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Scott Dickson

London based journalist with mobile app Clippet

London based journalist with mobile app Clippet. I muse on politics global and local, and all views are my own. Find me on Twitter at @sdickson91

Bombing Iraq Ignores The Real Problem

As one "War on Terror," draws to an end, so starts another. The upcoming withdrawal of British forces from Afghanistan should force our politicians to reflect, largely on the utter futility of combating societal and religious problems with bombs. Old habits die hard. Not having learnt that virtually every Western intrusion into the Middle East ends in disaster, parliament's acquiescence to David Cameron's demand that Britain join the fight against ISIS proves our foreign policy is created in a historical vacuum.
06/10/2014 00:10 BST

Fear of the Unknown Is a Good Reason to Vote No

The undeniable cynicism of justifying fear will leave itself open to detraction. But realism is better than wish thinking. So if you're voting No because you're scared of the risks, be reassured. It's a perfectly reasonable response to the wild unpredictability of separation.
17/09/2014 11:35 BST

Britain's Left Should Embrace Euroscepticism

The onus should now be on Europhiles to explain why they support this bureaucratic behemoth. As for Tony Blair, he has denied seeking the position of Commission President. But I say give him it. The prospect of having this old charlatan in power again would turn anyone into a Eurosceptic.
04/06/2014 11:20 BST

The West Also Holds Responsibility for the Events in Ukraine

It's a case of making your bed and sleeping in it. Why is anyone really surprised that Russia is intervening in Ukraine? The dully predictable outburst of anti-Russian sentiment in the media would suggest plenty of people are. Yet it would take only ten minutes on Wikipedia to be aware of the historical complexity of this region.
06/03/2014 15:46 GMT

Question Time Needs to Change

Watching <em>Question Time</em> is like witnessing a formerly smart child start to shove crayons up its nose. For something that was once intelligent, it scarcely resembles its past self. Rather than it being a show for serious debate, it has become theatre, designed to get cheap laughs and high viewing figures.
21/06/2013 10:25 BST

Salmond Has Got a Hard Sell Ahead of Him

Independence is a simple thing really. The ability to do as one pleases without outside interference. True, no country is truly independent in today's globalized world. But it is fallacious for Salmond is lead a vanguard suggesting independence would bring radical change to Scotland.
29/04/2013 15:48 BST

Student Associations Should Stop Taking Themselves So Seriously

It has been said that student politics is so bitter precisely because the stakes are so low. Nowhere is the truth of this adage this more apparent than at the University of Edinburgh, where this week, in an unprecedented move, the Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) took legal action against The Student newspaper.
08/02/2013 09:35 GMT

Do We Need Another War on Terror?

Cameron's words continue a worrying trend, demonstrating an eagerness to get involved in yet another region he knows little about, to eliminate an idea which has not been destroyed with might in the past, and to solve a problem which previous interventions have created.
27/01/2013 23:33 GMT

The Important Issue of the EU Referendum Is Being Debated Poorly

For all the seriousness that a referendum on the EU carries, the mind numbingly dull way in which the issue is being debated would suggest otherwise. Particularly guilty are those attacking the Conservatives for placing party unity above the country's interests.
17/01/2013 18:19 GMT