The fox in the coop

The SNP contingent at Westminster has more than lived up to its billing of “stronger for Scotland”.  It has fought tooth and nail on every bill before Parliament thus far, always packing its corner for debates and motions and showing what representation should be. There’s of course been the rattling of the chains as well.  Things like nicking Dennis Skinner’s seat and clapping in the chamber are as much a sign of good humour and mocking old and defunct institutions as they are of disrespect. — Read more →

Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material: Review

Albums might be a dying breed in their traditional sense, but that doesn’t mean that one comes along from nowhere every now and again to knock your cotton socks off – and Pageant Material is one of them. I know what you’re thinking: a country album, really?  Darn tootin’ it’s a country album. This is Kacey Musgraves’ second studio album, after becoming a major star in the Nashville scene with her last one.  This one is where she’ll break through into the modern consciousness though — Read more →

True Detective’s Silver Season

TV just doesn’t get much richer than what HBO are putting out at the moment, and the crème de la crème for me is True Detective.  It’s dark, it’s slow but it’s so, so good. Season 1 will go down as one of the all-time best seasons of TV there’s ever been.  Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson made the murder mystery genre all over again with their amazing performances as Rust Cohle and Marty Hart.  The entire season was steeped in drama, with the story — Read more →

A bullying Budget

Chancellor George Osborne today delivered a budget that showed the striking cuts and welfare changes that the Conservative Government are to make over the next five years to trim the debt and deficit. But while the savings and the reports of continued economic growth might seem as though Britain is doing well once again, compared to our recent recession and the overbearing problems in Europe, this progress is coming at a great cost to many of the poorest and most vulnerable in the country. Unbound — Read more →

Greece’s bold step into the unknown

Greece did something remarkable yesterday; something that has either the potential to be a fundamental shift in the way that small countries are dealt with by the EU or something that proves to the killing blow for Greek aspiration within Europe.  What way the wind shall blow is anyone’s guess. The result of the bailout referendum was emphatic.  Polls released at the close of voting suggested No ahead within the margin of error, but the final result of 61-39 against the bailout showed that the — Read more →