Defending a twit’s table manners

A word on the important matter of Twitter etiquette. Of course, Twitter itself is full of its own little rules and norms. But now it seems that there is a need for social norms to develop so that we know when it is acceptable to update Twitter. I find myself once again on the side […]

Scottish budget: I can’t blame the Greens

Scottish politics became exciting and sexy yesterday. Sexy as politics goes anyway. The excitement is over the fact that the SNP have failed to persuade the Scottish Parliament to back its budget. Cue lots of finger pointing. It’s the sort of thing that makes members of the public disdainful of politicians. I chose to listen […]

A warm feeling

Being of a (small ‘l’) liberal persuasion, I generally dislike the idea of governments sticking their noses into what goes on in your house. Indeed, I lean towards smaller government in general. But there is one nice proposed bit of government intervention that I’m struggling to oppose. The Greens seem set to use their status […]

Finding the common ground

In the wake of Kezia Dugdale’s retirement from blogging, and having noted the often poisonous atmosphere that pervades some of the darkest corners of the Scottish blogosphere, I think now is a good time for me to come out with an idea that has been floating around in my head for the past few months. […]

Rebels turning to the Tories

Erk. I had a big pile of things I wanted to write about. But a lack of time and a mild bout of blog depression have meant I haven’t been updating. I didn’t realise my last post was as long ago as last Wednesday, but there we go. Anyway, before I can get motivated enough […]

BoJo might be a bozo, but Labour is the real danger

It is often said that the most despised people in the country are journalists and estate agents. And while these people sometimes are indeed prize toss pots, there are two other professions that I despise above all others. Actors and politicians. Thing is, acting and being a politician is essentially the same job. They’re not […]

More on environmentalists

Since I wrote about the overblown approach some environmentalists have been taking, I may as well post about it again because two stories have caught my eye today. Firstly the nuclear thing. Today’s announcement from the government is probably the best news for the environment for years. Nuclear power is, after all, carbon-free (well, carbon-low […]

The new religion

I now know what they mean when some people say that environmentalism is the new religion. Thankfully the storm surge predicted at dawn didn’t come to much. It seemed like a different story last night. I was listening to Radio 5 Live overnight, and they were simulcasting with BBC local radio stations. (Incidentally, you can […]

I’m so lonely on this chart

I am in the run-up to a set of exams. And you know what that means. Lots of procrastination, although very little actual blogging. I have just retaken the Political Compass test. I have come out as: Economic Left/Right: 1.00 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.21 This is the first time I have appeared on the right on […]

My non-expert opinion on an actual expert opinion

Okay, this is my first politics / amateur psephology post in a while. Brace yourselves! Professor John Curtice has been making predictions, and I think the clearest message there is that Labour are in big trouble. I really like this cute Labour quote though: However, a Labour spokesman dismissed Prof Curtice’s forecasts yesterday. The spokesman […]