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Gordon Brown Backed Down Because He Was Scared of Losing His Seat to the SNP

(230) Comments | Posted 27 November 2014 | (08:59)

The last few days I have had a sense of deja vu. The Mary Chain have been rocking with verve and vigour, and it's been 1985 all over again - the Barrowlands had the roof removed over the weekend.

It's also back to dirty tricks time in the media this...

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SNP's Alex Salmond Has Been Demonised by Westminster for the Simple Reason He Is Smarter and Sharper Than the Opposition

(261) Comments | Posted 18 November 2014 | (00:27)

Wouldn't it be good if Cameron fought for Britain's interests as hard as Salmond fought for Scotland's? I'm sure Mr Salmond doesn't care what the English think of him as long as he gets the best deal for Scotland, and he has been steadfast in that resolution and belief all...

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The SNP Could Be Responsible for Another Highland Clearance at the Election - the Labour Party

(187) Comments | Posted 10 November 2014 | (17:24)

The nights are starting to draw in, the festive fare is already in the shops. Thoughts are turning toward the Christmas period, the Mary Chain are cabined up in their bunker, sprinkling the fairy dust on Psychocandy before touring. The silly season is nearly upon us. And this has indeed...

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The SNP Have Done More for Scotland in Seven Years Than Labour Have Done in Seventy

(365) Comments | Posted 6 November 2014 | (16:50)

As one door closes another one opens as the first minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond prepares to step down at the forthcoming SNP conference in Perth.

Love him or loathe Salmond, he honoured a manifesto pledge to give us our first referendum on the union in 307 years. It may...

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The SNP Are the Only Party Capable of Taking the Fight to Farage and UKIP

(116) Comments | Posted 30 October 2014 | (18:15)

So one of the Middle England broadsheets has said today that Nicola Sturgeon is as "annoying as Alex Salmond."

Scotland should not be dragged out of the EU just because English Nationalists demand it.

Yes, it's certainly "annoying" that Scotland refuses to be taken in by the loony drivel of...

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Gordon Brown and David Cameron Have a Lot in Common

(18) Comments | Posted 14 October 2014 | (22:39)

Cameron messed up enormously. At the outset Salmond wanted a three option referendum, out, status quo, devo max. Cameron insisted on two options, out or status quo. Because of one opinion poll his bottle crashed and he changed the goal posts by saying the two options were out or devo...

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Scottish Independence Is Coming - It's Not If It's When!

(207) Comments | Posted 11 October 2014 | (21:27)

The independence issue is only going one way. How long it takes will be decided by various factors.

The Red Tories are finished in Scotland. Their policies may have some rationale in a Westminster context, but in Scotland, no one wants to know, especially after the referendum.
The imminent...

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SNP Membership Now at 100,000 Members!

(371) Comments | Posted 6 October 2014 | (01:00)

Sometimes people need a metaphorical kick in the arse to fully dedicate themselves to a cause; in this case, the failure of the referendum for Scotland's independence would have been pretty much all they needed.

Who says we don't respect the decision? We just don't believe that the British government...

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Scotland's Stars on 45

(24) Comments | Posted 22 September 2014 | (01:27)

I don't really think 45% wanting the union to end is really a renewal. And with the other 55% mostly being close to exiting in the next 20 years if things don't get better for normal people what do you think may happen?

By the way, it's neither here nor...

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Vote Yes For the Future Kids of Scotland

(24) Comments | Posted 17 September 2014 | (01:00)

A friend of mine in Glasgow was late for his work last Saturday, and had to catch the train to Queen Street instead of Central as normal. He was thinking, 'I can hoof it down Buchanan Street, turn onto St Vincent and along down to Central'. Even on a Saturday...

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My Return to the Music Industry With My New Label 359 Music

(2) Comments | Posted 7 August 2013 | (01:00)

It's been a busy six months and there have been many revelations. Where to start? I have started a label called 359 Music with my old friend Iain McNay from Cherry Red. Iain has been around since the start; he signed my songs as a publisher 33 years ago. There...

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Embarking on Making My First Movie 'Kubricks' and My Possible Return to the Music Industry

(3) Comments | Posted 8 May 2012 | (01:00)

Well interesting times indeed, Sarkozy dumped and a massive swing to the right in Greece and the French election (just like our own) is sort of pointless. It is basically a rigged game to see who gets to tell the population the bad news! Although the Greece election is a...

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Kurt Cobain R.I.P

(18) Comments | Posted 5 April 2012 | (01:00)

Kurt Cobain passed 18 years ago and like when John Lennon passed, I was genuinely devastated.

I was also in bad shape at that point. I ran into Kurt on a few occasions with Teenage Fanclub when they toured together in 1992/93. It was around that time I first...

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I Don't Trust the BBC and Neither Should You

(66) Comments | Posted 21 February 2012 | (00:00)

I seem to have been in Wales for months now and as ever loving it. Serious hibernation mode has set in and because of that, in the last week I've managed to re-read the Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley, then yesterday Liber Kaos by Peter J Carroll and...

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Reflections on a Rough Childhood in Glasgow

(6) Comments | Posted 6 February 2012 | (00:00)

For the virtual complete silence I now live in now in rural Wales and city life seems another life time ago. This is where I have been in basically virtual hibernation the last four months and I'm loving it. However, I get about this month a little - weather permitting...

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In Favour of Drugs

(34) Comments | Posted 26 January 2012 | (00:00)

With all the recent talk by Sir Richard Branson about decriminalising drugs, it made me think about the three big moments in my life which changed me, or even (if you like) opened my third eye.

In November 1988, I was in NYC with a friend who was doing some...

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Joe Strummer RIP: 21 August 1952 - 22 December 2002

(5) Comments | Posted 22 December 2011 | (00:00)

Today sees the ninth anniversary of the death of a legend and hero to not only me, but a whole generation.

That legend was Joe Strummer - born John Graham Mellor - and his band was The Clash.

The Clash live were the most exciting rock 'n' roll band in...

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Phone Hacking: Why I Turned Down Compensation From News of the World

(2) Comments | Posted 12 December 2011 | (00:00)

Some good news to start off with regards to Dan Treacy of the Television Personalities. After being in a coma for five weeks, he has finally came round. His sister posted the following update on his Facebook page: "Fantastic news, Daniel is out of ITU and making great progress. Daniel...

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Why Would I Want to Own John Lennon's Rotten Tooth?

(6) Comments | Posted 20 November 2011 | (23:00)

Let's start with something for the record.

A couple of weeks back the NME published a story saying that I had sold a tooth of John Lennon's in an auction. It's a funny story, but it's not true.

They then also ran a piece regarding my...

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News of the World Phone Hacking Saga: If the Police Want To Get Serious, Bring it on!

(4) Comments | Posted 13 November 2011 | (23:00)

My thoughts remain with my good friend Daniel Treacy of the band TV Personalities, who is still in a critical condition in hospital. The family are keeping everyone updated as best they can. Patricia, his sister, posted the following update to his Facebook wall recently:

"There has been no...

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