Some lessons from the Fife Diet. In the face of the Brexit food crisis and in the year of Covid and COP-26 in Glasgow some reflections on what we should grow, produce and eat across Britain and beyond.

“Any truly sustainable food system that produces a healthy diet for people and planet must look very different wherever it is. A relocalised diet must be regional and seasonal, adjusted to the carrying capacity and conditions of place, it must be the opposite of the globalized food that knows nothing of season or soil.”

A sustainable food system will not emerge from…

As Robert Peston tells us that the latest No 10 intrigue of back-stabbing SPADS is the “A defining moment in the history of this government”, we commemorate the fallen not just of the First World War with annual Poppy Wars but being the first country in Europe to mark 50,000 dead from covid-19. Welcome to the Sunny Uplands.

As Parody Britain feigns solemnity Lee Cain and Carrie Symonds battle it out for your attention as unelected advisors and fixers slog it out, their dark arts slavishly transcribed by leaked memos and whisperings through Laura Kuenssberg and other media vassals and…

How should we respond to Joe Biden’s victory? In the most immediate sense there’s just a human response of unbridled joy and relief at the nightmare of Trump’s reign being over, and the reality that a racist bigot who is still attempting a coup d’etat of sorts is going to be ejected. But how good a campaign was it by the Democrats and what politics does he have beyond not being Donald Trump? We attempt to weigh the meaning and value of the US elections and where it will (and won’t take us).

First there’s the confused debate about how…

It’s easy to view this all as a Fairy Tale with a happy ending. Evil has been vanquished, good has prevailed. Joe Biden’s victory speech did nothing to dispel this idea talking of “restoring the soul of America” as he declared victory in front of a crowd of supporters on Saturday night. “America has bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice” Biden declared, as Trump imploded in a ball of sulphur consumed by impotent rage. …

American politics is strewn with dynastic legacy, from the sprawling Kennedy clan to the Clintons and Bushes and now of course the Trumps.

But if Eric, Melania, Donald Trump Jr, Ivanka and Jared seem to be more akin to the Addams Family* or the (late-80s) Ceaușescu’s — they are now appearing increasingly ‘bunkered’ (and more in a Führerbunker sort of way than a Mar-a-Lago sort of way).

“We were getting ready to win this election” pleaded Donald like a toddler whose balloons had been taken down and their party cancelled to the roar of his immediate family and employees “and…

It feels like a rhetorical question. It’s not entirely clear where to put the emphasis. Is it ‘Why IS our Union so special?’ Is it ‘Why is our Union SO special?’ Is it ‘Why is OUR Union so special?’ The question hangs in the air like a gas.

I mean we had the Poll Tax imposed on us and Thatcherism before that. We host Trident against our will and our land is scattered with the toxic detritus of the British State. We’ve had decades of government we didn’t elect. Scotland voted overwhelmingly in every region to remain in Europe. 96%…

It’s increasingly likely that the US Presidential election campaign may end in violence as the far-right militia that have been courted by Trump circle the failing tycoons political career. Tonight it was announced that a Joe Biden event was cancelled after armed Trump supporters threatened the campaign bus at an event in Pfluggerville near Austin, Texas.

At a rally in Lansing Michigan this week Trump jokes about Joe Biden being shot. Slurring his words he drawled: “Three weeks in, Joey’s shot, let’s go Kamala you ready?”

Ivanka has raised $13 million in a week for father’s campaign, Roger Stone is…

Douglas Ross’s emergence on the pages of the Daily Telegraph was a masterclass in bungled humility, a self-own of such wonderfully gigantic proportions it deserves a little attention of its own. As we head into deep dark winter we must cling to these moments and cherish them for all we can.

As the Covid-19 death toll passes 60,000 Douglas’s government at Westminster have been under the kosh for their hostility to footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign for the government to provide free school meals to hungry children during the holidays. The Tories have been engaged in a sort of involuntary spasm…

The current issue of the excellent magazine of poetry The Dark Horse contains an essay by Jenny Lindsay detailing her harrowing experience of being ostracized and ex-communicated from the poetry and literary world of Scotland for thought crimes both obscure and imagined. The piece ‘Anatomy of a Hounding: Fear and Factionalism in Scottish Poetry‘ raises significant issues about how we manage public discourse, the perils of (anti) social media and what kind of literary and creative world we want to have. In fact, strike that, it raises questions about what kind of society we want to live in.

The whole…

As the psychological impact of the virus experience lands heavier with every week that passes, both the immediate individual stress and anxiety, but also the deeper awareness of the global consequences, so too does the looming economic disaster. The same people who have been found out for their gross incompetence and criminal negligence in public health are also in charge of our economic destiny.

Much has been made of the ideological roots of the cabal that published Britannia Unchained: Global Lessons for Growth and Prosperity: Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Elizabeth Truss, and there is the…

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