archive of posts from April, 2016

Can’t Keep Looking Back…

A lot of people are traditionally Labour because they’ve always hated the Tories and always will. These folk are going to hate having a Tory speak ‘for them’ as the voice of unionism, hate watching a new Tory PM come in they can do nothing about and above all hate watching the Tories re-elected in 2020.

And they’re not daft. With Labour a minor party of protest in Scotland and unable to win elections in England (ironically, their only hope is a deal with the SNP) they’ll want some control of their own destiny even if that means accepting the sad fact to them that the Scottish Labour Party as they knew it has essentially passed way. I remember the dejection of the SNP folk at my count in 2010 when they wondered if Labour’s amazing result (a swing towards Labour in Scotland) meant they’d lose in 2011. Then I remember everyone’s feelings at the 2011 count in the same Grangemouth sports hall as we all wondered what had happened in that 12 months to have such a radical effect.

Reflecting on it now, the thing which happened was that very 2010 result where Scotland overwhelmingly voted Labour and got a Tory government. That’s coming again in 2020 – that’s why I think there’ll be a fillip for independence after that election, running into the 2121 election and through a 2122 referendum itself.

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Conformity Isn’t Convincing

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Parroting A Narrative

[Ben] Rhodes, 38, [the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications,] said in the article that it was easy to shape a favorable impression of the proposed agreement because of the inexperience of many of those covering the issue.

“All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus,” he said. “Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

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Stuff & Nonsense #1185

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Sums-It-All-Up Schnippet

There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind…
Duke Ellington

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My iPod [25/04/2016]

Last Week’s Most Played Track:
Disintegration [live@Wembley Arena 22-23/07/1989] | The Cure | 1989

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Hell Of The Living Dead

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