Ius Naturale, Independence and Negotiation

Peter Curran | Posted 07.01.2012 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

I made my living for many years as a negotiator, in employee relations, then as a consultant and trainer in negotiation and negotiating skills. Negoti...

The Scottish Tories - set to vanish or be reborn?

Peter Curran | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

The Scottish Tories, by any criteria, are in deep trouble. They have one MP at Westminster, and his seat is now set to disappear. Without proportional...

An Ethical Dilemma for Cardinal O'Brien and Gordon Wilson SNP

Peter Curran | Posted 12.12.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

One well-established method to examine fundamental ethical questions is to pose imagined ethical dilemmas and discuss them in the abstract. Every stud...

The Defence of Liam Fox - a load of old Boles

Peter Curran | Posted 11.12.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran Nick Boles MP offered a fatuous and increasingly irascible 'defence' of Liam Fox t...

Sectarianism, Religion and Politics in 21st Century Scotland

Peter Curran | Posted 07.12.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

FACTS AND BELIEFS - SHARED AND PERSONAL Let's start with a few facts, ones that are accepted as fact - I hope - across the range of opinions on the s...

Megrahi, The Scotsman and the Unionists

Peter Curran | Posted 04.12.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

The Scotsman is in no doubt what the big story is today - Megrahi's death bed 'confession'. It puts confession in quotes, but it's a nod and a wink - ...

Clout, corruption, Capone - and the Neo-Scottish Unionists ...

Peter Curran | Posted 30.11.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

When I was a child in Glasgow, a clout was something I was regularly threatened with, and often received. Never from my parent or relatives, but often...

The Booze, sectarianism - and "a nice glass of rosé after work"

Peter Curran | Posted 02.12.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

The Herald and The Scotsman are both panicking about the SNP Government's measures to combat the twin - and related - Scottish curses of alcohol abuse...

Ed Miliband, Blair and the Blairites - and Channel Four's Dispatches

Peter Curran | Posted 29.11.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

I had hoped to bring you a YouTube video today, with Ed Miliband's conference speech bit on "I am not Tony Blair - but he's a great man", intercut wit...

The speed of light, variations on equations - and the High Road to England for Scottish MPs

Peter Curran | Posted 24.11.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

The speed of light is big news, thanks to the particle physicists at CERN and the Large Hadron Collider. I had a bit of fun with the LHC way back, bef...

The Purple Gang - Labour looks for its lost soul

Peter Curran | Posted 23.11.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

The Purple Gang operated out of Detroit, Michigan during Prohibition, running bootleg alcohol. gangsters and outlaws We've had Old Red Labour and Ne...

Racism, music - and the nuclear submarines in Scotland.

Peter Curran | Posted 22.11.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

Racism is an odd beast - laughable in its atavistic - and usually illiterate - certainties, but frightening in its possibilities. I've dealt with two ...

The People's Party and its troubles - British Labour

Peter Curran | Posted 25.11.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

John McTernan, king of the What Labour Must Do franchise, has accepted a post as director of communications to the Prime Minister of Australia, Julia ...

The M.A.D. Men of the Unionist parties

Peter Curran | Posted 18.11.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

THE FUNDAMENTALS The Scotsman is in full unionist mode today - it might as well have put the Union Jack on its masthead, given the space it devotes t...

More from the Cold Fried Labour franchise?

Peter Curran | Posted 18.11.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

What does a Scottish journalist or commentator do when real thoughts about Scotland's exciting and demanding political scene desert him? Why, he write...

Tom Harris, Calman - and toppling elected dictatorships ...

Peter Curran | Posted 16.11.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

My piece on Calman yesterday had an interesting sequel. Tom Harris MP - Westminster's answer to the danger's of a Scottish Labour UDI - having formerl...

Glasgow SNP and Labour, the end of Scottish Tories - and carpetbaggers ...

Peter Curran | Posted 04.11.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

I have had my moments with Gerry Braiden of the Herald, mainly over the reporting of the Dalmarnock outrages directed against the Jaconellis and other...

Michael Moore Posed six Questions to Scotland - But I Have one for him ...

Peter Curran | Posted 01.11.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

Examining Michael Moore's voting record,,_roxburgh_and_selkirk I see a principled man - o...

Oh for the Hazy, Crazy, Spinning Days of Blairism

Peter Curran | Posted 29.10.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

The former Labour spinners turned commentators are emboldened, having glimpsed a false dawn in Tom Harris, stalking horse turned into contender. John ...

Latest Brad Pitt blockbuster-"Last Tram to Hell"

Peter Curran | Posted 26.10.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

If you were a zombie extra in Glasgow recently, and are wondering where your career will take you next, look east, and shamble off to Edinburgh, where...

The Scottish Labour Leader

Peter Curran | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

The Labour Party don't have a Scottish leader - what they have is the Leader of the Labour group at Holyrood, whose only function has been to keep his MSPs on message and in line, on behalf of his London master, Ed Miliband, and the UK Labour Party.

Buddy, can you Spare a Dime? Will the Anthem of the '30s Return to Haunt Scotland?

Peter Curran | Posted 20.10.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

"... financial perspicacity and political perspicacity are inversely correlated. Long run salvation by men of business has never been highly regarded ...

Defining Scotland's Independence - the Referendum and the Negotiations

Peter Curran | Posted 18.10.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

I am one voter and one voice, and I can only hope that a majority of those eligible to vote in a Scottish referendum will share my position. I will abide by the democratic decision of that referendum.

The Riots in Some English Cities

Peter Curran | Posted 14.10.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Curran

Sunday, 14 August 2011 The riots in some English cities The title of this blog represents the only accurate locational description of what happened o...