Ed Miliband

From Scotland with Love *

By Mike Small What a weird empty election campaign characterised by selfies, twitter-spats and endless debate about the outcome itself. Like the political equivalent of the mobile phone we’ve ignored the here and now for the somewhere else. Convergence, daily… Read More ›

A Sense of Belonging

  By Mike Small This morning Scotland is a pariah state, disenfranchised, with a proscribed party on the verge of a landslide victory. You think the union survives that? Ed Miliband last night effectively cut Jim Murphy loose by declaring… Read More ›

From Clacton with Hate

Mike Small asks Who are the narrow nationalists now? Remind us who the Death-Eaters are? Where is the denouncement of bigotry and prejudice? The noise from Scotland’s ‘silent majority’ is deafening. A few more doors knocked and UKIP might have taken Heywood… Read More ›

Back to Business

By Mike Small As Alistair Darling and Johann Lamont come together In Manchester to gloat and dwell in unpleasant self-congratulation, how are things going for Labour across the land?  Former leader Henry McLeish says Scottish Labour “are in danger of… Read More ›

Among the Atavists

By Jamie Allinson (republished with thanks from The Disorder of Things) If there is one especially lazy characterization among the many about Scotland’s independence referendum, it is the description of the Yes movement as motivated by ‘atavistic ethnic tribalism’ or… Read More ›

Bacon Roll Politics

By Mike Small Dear reader, as proof of my competence and man-of-the-people status I am heroically this morning eating a bacon roll. Georgia Graham yesterday reported earnestly to high-brow Telegraph readers: “Nick Clegg gave Ed Miliband a lesson in how… Read More ›

Labour’s Deficit Hawk

By Jamie Maxwell Will Gordon Brown’s increased presence in the referendum debate help stem the flow of working class voters away from the Union and towards independence? I’m not convinced. Yes, Labour’s vote rose in Scotland at the 2010 election… Read More ›

Hope and Glory?

By Mike Small I’m beginning to think there’s a connection between this weeks story about dogs shitting facing north and Unionist commentators output (presumably genuflecting south). Hamish Macdonell is on fine form squatting here (apparently someones had the temerity to… Read More ›

On Becoming Foreign

By Mike Small This morning on GMS Johann Lamont explained that she ‘believed in socialism’ but not universal provision. If you are feeling confused by Ed Miliband and Johann Lamont’s talk of, er, socialism, and his bizarre counter-factual account of… Read More ›

You are a Virus

By Mike Small ‘Zombie Nationalist accuses Democracy Movement of being a Contagion’. Okay, that needs to be filed under the heading ‘Headlines from an Imaginary Press’ but yesterday marked a new low as Johann Lamont littered her speech at Labour… Read More ›

One Nationism Unleashed

By Mike Small Our Kingdom recently published an article by David Rickard on English politics and identity. It’s an extraordinary piece (‘We can’t resist privatisation until we restore the national’) We are the nation referenced in the very name of… Read More ›

Do Nothing Eddie

By Jamie Maxwell Scottish Labour is fond of highlighting the regressive elements of the SNP’s economic policy. Alex Salmond has signed his party up to corporation tax cuts, monetary union (tying an independent Scotland to a “sub-optimal currency zone” which,… Read More ›

Candy Floss Unionism

Isobel Lindsay on behalf of the Scottish Independence Convention comments on UK Labour leader Ed Milliband’s speech today (Thursday) defending the union: “Ed Milliband’s candy floss message managed to avoid any real political and socio-economic content. When Scots, after decades… Read More ›

Scottish Labour’s Ratner Moment

Jimmy Reid began in the Communist Party, moved to Labour but ended up in the SNP. Latterly, whichever party he was in, he was fond of saying that ‘the rat race is for rats.’ But would he recognise the Labour Party today, or is it as Tom Harris says just less crap than the others?