The Colonial Overlords

mundellI thought after the elections that things would quieten down that I would be able to check Twitter in the morning and not start the day with “FFS”.

How wrong can you be?  Yes I know I should stop checking so early on in the day (and looking for a picture of Mundell didn’t improve my mood either.)

This morning I was greeted with this gem for the Scotland Office

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Once you pop…

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You can’t stop – as the ad for the addictive snack with no nutritional value states. That’s how I am once I start on the Labour Party.

I made the mistake at the weekend of venting slightly and so instead of dispassionately watching them slide over the cliff edge of irrelevance with fingers scrabbling for purchase, I am now constantly irritated that they are still making the same mistakes over and over and over AND OVER again. Continue reading “Once you pop…”

Ever decreasing circles

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The state of both UK Labour and its Scottish branch office has been written about extensively, and I have tried not to add to the clamour.  What with all the new faces on the lists for Holyrood, the behaviour at First Minister’s Questions yesterday and finally a peach of an article in the Huffington Post today, I can’t hold back any longer; I’m afraid this may be a long one. Continue reading “Ever decreasing circles”

“Don’t hate the media, become the media”

This was the last piece I wrote for AnyVoices and one I was pleased to do. I’ve been a big fan of the group and Kevin, who is possibly one of the nicest people i know. They are a great organisation, and I hope they continue to grow.photo 4.PNG

“We are citizen live stream journalists, people like you are us”

Sitting at a table in the Glad Café, I was pleased to have the chance to catch up with the self-effacing founder member of Independence Live, Kevin Gibney. The Glad is a integral part of the Southside community, and in itself a key player in the Independence Live story.

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Stewart Bremner meets the Cat

First of all, I did not pick the title to this. 

AnyVoices must have thought I hadn’t been making too bad a hash of writing as they asked me to interview Stewart Bremner. He still talks to me now, so I see that as a good sign.

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Thanks to the wonders of Skype I was able to sit and chat with graphic designer Stewart Bremner the other evening without having to face the joys of the Glasgow-Edinburgh train service. The downside? The fun of hearing the rain lash down behind me whilst he sat in the sunshine. I could therefore easily understand why Stewart has spent a large portion of his life there.

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Finding Hope For The Future

This was the first thing I ever wrote that wasn’t immediately thrown in the bin.

It was written last year for AnyVoice.co.uk, a site which is sadly no longer being updated. It’s a bit long (a bit!) but I had a lot to get off my chest at the time.

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If I had to classify my own identity then I guess it would be as an English Scot. Back when I lived in England I used to class myself as British (please, don’t shoot me yet) because I didn’t like how the ‘English’ identity had been appropriated by flag-waving right-wing groups. I’m not sure if this will be an “English point of view” on the referendum, but it’s mine.

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