EX-MP Natalie McGarry broke down in tears as her fraud conviction was quashed. Court of Appeal judges in Edinburgh ordered the former Nat, 38, to face a retrial over claims she embezzled £25,000 from two pro-indy groups. … More RETRIAL ORDERED IN CASE OF FORMER MP McGARRY
Corbyn’s unpopularity with ordinary, non-ideological, people didn’t help and his party’s inability to take a position on the biggest issue in politics in this generation was a disaster. But something more is going on in Scotland. And in a word that is independence.
Working class people in Scotland, more than any other social gr … More LABOUR’S LOWEST RESULT SINCE 1910
Starry, starry night … … More BRIGHT MOON OVER THE LONG CRAGS
We are being subjected to a phoney war in which nobody – including Ms Sturgeon – thinks there is going to be a referendum “any time soon”. So what is all the clamour about? Is there nothing more meaningful to use the Bute House podium for than to pursue what is really little more than a prolonged stunt? … More BEST SCOTTISH POLITICAL PROGRAMME NEVER MADE
What lesson should the Government take from the results of the election in what is more and more dubiously called the United Kingdom? That denial is deadly. When the tectonic plates are shifting, the natural instinct of every political establishment is to pretend it’s not happening. But it happens anyway and by the time you come to acknowledge it, it is too late to try to exert control. … More THE UK HAS BEEN LEFT IN THE HANDS OF A CHICKEN STRANGLER
A final chapter outlines the awesome decline of the Catholic Church, not least because of the clerical abuse scandals and episcopal cover-ups but also owing to the rapid secularisation of society and alienation of young people as lamented by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. This book should be read alongside Seamus Mallon’s invaluable recent memoir, A Shared Home Place (written in conjunction with Andy Pollak). … More BOOK REVIEW by JOHN COONEY
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