Where do we go from here?

I strive to write balanced posts whenever I venture into politics. I tiptoe cautiously, aware that kindness comes in all political colours and so does bigotry and self-centredness. I strive to have compassion for all, not just those who see the world through the same political lens that I do. But yesterday, I cried. Our general election results will almost …

Scottish Politics for Absolute Beginners

[I originally wrote this post on the eve of 2015’s General Election, which was for the UK parliament, but since it’s been getting a bit of traffic over the last few days (probably due to Scottish Parliament elections) I’ve made a couple of updates.] In Scotland, everyone is a Tory. In Scotland, everyone hates the Tories. (Maybe that means we all …

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Is Mental Health really a Priority for Politicians?

“1 in 4 people have a mental health problem. I want the NHS to work for people with a broken spirit as much as those with broken bones.” Those words belong to Jim Murphy, leader of the Scottish Labour party, speaking at the televised Leaders’ Debate – Scotland.  He went on to say that we need to remove the stigma …

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Racism and the Scottish Referendum

In the run-up to the referendum,  a lot has been written about anti-English feeling among some Scots. This has taken a number of forms, including Alistair Gray’s (and others) comments about “settlers,” incidents of verbal abuse during campaigning and rants against “Westminster.” However, another type of racism has barely been mentioned in referendum coverage. It is the racism by white …

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When Campaigning Turns Ugly

Why do you (in effect) support the UK-US military-industrial complex, which has killed many hundreds of thousands of innocents around the world, both directly and indirectly (which I can detail for you, if necessary)? We have an opportunity to weaken this entity considerably. On Saturday morning I found the above comment on a link to my last blog post (which …