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Has Labour gone full Tonto? by Chris McCusker

Now, more than ever socialists need to question their loyalties towards the Labour party under the stewardship of a knight of the realm. The treatment of Ken Loach & other ‘Lefties’ within the UK Labour party should have been predicted in the treatment doled out to Jeremy Corbyn. Whilst I had high hopes for Corbyn […]

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Holyrude: Episode 14 – “It’s Wild, Its Just Wild”

David (Twitter: @DavoMc82), Debra (@HeathPeaPict) and Brian (@WeeSociologist) discuss the latest events in Scottish and UK politics NEWS – Boris Johnson Visits Scotland – Labour MP Rails against Proportional Representation – SNP leader of Glasgow City Council lays out her (Thatcherite?) vision for the city – Ferry in near miss with Nuclear Submarine MORE TORY […]

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Obstacles to Indy

The result is a dumbing down of news, couched in hysteria. A sticky web of hopelessness can engulf us, leading us to believe that it’s essentially all our fault. That we are confused, and we want too much, or we don’t demand enough. The subtext, often with the help of (unannounced) politically motivated contributors and […]

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Holyrude Ungagged Episode 10 – Why Are They Such Bastards

David (Twitter – @DavoMc82), Debra (@Heathpeapict) and Brian (@WeeSociologist) discuss NEWS – Labour’s Indyref2 position – James Dornan tellling Jacob Rees Mogg he’ll “burn in hell” over the Immigration Bill – Universal Credit Cut – The UK Government disastrous plan to get rid of all Covid restrictions on 19th of July TORY CORRUPTION – Tory […]

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Holyrude Episode 9 – The Long Sad Rollercoaster

This week David (twitter: @DavoMc82), Debra (@HeathPeaPict) and Brian (@WeeSociologist) discuss NEWS – Are the DWP killing people through systemic failures? – Scotland would vote to keep monarchy after independence, poll suggests – Billions needed to protect Glasgow from climate effects, report says – Labour win Batley & Spen – Mhairi Black Pride speech in […]

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What and who will take us over the line?

We need kindness and compassion. Policies and manifestos are important, but we must use our devolved powers, and our courage to reflect our deeper values. We need a written constitution to underwrite them as a new nation when the time comes. An emboldened UK creeps up behind us as polls settle to pre-pandemic levels. A […]

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Holyrude Ungagged Episode 8 – Tories At It Again

This week… David (Twitter:DavoMc82), Debra (@HeathPeaPict) and Brian (@WeeSociologist) Discuss NEWS – Tory MSP encouraging people to breach Covid regulations! – A portrait of the Queen in every home! – Labour MSP supports independence referendum TORY CORRUPTION – Dido Harding to take over NHS England? – Matt Hancock Affair – Gove misuses Covid funds Music […]

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Holyrude: Every Term We Are Reshuffling

David (Twitter @DavoMc82) is joined by Debra (Twitter @HeathPeaPict) and Val (Twitter @ScribblingVal) as they discuss – Nicola Sturgeon’s confirmation as First Minister – The New Scottish Cabinet – Home Office Enforcement Vans spotted Around Glasgow – MPs debate Palace of Westminster Renovations – Scottish Government will now refer to the Covid-19 “Indian Variant” as […]

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No Country for Yesterday’s Men

Before battles re-commence it’s worth re-visiting the mettle of the woman who stated in her First Minister’s re-election speech ‘I resolve never to shy away from the tough calls.’ We’ve seen that, she’s still standing, and it’s a very hopeful start. We know that there are no real happy endings in life, but when Nicola […]