archive of posts from May, 2016

My iPod [30/05/2016]

Last Week’s Most Played Track:
You Do | McAlmont & Butler | 1995

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My iPod [23/05/2016]

Last Week’s Most Played Track:
Rockin’ In Rhythm | The Jungle Band | 1931

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My iPod [16/05/2016]

Last Week’s Most Played Track:
You’re the Biggest Thing in My Life | The Appletree Theatre | 1967

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They Said Again Schnippets

As Alan Bissett points out, nowhere does he take responsibility. It’s always someone else’s fault. This is classic denial and deflection which has afflicted Labour for a decade. They’re like an amateur boxer getting skelped rigid, telling himself after every punch that he’s still standing and it’ll stop soon. But it doesn’t, until he’s carted off to the infirmary. The stupidity is staggering. They haven’t even learned to duck. When you combine it with their disbelief and resentment at others, it fuels a poisonous gas that the whole of Scotland can smell. We shut our windows and call the children in.

Derek Bateman more »

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My iPod [09/05/2016]

Last Week’s Most Played Track:
Yellow Submarine | Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat | 2012

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Missed Messages

… last night’s result takes independence off the table for at least five years. Not, despite the claims of the Tory press, for any kind of “moral” reason – more Scots voted for pro-independence parties than ever before – but for a bunch of political ones.

The outcome of the 2016 Scottish Parliament election will be recorded as a victory for the SNP, and it unquestionably was. For all that it lost its majority (ultimately by just a few hundred votes) and sacrificed a small handful of seats, the party’s grip on power has only been cemented. Its historic rival was utterly routed, with no detectable road to recovery, and the new opposition is no threat. The Nats became the first party to win three Holyrood terms in a row, and few if any would bet against a fourth.

But for the independence movement the SNP leads… it may be that delaying a second referendum will be the best thing in the long run, but if the rest of the UK does vote to leave the EU next month, it may yet be a day that supporters of independence will come to rue for a lifetime.

Rev. Stuart Campbell more »

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… Pass A Hat Round For A Headstone!

The big losers are Labour. What’s left of Labour needs to reflect on its ruination. For the first time in over 100 years it looks like they’ve been pushed into third place. If they really believe in the progressive politics they claim to stand for, they need to face up to the reality that Scottish politics is now a contest between a social democratic independence or a reactionary conservative unionism. There can only be one winner in the longer term. Either we lose our NHS, our public services, our free education, and become a glorified nuclear arms dump full of part time workers on zero hours contracts struggling with low wages and ever decreasing rights, or the Union is over. That’s the choice facing Scotland, that’s the choice facing Labour. It’s that stark.

weegingerdug more »

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