Labour and Tories set a trap for Scotland as they vote against handing Holyrood power over universal credit
WE are all against tax credit cuts in Scotland, right? And being against them, we will do everything in our power to stop them, right?
Wrong, say the Labour Party . On Monday at Westminster , Labour voted with the Tories against giving the Scottish Parliament power over the system that will deliver tax credits in future – universal credit.
The logical conclusion is that Labour believe empowering the Scots is a greater evil than cutting a vital lifeline to low-income families.Read more
YESTERDAY was an historic day for Scotland.
Labour and the SNP united in the Scottish Parliament to vote against the renewal of Trident – on which a decision will soon be taken by the UK Government.
The main objection is moral.
A fully armed Trident submarine has 192 times the destructive capacity of the Hiroshima bomb. The world would not survive such a strike, so the bombs can never be used.Read more
IN NORTHERN European folk tales, a troll is a creature who lurked in caves under rocks. It is slow-witted, aggressive and harmful to human beings.
The modern usage relates to the age of the internet and, in particular, social media.
According to the Oxford dictionary, this kind of troll makes a deliberately provocative online post with the intention of getting a reaction.Read more
ONCE upon a time we talked about the redistribution of wealth.
Now it’s the upward distribution of wealth.
Once, most right-thinking people thought sharing fairly should be the aspiration of any decent society.
Now, those with most pay the least to the collective pot – because they have the tricks to hide their wealth.
And right-wing governments, like the one we currently endure at UK level, allow them to get away with it.Read more
But the mining and textile industries which once supported them have all but disappeared and, as my dad used to say: “You cannot eat the scenery.”
Then their luck seemed to change, quite literally with a gust of wind. Like most of Scotland, it’s blowy on the hills. Wind farm developers are interested in building turbines there.Read more
EVERYBODY deserves to get paid the living wage.
It is the amount calculated to allow workers to live in dignity – £7.85 an hour.
Unfortunately, it’s voluntary. Only the pitifully low minimum wage, set by the UK Government at Westminster, is legally enforceable.
Labour in government didn’t get it together to pay their own employees the living wage.Read more
THE night was not young and most guests had left the annual Politician of the Year awards of 2004 – a glitzy affair in Edinburgh’s venerable Prestonfield House Hotel.
I was the deputy editor of The Herald newspaper, sponsors of the event, and was having a nightcap with some of paper’s advertising staff in one of the hotel’s snug reception rooms.
We had spent the last 45 minutes outside in the cold November air after talk of a fire alert.Read more
MOOL is my word of the week.
It stands for “Massive Outpouring Of Love” and was invented by my friends Moxie DePaulitte and Tabitha Mudaliar to describe their charity drive to help refugees.
Like millions of other people, Moxie and Tabi were shocked by the photograph of little Aylan Kurdi, drowned with his mother and brother while trying to reach safety.Read more
IT’S now almost a year since the referendum. Inevitably, that means a bit of reflection and reminiscence.
I wrote dozens of columns during the campaign. They were shared tens of thousands of times on the internet and some were cut out and used by activists on the doorsteps.Read more
JEREMY Corbyn is just too old-fashioned to lead the Labour Party, according to his rivals. His are the ideas of the past.
That’s a bit rich coming from people who don’t appear to have a single new idea to rub between the three of them.
Burnham, Cooper and Kendall all came of age, politically speaking, under Tony Blair’s New Labour, which seems increasingly out of time.Read more
With almost two thirds of Scots set to vote for her next year in the Holyrood elections, Nicola Sturgeon could be forgiven for kicking off her glossy stilettos and putting her feet up.
But there is absolutely no chance of the First Minister reaching for the pipe and slippers – or even the prosecco and and fluffy mules – any time soon.
Because the 62 per cent backing for the SNP in this week’s opinion poll is absolutely no reason to go on slo-mo.Read more
MY VIEW on a second independence referendum is very firm.
I don’t want one to take place… until we are sure of Yes winning it.
What should be in no doubt is our right to decide.
That’s why David Cameron made a huge political error this week when he said he would not allow one to take place.Read more
SO Labour have sold the jerseys… again. By refusing to vote against the Tory Welfare and Work Bill at Westminster this week, they condemned hundreds of thousands of children to poverty.
Another core value bit the dust.Read more
NICOLA Sturgeon shot David Cameron’s fox yesterday – and how.
Facing defeat at Westminster, the Tories were forced, quite literally, to call off the hounds.Read more
IT was not a political party who created the Scottish Parliament – it was the people themselves.
It therefore follows that only the people should be able to get rid of it – to disempower themselves, if you like.Read more