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  • Commentary

    A Profligate Junto

    Theresa May’s Alternative Burns Supper is a bold and wonderful act of absurdism, attempting to re-work Burns as a figure of Unionism. It’s a strange list […]

    23rd Jan'18 1
  • Housing

    A Modern Clearance

      ‘Belong anywhere’ reads the Air BnB slogan, which is odd given short-term lets are undermining communities and driving up house prices. Shortly after being […]

    22nd Jan'18 3
  • Commentary

    A Future for UKIP

    Brexit has broken the poor UKIP. As we write the current Ukip leader @HenryBolton (as of 15.15)  is currently holed-up in a hotel in Folkestone, said to […]

    22nd Jan'18 2
  • International

    The Importance of Afrîn

    ‘No friends but the mountains’ goes an old Kurdish saying, and as Turkey starts a ground incursion into Kurdish-controlled Afrîn in Syria, it seems to ring […]

    22nd Jan'18 0
  • Arts & Culture

    St Bride

      Random Art, an occasional series. As Madeleine Emerald @emeraldthiele [“Victorianist musings on Pre-Raphaelite Art & Angels, & other stuff in between”] points out the […]

    22nd Jan'18 3
  • Commentary

    Piece of My Heart

    Janis Joplin would have been seventy five years old on Friday. It seems impossible to think of her as ever being that old. It also […]

    21st Jan'18 0
  • Human Rights

    Trans Eorpa Express

    In responding positively to Shona Craven’s article in the National last week, I received a deluge of criticism, some valid, some perhaps less so. What […]

    Mike Small 21st Jan'18 5
  • Commentary

    The Curiously Absent

    Newbie National columnist, bon viveur and reknowned Peat Worrier Andrew Tickell writes: “£28,354 seems to unite every wing of our politics in unease. The figure […]

    Mike Small 19th Jan'18 23
  • Commentary

    Trump: Year One

      A year on and the Trump carnival continues. But how should the media cover Trump, and what does his Presidency tell us about America? […]

    Mike Small 19th Jan'18 1
  • International

    To the Editor

    The editor of the New York Times has done a remarkable thing. On the anniversary of the first year of the Trump ‘Presidency’, in ‘the […]

    18th Jan'18 4
  • Commentary

    Baron Knights

    The Scotland in Union ‘data dump’ raises a number of questions about the nature of the Unionist coalition, the power of conservative Scotland and the […]

    Mike Small 17th Jan'18 7
  • Journey to Yes

    A Sense of Britishness

    Here’s Journey to Yes 20 from Phantom Power with Nina and Craig …. Please watch and share

    Phantom Power 17th Jan'18 1
  • Commentary

    Lost Leader

    The list of senior Tories slated to replace Theresa May when she is finally ousted from Number 10 Downing Street is getting shorter every week. […]

    Jamie Maxwell 17th Jan'18 12

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