Scottish Labour is drifting to a point of crisis. From its heyday at the turn of the century, the party has faced repeated humiliation at the ballot box from the SNP and more recently have fallen to third behind the Scottish Conservatives. And on their current trajectory that seems likely to continue. Yet at this point in time, the party and its membership face a turning point.

The increasing threat of the Scottish Conservative has largely grown from the leadership of Ruth Davidson, as she positioned her party at the centre of the political spectrum, and fiercely opposed to Scottish…


The election of Donald Trump sent a rocket throughout the heart of politics as usual in Washington DC. Not only was the complete outsider elected to the highest office in the land, he was accompanied by majorities in the House and the Senate with an unimpaired ability to create a conservative majority in the Supreme Court. The republicans had control as the country and the world braced for major tremors across politics, but in the grand scheme of things he achieved nothing.

He entered Washington in a similar state to Barack Obama did in 2008, the democrats too held their…


Dominic Cummings has risen to notoriety in the last few days, after declaring himself above his own legislation. While I could talk at length about the hypocrisy of the government guidelines and the ease with which he would have been able to find help in London and the fact that his touristy eye test definitely broke the rules, plenty have already done so and more will do so after me. What this scandal highlights is the complete erosion of accountability in Government.

Cummings built his reputation on Whitehall as a psychopath for hire. His rise would at times be stopped…


After a three month election process and a thirty-eight day voting period, today the Labour Party announced to the surprise of very few that Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner had been elected as leader and deputy leader respectively.

While the current situation is unprecedented and has shaken our political culture, as well as everything else in the country. It had very little impact on the results of this race as most votes were cast back in February when the ballots were issued.

Many in the centrist wing the party will celebrate these results as the death of Momentum and forcing…


As they race down the course, bouncing off walls and each other, there is something quite entrancing about the movement of marbles and their progression on each other and the clock. Jelle Bakker has seen this and seized upon it and now has more than six hundred thousand YouTube subscribers to show for it.

The high production value on his videos, through their professional level of graphics and the superb commentary by Gregg Woods, elevates the racing to a level of fascination that should not be possible through just glass balls and gravity.

His racing initially began with the MarbleLympics…


After Joe Biden storied to victory in South Carolina, there was a rallying around the centrist candidate as both Buttigieg and Klobuchar pulled out of the race and joined former candidate Beto O’Rourke in endorsing Biden. Why did they do this? While this remains speculation: it does not seem unlikely that a potential cabinet or VP slot was offered in exchange for the support. It could have been, however, simply fear of Sanders taking control of the primary race and becoming the nominee. For whatever reason they did it, it worked.

With ever state being mostly reported, it seems like…


After the traditional primary openers and majority-white campaigns in Iowa and New Hampshire over and done with. The race moved, over the past two weekends, to Nevada and South Carolina, two states that have significant Latino and African American populations respectively.

Whatever Democrat wins the nomination will be reliant on ethnic minority voters to form a crucial part of their coalition to put them in the White House and states like Nevada and North Carolina act as a crucial barometer to see which candidate will invigorate the most voters.

Nevada

In Nevada, there was little surprise as Bernie Sanders won the…


Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle sent waves through Whitehall as, among other changes, we saw the replacement of Sajid Javid as Chancellor of the Exchequer only three weeks out from what all reports are suggesting will be a fairly significant budget setting the tone for the next five years under the Conservatives. A change in one of the great offices of state will always cause some upset but the unexpected nature of Javid’s departure has caused extra problems throughout the corridors of power.

Along Whitehall — the UK’s Executive branch — there is a balance between the powers of government departments…


After the chaos in Iowa last week, the results from New Hampshire are shedding some light on where the hopefuls sit in relation to each other.

Bernie Becomes the Front Runner

After winning the popular vote in both of the two openers, Senator Sanders has made a statement of intent to his rivals. Yes, he received a lower share of the vote than last time but that is irrelevant due to the much more contested primary season this time compared to four years ago.

What has become evident is that the Senator from Vermont has united the left-wing of the party, with the disappearance of…


The results from the Iowa caucuses are in, sort of, and the results are becoming more clear. But what exactly happened in Iowa and what can we take from it?

The complicated way that Iowans allocate their delegates by using a series of more than 1700 public votes, rather than by a statewide secret ballot election, has already received criticism and in addition to Iowa’s lack of diversity, the state’s important role as the first to vote has been called into question.

This complicated system was supposed to be made simpler by an app to collate the results quickly however…

Fraser Innes

18 year old student at the University of Glasgow. Labour Party Member. he/him

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