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?
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
Sunday National, 13th June 2021. When a DUP politician says “from my cold dead hands,” you don’t expect them to be brandishing a fistful of sausages. But there he stood, cro-magnon, recreational naturist and Member of Parliament for East Antrim, Sammy Wilson, under a poster bearing the legend “Ulster is British.” Sammy doesn’t want to … Continue reading Sausage Wars
Sunday National, 6th June 2021. Today is a blue letter day. While you are rolling out your copy of Seven Days on the kitchen table, I will be rolling up my sleeves at the NHS Louisa Jordan in central Glasgow for a swift Pfizer or sweet shot of Moderna. The internet tells me I’m on … Continue reading Covid’s intergenerational injustices
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
The Times, 14th May 2021. You often hear that complainers in sexual offence cases have “an automatic right to lifelong anonymity in the UK”. But this isn’t true. Not legally. Not in Scotland. Here, complainers have no right to anonymity at all. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, it is a crime to identify complainants … Continue reading Complainers in sex offence cases need full legal protection
Sunday National, 2nd May 2021. I’ve been saying it since the summer of 2016: Brexit drives a coach and horses through the prospectus for independence put to the Scottish people in 2014. The 2014 campaign was premised on the idea that both Scotland and the rest of the UK would remain in the European Union. … Continue reading Independence, after the coach and horses
Sunday National, April 25th 2021. Like the messiah: always promised and never appearing. A section of the Scottish media is always waiting to be wooed by the pro-union political centrist they can believe in again. Jim Murphy briefly wore the mantle – receiving a remarkably good press as the coming man and saviour of Scottish … Continue reading He’s not the Messiah
Sunday National, 18th April 2021. “The choice is basically this: Does Scotland want to be a small, independent nation, likely back in the EU but with new barriers to trade and travel with the rest of the UK; or does it wish to remain in the UK, with its own powers over some areas but subordinate … Continue reading Resisting the Restoration
Sunday National, 11th April 2021. If you know anything about Scots law, chances are you know that alone in the world, our juries can return one of three verdicts in criminal cases: guilty, not guilty, and not proven. But perhaps not for much longer. The Scottish Tories have pledged to abolish not proven in the … Continue reading Not proven?