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All You Need to Know

by craig on Apr 7th 2015 in Uncategorized

The Guardian reports that today Blair “did not pretend to be Miliband’s biggest fan, and he was notably more enthusiastic about Jim Murphy, the Blairite whom he described as the “great new leader of the Scottish Labour party”.” How the right wing shill Murphy – a man well to the right of Thatcher on both […]

Willie McRae

by craig on Apr 6th 2015 in Uncategorized

It is peculiar timing for the unionist rag The Scotsman, to declare it had solved the mystery of Willie McRae’s death – just when security service tasking on the SNP returns to the levels of 1975-86. The Scotsman claims that the police had first removed the vehicle and then replaced it, and this explains the […]

Stunning New Leaked Document

by craig on Apr 4th 2015 in Uncategorized

A gentleman in a dark trenchcoat has just handed me this minute. I am not going to check the veracity of its contents at all, but I am rather going immediately to publish it. Mr Carlton-Browne, I had a phone call from that Peruvian Johnny. No idea what he was saying, some kind of foreigner […]

#Frenchgate: Definitely the Security Services

by craig on Apr 4th 2015 in Uncategorized

The Foreign Office has denied the existence of any such memo as that allegedly leaked to the Daily Telegraph, which has now published the full text. Reading it, I can say for sure it is not an FCO memo. That has led some to assume this means it is a Scottish Office memo. But there […]

UK Intelligence Services Attack SNP

by craig on Apr 4th 2015 in Uncategorized

The fake FCO memo has MI5 written all over it. This is the worst example of British security services influencing an election campaign since the Zinoviev letter. For those whose history is a bit shaky: The Zinoviev letter – one of the greatest British political scandals of this century – was forged by a MI6 […]

Whisper it Gently: Iran Played a Blinder

by craig on Apr 3rd 2015 in Uncategorized

Three months ago, I published this: “I remain hopeful that Iran will realise that there is a huge opportunity here. If Iran tactically backs down on its nuclear programme in the current circumstances, that will not be a defeat for Iran but a defeat for the neo-cons.” That is precisely what has happened. My own […]

It Didn’t Happen

by craig on Apr 3rd 2015 in Uncategorized

If you thought that Nicola Sturgeon repeatedly mentioned the waste of money – 100 billion pounds – on updating the Trident nuclear missile system, during the leaders’ debate, plainly you need to be committed to a state mental institution. It is unthinkable that Britain’s possession of nuclear weapons should ever be questioned on British mainstream […]

Appalling BBC Bias

by craig on Apr 3rd 2015 in Uncategorized

In 90 minutes of BBC coverage and analysis of the leaders’ debate on the BBC News channel, the single Scottish commentator the BBC have had on that channel – and he has appeared three different times – is the ludicrous Torcuil Crichton of the Labour Party (and Daily Record), introduced by the BBC as though […]

The Great Debate

by craig on Apr 2nd 2015 in Uncategorized

It is fantastic to hear austerity economics being challenged before a huge audience, who don’t normally get to hear it. Miliband, Cameron and Clegg arguing like they have never heard of Keynes – rather wish Nicola would mention him which might help frame the debate for some viewers. Farage one trick pony blaming foreigners for […]

Israeli Criminals No Longer Welcome

by craig on Apr 1st 2015 in Uncategorized

The state of Palestine today becomes a member of the International Criminal Court. This has a practical significance beyond the additional political pressure it piles on Israel. It means that in future Israelis will be liable to the jurisdiction of the court for crimes committed on Palestinian territory, despite Israel’s refusal to sign up to […]

Nigerian Politics

by craig on Mar 31st 2015 in Uncategorized

A monumental amount of naivety is being displayed by those heralding the election of Muhammadu Buhari as a new democratic dawn for Nigeria. I certainly hope that Jonathan’s concession does lead to a peaceful transition. But analyses which ignore the tribal factor are worthless. What has happened since 2011 is simply that the Yoruba have […]

Thoughts on the SNP Conference

by craig on Mar 30th 2015 in Uncategorized

I am campaigning for the SNP in this general election. As I am still locked away finishing my book for 95% of my waking moments, that campaigning has been desultory so far, but will shortly be more lively. I am vain enough to think that my talents stretch beyond canvassing and delivering leaflets, but as […]

Impunity

by craig on Mar 16th 2015 in Uncategorized

After such an extended break from blogging, you will be deeply disappointed that I restart with something as mundane and trivial as Jeremy Clarkson. I have defended the man in the past, because I much enjoy Top Gear and consider that much of what he has been criticised for in the past had been an […]

Amnesty International Conference on Torture

by craig on Feb 15th 2015 in Uncategorized

Honoured to give the keynote speech at Amnesty’s conference on torture in London yesterday. Then dashed back to Edinburgh for a very romantic evening with Nadira – and Cameron!

Wow

by craig on Feb 4th 2015 in Uncategorized

Bloody hell. Read this. Brilliant.

An Apology

by craig on Feb 4th 2015 in Uncategorized

I am so committed to getting my book finished I really don’t have time or energy to blog at the moment, and realise it has been very desultory the last few weeks. I am well and happy, it is just that writing a properly researched history is incredibly intensive. I realise there is much of […]

What About The English?

by craig on Feb 3rd 2015 in Uncategorized

The Labour Party supports austerity in England but opposes it in Scotland. If Labour were to win the general election, and also find themselves in power in Scotland’s 2016 parliamentary elections, there would be “new and higher” benefits in Scotland, whereas sanctions and cuts would continue to oppress the ordinary people of England. Indeed, they […]

Today’s Independence Rally

by craig on Jan 31st 2015 in Uncategorized

You can see me speaking 24 minutes in here. Can’t work out how to embed this one. It was literally freezing and the very small crowd was understandable. I think four hour rallies outdoors in Scotland in midwinter are somewhat optimistic. I think we also need to face that the high excitement of the referendum […]

Brian Cox

by craig on Jan 29th 2015 in Uncategorized

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 […]

Auschwitz

by craig on Jan 28th 2015 in Uncategorized

I was involved in the organisation of the 50th anniversary commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz, while First Secretary at the British Embassy in Warsaw. The 50th did not receive anything like the media coverage given to the 70th, of which more later. Senior British visitors to Poland invariably included a concentration camp on their […]

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