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About problemofleisure

Freelance journalist and retired councillor.

Progressive my arse

One of the on-going irritations of the Scottish independence debate is the claim by Yes campaigners that their cause is progressive whereas the No side is suffocatingly conservative. Against this, it seems to me that there is no progressive cause … Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher: Both our most successful free marketeer and the reason why liberal economic policies haven’t advanced for 20 years

Margaret Thatcher left office when I was eight years old. I remember watching Michael Heseltine, Douglas Hurd and John Major vie to succeed her and finding the thought of a man being Prime Minister deeply odd. That in itself is … Continue reading

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The Futureheads in Glasgow

The following videos are from an interview and session that I filmed along with three friends from my journalism course in April last year. The event took place in the Glasgow University Union while the building was closed for a … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Labour’s economic policy ahead of Ed Miliband’s speech on Thursday

He may have been banished to the backbenches two years ago but Gordon Brown still casts a long shadow over those sitting in front of him. The latest ICM poll shows 29% voters still blame Labour’s legacy for the current … Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s New Year’s Resolutions

In Nick Clegg’s New Year message he promised that “the Liberal Democrats will continue to anchor this Coalition in the centre ground.” It’s a familiar rhetorical theme that Liberal Democrat and Alliance politicians have wheeled out over the last thirty … Continue reading

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Two Gallants, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 30th October 2012

The audience for Two Gallants’ performance in King Tut’s were a literate-looking bunch. Spectacles and beards abounded, as you might expect amongst a group of people who’d come to see a band named after a James Joyce story. The impression … Continue reading

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Interview with Off!, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, 21st June 2012

“It’s like this big fucking hairy ball with rubber bands and staples and snow and it’s rolling down the hill and it’s going to crash into your house.” That’s how Keith Morris of legendary hardcore punk band The Circle Jerks … Continue reading

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