From the daily archives:

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Extreme Monetary Policy: The Japanese Experiment

April 4, 2013

Amid the justified outrage and the tawdry and nasty attempts by Gideon Osborne to make political capital out of the tragedy of the Philpott case, perhaps the most important story of the day has got little coverage.   For that we need to look to Tokyo. Japan is, in many ways, the biggest warning of what […]

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#660: 1941, The Almanac Singers, Which Side Are You On?

April 4, 2013

Yesterday, in his piece reflecting on the new class war, George made mention of the divisions in society that Thatcher cleaved in the Eighties and Billy Bragg’s reaction to these during the Miners’ Strike, Which Side Are You On? Whilst Bragg‘s words were his own, that song was adapted from one written during another miners’ […]

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Great Political Speeches #1: Jimmy Reid

April 4, 2013

In these increasingly troubled times of social divide, perhaps it time to look back to go forward. A hero of mine, Jimmy Reid, the Clydeside trade union activist delivered a speech on his inauguration as rector of Glasgow University in 1972, that was compared at the time to the Gettysburg Address. It still feels particularly […]

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Orkney, Shetland and Outer Hebrides – The Qatar of the North?

April 4, 2013

As Scotland prepares to gird up its loins for the independence referendum campaign, it appears that the leaders of the councils of Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides have raised the proposition for home rule – for autonomy from both Westminster and Holyrood. And why not? Could natural resource rich Orkney, Shetland and the Outer […]

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