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Thoughts on Greece

by craig on Jun 11th 2015 in Uncategorized

Greece’s debt renegotiation talks seem to have been rumbling on forever. Today we have a “crisis” as talks break down. That is the nth time this year, and it is easy to pall. I have not blogged about it much because it is an issue of such complexity that attempting to characterise it in a […]

Tolerance and Tim Hunt

by craig on Jun 11th 2015 in Uncategorized

You can’t tolerate that which to you is inoffensive. Toleration necessarily implies putting up with people who hold views or exhibit behaviour which you do not like. The hounding of Professor Tim Hunt from his University position is an exhibition of extreme intolerance. Brilliant scientists – which those who are able to judge say Professor […]

Ultimate Bliss

by craig on Jun 11th 2015 in Uncategorized

Through a kitchen accident I have discovered the joy of dissolving tablet in coffee. My life will never be the same.

Theresa May Condemns Majid Ali and Defies Scotland

by craig on Jun 9th 2015 in Uncategorized

Despite numerous representations and an Early Day Motion signed by the large majority of Scotland’s MPs, Theresa May has ordered that Majid Ali, a Glasgow City College student, be deported back to almost certain torture and probable death in Pakistan in just twenty minutes from now. I attended the demonstration on his behalf yesterday at […]

Save Majid Ali

by craig on Jun 7th 2015 in Uncategorized

Glasgow City College student Majid Ali faces torture and death if returned to Pakistan. Majid Ali’s brother and other members of his immediate family have been taken and I am afraid very probably murdered by the Pakistani authorities as part of their relentless persecution of the Baloch people and desire to wipe out Baloch national […]

Labour Call Unemployed “The Work-Shy”

by craig on Jun 6th 2015 in Uncategorized

I just read the Guardian’s account of today’s Labour leadership hustings, and they are not Tory Lite, they are Tory High Octane. Supporting Tory benefit cuts, calling the unemployed “the work-shy”, defending £9,000 a year tuition fees, supporting Trident and falling over themselves to reject autonomy for the Scottish accounting unit. But what I find […]

Hug an Orangeman

by craig on Jun 6th 2015 in Uncategorized

Back in 1979/80 I had an American girlfriend who I was taking to see Stirling when an Orange march (it was some kind of national Orange event) came through town. She had not the first idea what it was about, but she felt terrified and threatened and ended up in tears, despite being a Presbyterian […]

The SNP Membership, Not the Leadership, Must Decide on the Second Referendum

by craig on Jun 5th 2015 in Uncategorized

The policy of the SNP is that there will not be a second referendum on Independence in the next 5 years unless something material changes, such as UK exit from the EU. Why is that party policy? Because Nicola Sturgeon says it is. I am only a humble SNP ordinary member, for only four years. […]

Jeremy Corbyn

by craig on Jun 5th 2015 in Uncategorized

I have shared a platform at anti-war and pro-Palestinian events with Jeremy Corbyn on dozens of occasions over ten years. We have also worked together where Jeremy has been extremely helpful asking parliamentary questions on matters including Britain’s stance on Palestine at the UN, and the Liam Fox/Adam Werritty/Matthew Gould relationship. I would not call […]

Ludicrous Feminism Against Salmond

by craig on Jun 4th 2015 in Uncategorized

That the Tories and Unionist establishment would attempt to land a sexist smear on Alex Salmond for calling a woman a, err, woman, is unsurprising. That they are joined by a number of ludicrous feminists is unsurprising too. It is probably the case that it is a more frequent use in Scotland and Northern England […]

Poetry and the First Afghan War

by craig on Jun 4th 2015 in Uncategorized

I am still pruning back Sikunder Burnes to reach the publisher’s target of 180,000 words (which to be fair is more generous than modern publishers generally are). It is a difficult process, and it feels like deadwood and weak branches went some time ago, and sap is now flowing with a vengeance. Had I room […]

Serial Convictions

by craig on Jun 3rd 2015 in Uncategorized

For the second time in six months Edinburgh City Council has been to court and obtained a summary warrant against me for non-payment of Council Tax. On neither occasion was I given any notice of proceedings or any opportunity to defend myself. On both occasions, I had actually paid the tax before the warrant was […]

Coulson Lying is OK by Judge – to Maintain Sheridan Conviction

by craig on Jun 3rd 2015 in Uncategorized

Andy Coulson lied under oath, repeatedly, in the Tommy Sheridan trail. He has not been acquitted of lying. He has been acquitted of perjury, by the judge, Lord Burn who ruled that whether he told the truth or not would not have affected the outcome of the Tommy Sheridan trial. It is very important to […]

Charlie Kennedy

by craig on Jun 2nd 2015 in Uncategorized

I have known Charlie since about 1979. He was, and always remained, a brilliant, witty and very gentle man. His weaknesses were of the gregarious kind, one of many things we had in common. We first met on the universities debating circuit and in student politics. He became President of Glasgow University Union and I […]

Corruption Welcome in London

by craig on May 28th 2015 in Uncategorized

The FBI had somebody wearing a wire at the London Olympics to capture the FIFA corruption taking place in the margins. What were the British authorities doing? Nothing. Britain prides itself as having in London the world’s leading financial centre. Substantial assets, both financial and real estate, from FIFA corruption are located in London. But […]

Flunkies

by craig on May 28th 2015 in Uncategorized

They were too extravagant to be buttonholes. The SNP’s MPs wore elaborate corsages. The unextinguishable impression is that they were going the extra mile in dressing up as particularly obsequious flunkies chuffed to be appearing before Her Maj, herself bedecked with the Koh-i-Noor and other jewels gained by the rape of conquered peoples, and enrobed […]

My Friend Alistair Carmichael

by craig on May 24th 2015 in Uncategorized

It is no secret that Alistair Carmichael is a friend of mine. Not least because he told parliament so in 2005: “The Government’s signals to the Uzbek regime have not always been helpful. I am thinking especially of their treatment of my old friend, the former ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, who has done us […]

Born Kneeling

by craig on May 13th 2015 in Uncategorized

What comes out to me from the “Black Spider letter” correspondence of Prince Charles published today is how utterly obsequious Tony Blair and New Labour ministers were to him. No sign whatsoever of radicalism from the former “People’s Party” as they fell over to ingratiate themselves with the heir to the throne. I rather enjoyed […]

Update: Striking Hypocrisy

by craig on May 13th 2015 in Uncategorized

A government elected to absolute power by 23% of those entitled to vote, legislates that just to go on strike will require the support of 40% of those entitled to vote. Update I find further explanation is necessary. The government proposal is that not only must a majority of those voting cast their ballot in […]

Vicious Tories

by craig on May 11th 2015 in Uncategorized

We do not have a parliamentary system which can hold a government with an absolute majority to account, even when that government only gained 37% of the vote. This is a salutary video for all of us, but particularly my fellow SNP members who think that being on House of Commons committees will make a […]

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