PARLIAMENT’S OUT: Make sure the bad boys don’t return after summer

Parliament is out and the official General Election campaign has begun. Polls are steady and – in Alice Cooper style – predict that Westminster will be a school “blown to pieces” by the SNP this May. Today’s report focuses on a hotly contested seat in the Scottish Highlands, where a long-time Liberal Democrat incumbent can be found scratching his head …

YES and the Struggle for Hegemony

In common with many other people, the playwright Peter Arnott only really came to my attention as an important asset to the Yes-side with his electrifying essay for Bella Caledonia, “Dinner With No Voters“. His contribution came at a moment during the referendum campaign when Project Fear had really started ramping up operations amidst a …

“About” Chris Dawson

There was a remarkable moment during Channel 4 News’ coverage of George Osborne’s pre-election budget this week. The format for Channel 4’s budget coverage never changes; the formula is: hire a pub to broadcast live from, bring together one or two posh types with a few regular folk on middle or low incomes, and then …

Anger Management

Parents often tell their children about sticks and stones, in the hope that they’ll end up better able to handle the psychological pain which usually accompanies an insult. But few parents expect the result to be a child who grows to feel nothing at all upon having an insult thrown at them. Such a person …

Scot Tories field candidate for Highland seat – from Surrey

The Scottish Conservatives have selected their parliamentary candidate for North constituency Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross ahead of May’s General Election. They have selected Alastair Graham – who is head of a private school in Surrey and partner in a Devon farming business – to contest the vote against incumbent Liberal Democrat MP, John Thurso; Scottish …