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Breaking the Depleted Uranium Ceiling

by craig on Sep 1st 2015 in Uncategorized

It is an astonishing fact that, despite near universal recognition now that the war in Iraq was a disaster, no major British social institution is headed by a single one of the majority of the population wo were opposed to the war. Every Cabinet Minister actively supported the war. Of the fifteen Tory MPs who […]

Forget Faslane

by craig on Aug 31st 2015 in Uncategorized

With this country’s massive needs in housing and renewable energy, it is typical that the only public spending announcement the Tories wish to make is on more potential for death and destruction at Faslane. The politics of the ludicrous claims on employment creation are risibly transparent. Don’t vote SNP! Don’t Vote Corbyn! This is not […]

Serial Reject

by craig on Aug 30th 2015 in Uncategorized

I have just been rejected at vetting (again) by the SNP and therefore cannot put myself forward to fellow members as a potential parliamentary candidate. This time they added the somewhat gratuitous comment that I would not only be “unbecoming” as a parliamentary candidate, but as a member. They also suggested, in writing, that I […]

Beware of Chilcot

by craig on Aug 28th 2015 in Uncategorized

I am worried that the continued delay in the publication of Chilcot’s report is giving rise to expectations that it will be forthright and damning of Blair and his supporters. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even though Blair plunged us into an illegal war with dreadful long-term consequences, the report has always been […]

Down From the Mountain

by craig on Aug 28th 2015 in Uncategorized

It is hard to describe why I find DTRH such an uplifting experience. To quote this year’s Herald review “you’d have to be half-mad to dream up Doune the Rabbit Hole. Since 2010, the family-friendly Stirlingshire festival has appeared to shirk any nod to corporate sponsorship or commercialism, in favour of a home-grown hillside hoopla.” […]

The UK Hits Moral Rock Bottom

by craig on Aug 27th 2015 in Uncategorized

I return from summer break with a shock as the UK hits moral rock bottom. On the day that it is revealed that 2,380 people in three years died within 14 days of being declared fit to work by an ATOS assessment and having benefit stopped, we also have 45 of the most appalling members […]

Kezia Dugdale Got Just 5,217 Votes

by craig on Aug 15th 2015 in Uncategorized

The Labour Party is being remarkably coy about releasing the actual result of its Scottish accounting unit leadership election, giving only a percentage. The entirely complacent unionist media is complicit in what amounts to a deception. The stunning truth is that in a one person, one vote election among the entire membership of the Labour […]

Jeremy Corbyn and the SNP

by craig on Aug 14th 2015 in Uncategorized

Today on my first full day back in Scotland (and only my fourth day in the UK in the past 8 weeks) I went to Jeremy Corbyn’s rally in Edinburgh. I have shared platforms with Jeremy, particularly for Stop the War, fairly frequently and had a number of conversations and email exchanges, but I would […]

In Safe Hands

by craig on Aug 9th 2015 in Uncategorized

I am in Tbilisi at the moment, where I spent this early morning drinking tea with some of the 2,000 strong Yazidi community. They see their religion as much more closely descended from Zoroastrianism than appears in most accounts I have read. I very much enjoyed a visit to Tsinandali which was most useful for […]

Aaronovitch Blusters to a Well of Silence

by craig on Jul 27th 2015 in Uncategorized

Why Rupert Murdoch considers it worth his while to pay David Aaronovitch a large six figure sum for such puerile antics as tweeting that I am insane, is a conjecture I find difficult to resolve. Today this exchange occurred on twitter: David Aaronovitch: This suggestion that if elected Corbyn could be quickly ousted is utter […]

Going Mainstream

by craig on Jul 27th 2015 in Uncategorized

For a decade, this blog has argued that democracy in the UK is dysfunctional because an entrenched party system offers no real choice. The major parties offer political programmes which are virtually indistinguishable. As I put it in lectures, if the range of possible political programmes were placed on a linear scale from 1 to […]

Mob Morality Again

by craig on Jul 26th 2015 in Uncategorized

Nobody has more contempt than me for the House of Lords or for cronies of Tony Blair. But I shall not join in the pillorying of John Sewel over his private life. If he wants to take cocaine and spend time with prostitutes that is entirely his own business. Britain’s periodic outcries over private morality […]

Something to Read in the Meantime

by craig on Jul 25th 2015 in Uncategorized

I have returned after a stressful and hard-working, though ultimately successful, period in Ghana, in serious need of recuperation. I very much enjoyed reading this from the Belfast Telegraph.

Embarrassing Pasts

by craig on Jul 19th 2015 in Uncategorized

It says a huge amount about the confidence of the royal family, that they feel able to respond to their Nazi home movie with nothing other than outrage that anybody should see it. They make no denial they were giving Nazi salutes, no statement that the royal family did not support the Nazis. Of course […]

Doune the Rabbit Hole

by craig on Jul 17th 2015 in Uncategorized

This year’s Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival will be at the Cardross Estate near Port of Menteith again from 21-3 August. As our long-term readers know, while there is no formal link between this blog and Doune the Rabbit Hole, and the festival has no political view, the general tone, tenor and atmosphere of the […]

The Mainstream Discovers Mhairi Black

by craig on Jul 15th 2015 in Uncategorized

Having spoken alongside Mhairi at a few meetings, and much admired her, it is rather strange to find her in danger of becoming an object of cult veneration. Just as with Nicola Sturgeon, it seems the shock of seeing the coherent and intelligent articulation of views outside the narrow consensus manufactured by the corporate media […]

Iran Breakthrough

by craig on Jul 14th 2015 in Uncategorized

I am really very pleased at the agreement reached with Iran. Coming as it does against a background of widespread and Western exacerbated Sunni/Shia conflict, it is one of very few hopeful recent international developments. Liberalisation of Iranian society continues to go forward at an achingly slow pace. The human rights situation, role of the […]

The Embargo on the Truth About the Iranian Arms Embargo

by craig on Jul 13th 2015 in Uncategorized

The corporate media in both the UK and US are attempting to portray the Iranian desire to have the arms embargo lifted, as a new and extraneous demand that could torpedo the nuclear deal. This is an entirely false portrayal. The issue has been included in the talks since, quite literally, the very first Iranian […]

Taking the Paracetamol

by craig on Jul 13th 2015 in Uncategorized

When I was a student, an appalling toothache on a Sunday led me to take too much paracetamol. I didn’t take vastly too much, and only two tablets at a time, but over 24 hours about twice the recommended dose. I am pretty certain it would have done me no harm, but I was sharing […]

The SNP’s New MPs

by craig on Jul 12th 2015 in Uncategorized

There is a good and balanced article in the Guardian on the SNP MPs by Carole Cadwalladr. Thank goodness Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks must have been unavailable. I am struck that of those she chose to interview, Tommy Sheppard (my MP), Mhairi Black, Chris Law, Michelle Thomson, John Nicolson, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh are all people […]

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