Stephen Daisley

Bring in the Gen X politicians!

6 September 2023 12:49 am

American politics has become a tug-of-war between two generations. Boomers (and those older) dominate positions of power even as their…

The rise of America’s anti-corporate populists

22 August 2023 9:12 pm

They are the Odd Couple of the United States Senate. She is a progressive Democrat and senior senator from true-blue…

GERS Day isn’t great for the Union

18 August 2023 6:00 pm

For a decade or so, GERS Day has been something of an annual gloatfest for opponents of Scottish independence. The…

Oliver Anthony and the snobbery of American conservatives

17 August 2023 1:36 am

If there is a right-wing cultural aesthetic in America, it is low-brow resentment. The old liberal-conservative tradition prized truth, beauty…

Arise! Scottish nationalists could soon have their first Lord

8 August 2023 2:25 am

It’s not every day a supporter of Scottish independence is in the running for a peerage, least of all from…

Locking up shoplifters won’t solve Britain’s crime problem

4 August 2023 3:04 am

The Conservative party has had an idea. It’s not a very good idea, but it’s an idea and those are…

Robin Harper is right: the Scottish Greens have ‘lost the plot’

3 August 2023 10:09 pm

Robin Harper, the first Green parliamentarian elected in the UK, has resigned from the Scottish Greens, saying his former party has ‘lost…

Tories shouldn’t deceive themselves over their Uxbridge win

21 July 2023 3:53 pm

Some Conservatives are going to take heart from the by-election results. They may have lost Somerset and Frome to the…

The liberal case for Nigel Farage

21 July 2023 12:20 am

After ‘it’s not happening’, ‘it may be happening, but for different reasons’, and ‘would it be such a bad thing…

I’m proud of my rip-off degree

18 July 2023 10:28 pm

Whenever the right gets itself in a froth over ‘Mickey Mouse’ degrees, I keep my head down. You see, I…

It’s time the SNP was honest about EU membership

12 July 2023 10:46 pm

There’s a school of thought that, since Scotland isn’t likely to become independent anytime soon, interrogating the SNP’s claims about…

Who’s to blame for Scottish drug deaths?

11 July 2023 2:49 am

Scotland is the drug deaths capital of Europe and changing that is going to take something radical. The Scottish government…

Humza Yousaf’s leadership isn’t dead yet

7 July 2023 12:18 am

If you just ignore the opinion polls, Humza Yousaf’s first 100 days as First Minister have been an unqualified disaster.…

The French Connection and the trouble with streaming censorship

24 June 2023 3:00 pm

We are ten minutes into William Friedkin’s The French Connection and we’ve just seen our two heroes beat the shit out of…

Emmanuel Macron should sink more pints

22 June 2023 3:10 am

Civilisation’s last line of defence runs through the Élysée Palace. Emmanuel Macron has been lambasted by his opponents for necking…

Is this Wickes’s Gerald Ratner moment?

17 June 2023 3:04 am

Big businesses are increasingly torn between activist leadership and a customer base that just wants to stump up its cash…

What good will locking up Carla Foster do?

13 June 2023 11:18 pm

During the Covid-19 pandemic, a 44-year-old woman, Carla Foster, unlawfully aborted her unborn baby. She procured the necessary drugs from…

Will Scots forgive the SNP and Sturgeon for the party’s legal troubles?

12 June 2023 9:50 pm

Nicola Sturgeon’s arrest by police investigating the SNP’s finances would seem to be a gift to her opponents and those…

Tucker Carlson and the danger of antisemitism

11 June 2023 2:38 am

Tucker Carlson is many things but stupid is not one of them. So when he describes Ukraine’s Jewish president (‘a…

How Pride lost itself

6 June 2023 1:39 am

I was in my fondly forgotten twenties when I made it to 53 Christopher Street, site of the 1969 Stonewall…

Millennials have no reason to vote Conservative

31 May 2023 5:26 am

For some time now, critics of the Tories’ strategy of soaking millennials to buy votes from boomers have been pointing…

The trouble with Netflix’s Queen Cleopatra

29 May 2023 4:00 pm

It’s the worst thing to happen to Cleopatra since that snake in the mausoleum. Queen Cleopatra is the second season…

Conservatives are blaming civil servants for their own failings

28 May 2023 5:38 am

Conservatives are once again doing what they do best: whining. By ‘conservatives’, I don’t mean conservatives in any meaningful sense,…

Nat Con won’t save conservatives

18 May 2023 1:39 am

Nat Con is the talk of Twitter, a dubious accomplishment for any movement seeking popular relevance. Progressives are having a…

The inconvenient Palestinians

16 May 2023 5:05 pm

His name was Abdullah Abu Jaba and I want you to remember it because it’s the last time you’ll hear…