Brian Cox 154

My successor as Rector of the University of Dundee, Brian Cox, has left Labour and joined the SNP. Almost no mainstream media coverage – if it was the other way round, we would have Murphy and Cox wall to wall for weeks. I am delighted about Brian’s move as it is more evidence of genuinely radical voices coming in to the party. I was similarly happy yesterday to find that Tommy Sheppard, for whom I voted, has been selected to fight Edinburgh East, where I live. I think the SNP with its new membership is going to be a great deal more radical than it was before.

Long term readers may recall that in 2010 I stood down as Rector of Dundee University after only one term, as I did not feel I had been able to give it as much time as I would wish to do a really excellent job. Now I have moved back to Edinburgh, those problems no longer apply, and I shall be standing for election to take the post again next year, as Brian Cox completes his second (and final) term.

I cannot help but recall that on the polling day of my election as Rector in 2007, the Daily Record came out in Dundee with a full front page photo of my opponent, Andy Nicol (unionist rugby player), and a single front page headline “I was born to lead Dundee students”. The lengths to which the Establishment will go to try to ensure that whistleblowers stay down and stomped upon sometimes surprise even me.

There is a pro-Independence rally outside parliament from 11 am on Saturday. I shall be speaking. I am not sure how widely it has been publicised, but I do hope that it will show that the extraordinary spirit that has been awakened in Scotland is still alive and kicking.

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  • Calgacus

    Any nation that drops white phosphorus on another nation’s women and children is certainly participating in a Holocaust.

    Quite apart from that same nation’s policy of “cutting the grass” i.e. regularly murdering thousands of prisoners in the ghastly concentration camp known as Gaza.

    How anyone can defend these murdering bastards is beyond me.

  • Mary

    On the C Span link –

    ‘January 29, 2015
    National Security Strategy

    Former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, and George Shultz testified at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on global threats and national security strategy. Topics included Iran’s nuclear program, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and combating the so-called Islamic State. 

    At the start of the hearing, protestors spoke out against Henry Kissinger calling him a “war criminal.” Committee Chair John McCain (R-AZ) responded to the accusations by ordering for the Capitol Police and calling the protestors “low-life scum.” ‘

  • John Spencer-Davis

    01/02/2015 8:24 am

    Some things are just not funny as far as I am concerned. I am sure many professional comedians would find that hilarious but I am afraid I don’t agree.

    I listen to BBC Radio Four Extra driving to and from work every day and I love it – it’s filled with comedy, drama, documentaries and entertainment, highly recommended if you don’t know it. A couple of months back they ran a sitcom called “Safety Catch” about some hapless fellow working in the arms trade. Well, I tried it, and then it got on to trying to be funny about rubber truncheons and electroshock equipment and the like and I just turned it off. I was pretty shocked, and I do not regard myself as easily shocked.

    I don’t know this creative material you are discussing and I don’t want to know. It sounds like much the same thing.

    Kind regards.


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