On the mean streets of Lundin Links

Sunday National, 25th July 2021. Any appointment to the House of Lords is guaranteed to rouse my inner Jacobin. The spectacle of Baroness Davidson of Lundin Links wafting to her red bench in full stoat coat, swearing to be “faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen” is the stuff revolutions are made … Continue reading On the mean streets of Lundin Links

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”

Sunday National, 4th July 2021. “Mr Tickle, governments do not go into court against each other, do they?” That was Tavish Scott, back in September 2015, scrutinising me unsympathetically across the committee room table in Holyrood. I’d suggested that ambiguities in the Scotland Bill – which was then slowly progressing through Westminster – had the … Continue reading “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”

Assisted dying: if not now, then when?

Sunday National, 27th June 2021. On the morning of the 28th of April 2016, in Troon, Ian Gordon killed his wife Patricia. The couple had been married for 43 years. Ian was self-employed painter and decorator. He stopped working to look after Patricia in 2015. She suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Her health was … Continue reading Assisted dying: if not now, then when?

There is political confusion over Lord Advocate’s role

Sunday National, 20th June 2021. Demanding six impossible things before breakfast is standard operating procedure for our politicians – but this week, the sense of confusion has been particularly intense. QCs Dorothy Bain and Ruth Charteris have been nominated to serve as the new Lord Advocate and Solicitor General for Scotland. They will be responsible … Continue reading There is political confusion over Lord Advocate’s role

Forget Kenmure Street: Welcome to Gormenghast

Sunday National, 6th May 2021. It was a week of powerful contrasts. The pictures and footage emerging from Kenmure Street in Glasgow on Thursday are some of the most extraordinary I have seen in modern Scottish politics. Denounced immediately by the Home Office as “a mob,” what fair-minded observers will have seen in the south … Continue reading Forget Kenmure Street: Welcome to Gormenghast