Angus MacDonald, the SNP MSP for Falkirk East, has racked up an eye-watering bill of £77,038.86 over a seven-and-a-half year period on expensive Edinburgh hotels and meal expenses, figures from the Scottish Parliament show. The updated figure means that the politician is fast approaching £100,000 in accommodation and overnight stay...
The three MPs with the highest expenses claims are all SNP politicians, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority shows. In the 2018-19 fiscal year, Chris Law, Ian Blackford and Brendan O’Hara all claimed a combined total of over £760,000 in expenses from the UK Parliament. Chris Law, a staunch critic of the...
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The year is 2024 and a man with great hair is about to address the nation. The papers are already awash with pieces comparing the remarkable turn of events to that of the last time a barrister turned Labour leader stood here on the steps of 10 Downing Street....
An NUS leader has been at it again on Twitter, this time declaring ‘f*ck men’. This comes after a number of similar tweets stating ‘f*ck the police’ and the ‘economy’, which you can view here. Becky Ricketts, the newly elected President of NUS Wales, made the ‘f*ck men’ remark in response...
Recent tweets from three elected representatives at the NUS have ranged from ‘f*ck the police’ and ‘f*ck the economy’ to supporting children who want to ‘f*ck sh*t up’. Claire Sosienski Smith, the NUS’s Vice President for higher education, tweeted ‘stay indoors, f*ck the police’ shortly after lockdown measures were introduced...
The famous line, ‘every one percent unemployment goes up, 40,000 people die’ comes from the mouth of Brad Pitt in 'The Big Short', a film based on the true story of a group of investors who short (bet against) the US housing market. This is interesting, because right now governments...
True to their manifesto pledge, the SNP have steered through legislation that would grant voting rights to prisoners in Scottish prisons. This is a mistake. In a liberal society the imprisonment of heretofore free citizens serves three purposes. The first is eminently practical; to remove dangerous individuals from the population and...
If anything is going to take your mind off Dominic Cummings and a global pandemic, a reminder that humanity can still annihilate itself the old fashioned way should do it. Ukraine Following its annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia has been engaged in a multi-faceted campaign of undermining and delegitimising...
Tensions between mainland China and Hong Kong are spiralling out of control. Towards the tail end of last year, the Chinese government supressed with disproportionate vigour the pro-autonomy protests. The protests died down slightly since then but there has been a continuation of the independence movement until now. Thursday marked...

Political Comment

The sweet, sweet irony of the EU-AstraZeneca vaccine row

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This week, the EU apparently signalled a major departure from its previously held dogma on free markets,...

An Ode to America Lost.

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In the early afternoon of the 7th January 2021, a salmagundi of thugs, conspiracy theorists and neo-nazis,...

Be Kind… Or Else!

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It’s December 2019 and Caroline Flack tweeted: “If you can be anything, be kind.” By February 2020,...

Trump has lost the battle but is winning the war

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As I write this, the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election is not yet fully known....

A Response to Gerald Warner

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Earlier this month Gerald Warner explained on the Reaction website why Joe Biden’s candidacy for the US...

Biden vs Big Tech

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Often defined as the ‘Big Five’ companies of Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and Microsoft, the future of...

Schools Must Reopen And Unions Must Stop Interfering

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Yesterday, it came to light that a Labour peer, Lord Hendy QC, had written a memo to...

Why I Still Believe In America

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I’m accused regularly of being an American stooge, superfan, or patsy; or, to use the current Internet...