Where is our referendum on face-slapping?

Last week the SNP set out its legislative plan. The headline grabber was the long-promised independence referendum bill. Today I saw Caron’s post asking, “why bother with a referendum?” She has a good point. It is widely recognised that the result of any referendum would almost certainly reject the SNP’s favoured proposals. “Ah, but!”, say […]

Scottish Euro election results

A bit like the UK-wide result, but even more so, the result in Scotland was very static. In fact, in many ways, the outcome was totally predictable, and no seats changed hands. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t any stories though. Indeed, it was historic because it is the first time the SNP have got […]

Aftermath of the European Parliamentary election

The Europe-wide picture The consensus seems to be that, Europe-wide, it was a good election for the centre-right. It certainly seems as though the governing centre-left parties have taken a bit of a battering, while voters seem content with centre-right governments. Those of a socialist persuasion may well feel disgruntled. In the midst of an […]

Final thoughts on Glasgow East

Well, I say “final thoughts”, but really I mean “first and only thoughts” because this is the first time I’ve actually managed to find the time and motivation to write about tomorrow’s Glasgow East by-election. It’s difficult to know what I am hoping for. The party I am most sympathetic towards — the Lib Dems […]

On the dead trees

At the moment this blog is in something called ‘Blogworld‘ on The Herald‘s website. Apparently it’s a weekly look at what the bloggers have to say, but Google only finds three of them in the history of ever. Dunno if it’s in the print edition but it’s nice anyway. Also making an appearance are Alister […]

An apology

Last month I wrote: Sheridan will now forever be known as that orange swinger dude with the nipple clamps who spends his spare time being a socialist. I now realise I must apologise. He will actually be known as that orange hairy gorilla man who spends his spare time being a socialist. Every headline in […]

New York – Paris – Peckham

BBC News: UK protests over Israeli attacks Peace demonstrations against Israeli attacks on Lebanon are being held across the UK this weekend. … Demonstrations will be held on Saturday in 11 locations, including Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Manchester. … There will also be rallies in Exeter, Glasgow, Kirkcaldy, Newcastle, Norwich, Sheffield and York. WTF? Back […]

Alleged sexy wildman caught in a socialist party

I think I’m glad I’m not an SSP supporter. After a good half a decade of good progress, this past year or so has been disastrous. Now it seems as though they are going down in flames, with an additional little firework display for good measure just in case nobody noticed. When Tommy Sheridan resigned […]

Everybody wins!

You know, I really hate by-elections. Because everybody always seems to win. I mean, everybody. Labour won. Hang on, the SNP did. Oh no, it was a disaster for the nationalists. Good for the Lib Dems though. But the Conservatives are making progress. The Greens beat the Socialists! And the SSP… well… uh… I guess […]

Sheridan and Galloway

Scottish Political Junkie blogs about the Scottish Socialist Party, who haven’t exactly been having the best of years. It would be no surprise if the SSP imploded before the next Scottish Parliament election and Tommy Sheridan stood for Respect, the party started by George Galloway MP. Well things certainly sound bad for the SSP at […]