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

Complainers in sex offence cases need full legal protection

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