An absolutely remarkable and moving film produced in the final two weeks of Philip Gould’s life. His book, “When I Die: Lessons from the Death Zone” is published in the UK by Little Brown. Proceeds from the book will go to the National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Fund and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Click on the links to make a donation.
As psephological indicators go, the Any Questions audience is not entirely reliable. All through the 1980s audience members would applaud panelists who declared that teachers and nurses clearly deserved to be better paid, and if that meant higher taxes to fund those pay rises, so be it. But the applause of Any Questions audiences would not then be reflected in the votes cast at general elections. In fact, you suspected that some of those who had clapped the left-leaning guests […]Read more →
‘Forgive,’ urged Nelson Mandela after the battle against apartheid triumphed, ‘but never forget’. He might have had in mind the British Conservative Party. In very recent times its leaders have joined the rest of the world in seeing Mandela him as an almost saintly figure. But that was most emphatically not the Party’s history, as David Cameron himself acknowledged when, in his pre-election rebranding phase, he publicly apologised to Nelson Mandela in 2009 for Tory complicity in sustaining apartheid. It went […]Read more →
News Seats and Selections
After a long and controversial process, Falkirk CLP have selected their candidate for the General Election – and it’s Karen Whitefield. Karen Whitefield is a former MSP for Airdrie and Shotts, where she was Scottish Labour’s shadow Minister for Children in the Scottish Parliament. She served for 12 years as an MSP before losing her seat in 2011. Congratulations to Karen and commiserations to the other shortlisted candidates. The party will now be hoping to put the Falkirk selection behind […]Read more →
A new report by rail expert Professor Paul Salveson, commissioned by ASLEF, the Co-operative Party and the Socialist Environment and Resources Association (SERA), is set to ignite the debate about the future of the railway in Scotland. The report calls for a ‘People’s ScotRail’ owned by and for the people of Scotland; a railway which brings passengers, employees and communities together. ASLEF welcomes the Scottish Labour Party’s decision to consult on the future direction of its rail policy. The status quo is […]Read more →
Not long after taking office, Theresa May said that she wanted to end violence against women. Today that promise sounds very hollow. The government tell us it has a strategy. If we believe what ministers said at the last Home Office questions, they are having lots of meetings. What it certainly isn’t doing is tackling violence against women, ensuring that victims are protected and that the perpetrators are caught and prosecuted. The figures speak for themselves. Domestic violence […]Read more →