I’M A BIGOT. I thought I should get that out there. I’m bigoted against Tories, and apparently that makes me a bad person who doesn’t want a Scotland that’s diverse and tolerant.  Substitute what you say about Tories with gay, or English, or women, or disabled and you’ll see how bigoted you are, I was […]

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‘Scotland is your home, and your contribution is valued’ EMPATHY FATIGUE’ sounds like the kind of malaise that sits alongside Gauloises and Garbo, a dated phrase from another time. Not something you would associate with a vibrant, modern society, one more globally interconnected every day. But Brexit stirred the pot and brought all kinds of muck to the surface, including the notion that people are […]

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We’re just a few weeks in, and already the Brexit process is going as well as a teenage camping trip in a slasher movie. We’re at that bit in the movie where the spurned former lover has laid traps and cut off the line of escape and is sharpening his machete while Theresa and her […]

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A TACTIC used by the Democrats in 2008 to take Florida from the Republicans could help the Independence Campaign win. Florida is a strange place. It’s a state of religious and political fanatics. The politics include actual Nazis, and the religions include your regular spread of Judeo-Christian, Islamic, and Global religions, but also American peculiarities […]

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‘Far-right politician being stupid and offensive about women.’ I KNOW, I’m as shocked as you are. Whether it’s calling women ‘sluts’, suggesting that wife-beating would ‘help bring many wives back down to earth’, or outright saying women shouldn’t vote, the far-right doesn’t have a great showing when it comes to equal rights. That’s why it’s […]

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By Paul Kavanagh It’s been an interested few weeks in the insanity that passes for politics in the Benighted Kingdom. Nicola Sturgeon stole Theresa May’s Brexit thunder by announcing that the Scottish government is going to press ahead with a bill enabling an independence referendum, and a couple of days later an enraged Theresa May […]

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