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A Nazi Welcomed by the British Establishment

by craig on Oct 19th 2015 in Uncategorized

As readers know, in general I am opposed to the lazy characterisation of Ukrainian nationalists as Nazis, fascists or racists, because in general it is untrue. But some of them are, and one who undoubtedly fits the bill is the anti-Semite Andriy Paribiy, founder of the Social National Party of Ukraine. Paribiy will be speaking […]

Ancient Wit

by craig on Oct 17th 2015 in Uncategorized

It is my birthday! I had a celebratory dinner last night in the home of very dear friends from student days. whom I had not seen for decades. We regaled each other with stories of those long ago times, and for a while were young again. I heard again how I forgot about one of […]

Doh! Wrong Again!

by craig on Oct 16th 2015 in Uncategorized

I am of course immediately proved wrong The Conference just remitted back a motion supporting the Scottish Government’s land reforms on the grounds they are too timid. There is life in this Party after all.

The Art of Party Management

by craig on Oct 16th 2015 in Uncategorized

Am now blogging direct from the Conference Hall. We just had a fascinating insight into party management. The proposer of the motion on fracking, on behalf of Leith constituency, stated in her speech that their motion as submitted called for a complete ban on fracking, but that the text had been amended by the Standing […]

A Day in Aberdeen

by craig on Oct 16th 2015 in Uncategorized

I thought I would give you the high and low points of the SNP Conference for me on Thursday. The high point was the debate on nuclear weapons, and the unanimous vote on show of cards for unilateral nuclear disarmament. That was all heartwarming enough. But what really made my day was watching at close […]

Nicola Sturgeon is Wrong: Let Unionists Vote for Unionists

by craig on Oct 15th 2015 in Uncategorized

I am at the SNP Conference in Aberdeen and you may not be surprised to learn that I find myself in immediate and fundamental disagreement with the party leadership. Nicola Sturgeon in her opening address, as in media interviews yesterday, made a point of stating that she did not only want Independence supporters to vote […]

Political Economy

by craig on Oct 14th 2015 in Uncategorized

I am watching the debate on Osborne’s Fiscal Charter live on the Parliament Channel. The barracking and baying at Caroline Lucas by roaring Tory MPs making that weird public school hawing noise was quite astounding. She was making an entirely sensible point about the viability of government borrowing to fund productive investment. Listening to George […]

The Self-Appointed Elite

by craig on Oct 12th 2015 in Uncategorized

I am an unrepentant enthusiast for the European Union, indeed a European Federalist. I think the freedoms of movement of people and goods within the EU are the most profound political achievement of my lifetime, and have made the world a very much better place. I am therefore flabbergasted by the group of unpleasant elitist […]

Our Enemies Lie Before Us

by craig on Oct 9th 2015 in Uncategorized

William Wallace did not turn to Andrew Murray at Stirling Bridge and say “I am not fighting alongside you, I hear you’re hard on your tenants.” A declaration of interest. At the SNP conference in Glasgow in March I was feeling very down. Having been rejected at candidate vetting by the SNP leadership, and the […]

NATO: Crazed and Dangerous

by craig on Oct 8th 2015 in Uncategorized

Precisely why Russian action against Saudi Arabia’s proxy militias of fanatics is against western interests is something which nobody in the western elite seems to believe it is necessary to explain. That Russia is bad and evil and must be opposed is another one of those axiomatic beliefs of the governing elite, which they can’t […]

Leon Brittan vs Julian Assange

by craig on Oct 7th 2015 in Uncategorized

Young children are unlikely to recognise senior politicians. When young children are living in institutionalised “care” and suffering traumatic physical, sexual and emotional abuse they are likely to have only a very fuzzy recollection of places to which they were taken or the identities of people who were hurting them there. Thirty years on recall […]

The Disgraceful Far Right “Journalist” Stephen Daisley

by craig on Oct 7th 2015 in Uncategorized

I shall blog about last night’s Panorama shortly. But first I should like to draw attention to STV’s disgraceful Stephen Daisley, who I last mentioned joining in a mainstream media Twitter hatefest against me for revealing that MI5 were targeted on the SNP. Well Daisley has been at it again, this time with a seriously […]

Racism Works In the Tories

by craig on Oct 6th 2015 in Uncategorized

In every Tory leadership election since Thatcher, the bookies’ favourite has lost. And while you cannot easily discern where the winner would come from on the economic left/right scale, the authoritarian/libertarian scale is absolutely significant. In every single case the winner has been the Tory of the most authoritarian views, and the losers – think […]

Death Race 2015

by craig on Oct 4th 2015 in Uncategorized

Just between 2003-5, US forces killed 15 journalists in Iraq, the majority either Westerners or working for Western news agencies. The figure is from the mainstream American Journalism Review. 94 aid workers died in the Iraq conflict, according to Reuters. I don’t have a figure for how many of those were killed by the US […]

Off to Caird Square

by craig on Oct 4th 2015 in Uncategorized

I am off to speak at the Independence rally in Caird Square, Dundee this afternoon. (Actually I am assuming it’s Caird Square, but doubtless I’ll find it when I get there). It is vital that, amid the demands and distractions of humdrum everyday politics, we keep the goal of Independence to the fore in the […]

Lesson From Kunduz

by craig on Oct 3rd 2015 in Uncategorized

The destruction by US bombs of the Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Kunduz – killing doctors, nurses and patients – comes as a stinging corrective to the media pretence that Russian bombs are somehow uniquely evil and destructive. The West has inflicted far more damage in recent years. But the Russians also showed just how […]

British State Viciously Abuses Child Fantasist

by craig on Oct 2nd 2015 in Uncategorized

The sentencing of a 15 year old Blackburn boy – 14 at the time he committed his thought crimes – to life imprisonment is grossly inhuman. It is not quite as evil as the decision of the appalling Saudi regime to crucify and behead a child dissident, but it is recognisably a product of the […]

T Without Clumpas

by craig on Oct 2nd 2015 in Uncategorized

UPDATE Someone has today amended the Wikipedia entry for T in the Park to reinstate Stuart Clumpas as co-founder with Ellis. That is still not quite true – Clumpas was the founder and Ellis worked for him – but it is certainly much better. I appreciate this post is of limited interest to most people, […]

Corbyn’s Scottish Dilemma

by craig on Oct 1st 2015 in Uncategorized

Jeremy Corbyn held his meeting with Scottish MSP’s, quite literally next door to where I live. I considered wandering down to see, but decided the rugby was more interesting. Corbyn faces an unwinnable dilemma in Scotland. Kezia Dugdale is a standard issue Blairite, though thankfully too absolutely stupid to be dangerous. The advice Corbyn has […]

Bombs Kill Shock

by craig on Oct 1st 2015 in Uncategorized

After UK and US bombs have been devastating the Middle East for over a decade, killing certainly tens and probably hundreds of thousands of people, including many thousands of children, the media have suddenly noticed this morning that bombs kill an awful lot of civilians. But only Russian bombs, of course. British bombs are cheerful, […]

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