The best wee numpty in the world

Sunday National, 6th March 2022. And so to Glasgow. This weekend, Scottish Labour is meeting in conference. A full year has passed since Anas Sarwar took over as party leader, and racked up the party’s worst ever performance in a Holyrood election. But all’s change. The font is new. The banner reads “Future.” Neil Kinnock’s … Continue reading The best wee numpty in the world

The concentric circles of our empathy

Sunday National, 27th February 2022. Quoting Neville Chamberlain is one of the conventions – you might say the clichés – of war reporting in Britain. When Germany annexed the Sudetenland in 1938, the Prime Minister notoriously described the occupation as “a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing.” The line … Continue reading The concentric circles of our empathy

A Very British Scandal

Sunday National, 20th February 2022. This week, the Welsh judge Sir Wyn Williams began taking evidence into what will prove to be the most widespread miscarriage of justice in British history. Between 2000 and 2014, 732 sub-postmasters and post-mistresses were prosecuted by their employer for crimes of dishonesty, ranging from theft and fraud to false … Continue reading A Very British Scandal