Bella Caledonia “The right to smear an opponent is not one we should be defending”

John Aberdien (the Vole’s old English teacher)  writes an excellent piece in today’s Bella Caledonia.

As Sir Malcolm Bruce (“He misconducted himself as a Minister”).splutters a truly dismal assessment of public office on live national radio, saying that if we were to kick out every MP & government minister out of the House of Commons who has told a lie it would be empty, John Aberdein examines the Carmichael saga.

via Bella Caledonia “The right to smear an opponent is not one we should be defending”.


Ma Hedgehog gets Radically Independent

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Vole’s old yamil, Ma Hedgehog sent this report from the Radical Independence Campaign Conference. Watch out Carmichael, she is coming for you.

A week’s a long time in politics, they say and it seems that two months or so is a lifetime in this case. On the walk towards Glasgow riverside on this November Saturday our pace quickened and our excitement mounted – there was something in the air. It was early, still only 9am and already the crowd was assembling, lit – up energised people coming together for the Radical Independence Conference 2014. The Armadillo was the venue, with a capacity of 3,000 – the event was sold out. Last years conference had been held in The Marriot Hotel with delegates numbering around 800, a good start. Now though, something wonderful was happening; you really would have thought we had won after all! Continue reading

A Blue Parrot and some Green Lights by John Aberdein

wind-in-the-willowsThe Vole is rather well educated and was lucky enough to be taught by the noted writer, John Aberdein who was kind enough to hand over this piece.

We’re now up to our ears, eyes, nose and throat in the most complex and dynamic phase of Scottish politics that any of us have ever seen. I want to freewheel with that metaphor for a moment because a) I was born before the NHS was founded; b) my life was saved in a fever hospital at age 5 by the NHS; and c) less than 3 months ago, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown – a man identified 100% with the party that as its most important, single, cherishable deed, actually founded the NHS – uttered such a pack of lies about its current and future funding that the Labour Party will never be trusted here again. The Labour Party chose to parrot the Tories in the referendum, and as a direct result has classically snuffed it. There it lies, blue-plumed, claws limp, on the foul sandpaper of its cage. Perhaps it misheard what we were saying about following the Norwegian model …

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