a shock defeat for the Labour party, but the only people shocked by it were Wee Dougie and the Westminions. The rest of us didn’t think it was shocking, we thought it was comedy karmic come-uppance.

After spending a few months avoiding a work assessment interview with the jobbie centre, Dougie has now been appointed as a poverty sermoniser for the only man on the planet with a bigger ego than your average former Labour shadow foreign secretary. Bono of U2 is paying Dougie a very large amount of money in order to allow Bono to believe that he’s a serious spokesperson on world poverty, and not just an ego with sunglasses and a…

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Tory MPs wined and dined at restaurant paid for by ‘independent’ Tory bullying inquiry lawyers

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David Cameron

David Cameron is claiming the Conservative Party’s inquiry into the Tory bullying scandal is “independent”:

“There is an independent lawyer from Clifford Chance, who will oversee that process and make sure that it reaches clear conclusions from the evidence that comes through.”

But if Clifford Chance is so independent of the Tories – how come the law firm has been dishing out cash for members of the party’s influential 1922 Committee to party at the prestigious and VERY expensive Marco Pierre White Rooftop Restaurant?

From Lord Ashcroft’s Party Conference Diary:

“How to win the majority we want will be a major theme for Conservative Home’s conference events – not least this evening’s joint party with the 1922 Committee, generously sponsored by Clifford Chance, at the Marco Pierre White Rooftop Restaurant”

So not actually all that independent then…

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5 anti-war songs that got in under the radar

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5 anti-war songs that got in under the radar

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oh it's a lovely war

At a time of intense public debate about whether Britain should go to war or not, here are five anti-war hits – songs that many people didn’t even realise were about war:

1. THE MONKEES – Last Train to Clarksville
Members of the Monkees later said the only way they could get their 1966 anti-Vietnam War hit to even get air time – never mind get to number 1 – was by making it sound like an upbeat love song. It’s actually about a young Vietnam conscript seeing his girlfriend for the last time before he gets sent off to be killed:

“And I don’t know If I’m ever coming home”

Costello’s 1982 anti-Falklands War song was relatively subtle in its anti-war polemic – but so much more powerful for it:

“Within weeks they’ll be re-opening the shipyards
And notifying the next of kin”

3. PRINCE – Money Don’t Matter…

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Great British double standards

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Great British double standards

Wee Ginger Dug

There are two kinds of people in the United Kingdom. There are those who divide people into two kinds of people, and there are those who don’t. If you’re one of the former you can also divide people in the United Kingdom into two kinds, those who are allowed to level accusations of Nazi behaviour at members of the Labour party, and those who are not. It’s a bit like terrorism really. You’re only a terrorist if you have a brown skin or are of a left wing or independentist persuasion. If you’re white and have far right wing views – you know, an actual Nazi – then you’re not a terrorist, you’re just an extremist like the not-terrorist who shot up the family planning clinic in Colorado. It’s all part and parcel of the Great British Double Standards.

Great British double standards mean that if you’re a supporter of…

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Celtic-Speaking Communities Of Britain Denied Funding


While most eyes and ears were focused on the headline-grabbing announcements in the November budgetary review by the UK’s aristocratic finance minister, George Osborne, more seasoned observers were analysing the lesser discussed passages in the chancellor’s financial plans for 2016. Thanks to the diligence of Plaid Cyrmu and other interested parties it quickly emerged that the hereditary indifference or antipathy amongst Britain’s metropolitan elites to the indigenous Celtic languages of the island was once again being reflected in aspects of government policy towards the peoples of Wales and Scotland.

The Daily Post carries news of deeper reductions in the budget of the formerly independent Sianel Pedwar Cymru or S4C, the sole public service television channel broadcasting entirely in Welsh, which the Tories have been transferring to the financial control of its anglophone competitor, the dominant BBC, since 2010

“Welsh language campaigners Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg have accused the UK Government of “telling lies” after it announced a 26% cut in its grant to the Welsh language channel despite a manifesto…

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A fatal fart bomb in a trance

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A fatal fart bomb in a trance

Wee Ginger Dug

We live in a country where policy is decided on the basis of appearance and not substance. In UK politics it’s not the Christmas present that’s important it’s the shininess of the wrapping on the big boxes under the tree. Only they contain nothing but air that’s been warmed up by a passage through the bowels of a spin doctor. The Christmas spirit is nowhere to be seen, lost in the fog of farts.

This week we’ve witnessed more examples of big shiny boxes filled with farts. The first was the UK government’s surprise U-turn on tax credits, a move made not out of any great concern for the ill effects of austerity cuts on the low paid, but rather an attempt to wrong foot the Labour party. While it’s a good thing that the income of the lowest paid isn’t going to suffer a swingeing cut – at least…

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Day after the Scottish referendum – We must be Reminded for 2016

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