Category Archives: Press Release

East Lothian Courier – 9 December 2021


Last weeks winds were frightening. My stairs roof was damaged and driving south to Newcastle for a train, the carnage of trees was obvious. For long Scotland’s climate has been a nuisance, even dangerous. But there’s one aspect in which it’s now a boon. Scotland has 25% of Europe’s offshore wind capacity. All across the county there’s evidence of offshore… Read more »

The Age of Repression – Scotsman Article – 9 December 2021


A dark cloud hangs over our democracy and it’s not restricted to actions abroad and taken by totalitarian or authoritarian regimes. Internal repression, as well as brutality, has been a hallmark of China and Russia. It’s grim and worrying, we know all that. But western democracy was supposed to be not just an alternative but a beacon of hope for… Read more »

A Different Perspective – Scotsman Article – 9 December 2021


It’s fascinating to get a different perspective on historical events. Reading the biography of Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuanian President who led them out of the USSR, his take on Boris Yeltsin and Mikhail Gorbachev was significantly different from the orthodox take. That’s of the former being a drunken buffoon, the latter a great statement who sought to steer the Soviet Union… Read more »

Neverendum – Scotsman Article – 2 December 2021


Well blow me down with a feather, Nicola Sturgeon says that the omicron variant may impact on a referendum. Of course, it will but it’s the world in which we live. Delta, Omicron and whatever else still to come are with us and here to stay for a while anyway. So long as 4.7 billion people remain unvaccinated in the… Read more »

East Lothian Courier – 27 November 2021


With over 20 years as a lawyer and 7 ½ years as Justice Secretary I’ve come across some legal absurdities. However, there’s been few as great as the ridiculous situation brought about by the Scottish Governments policy on gender self-identification. For now, in Scotland if a man perpetrates a rape but self-identifies as a woman, then the crime will be… Read more »

Shipyards – Scotsman Article – 25 November 2021


I’m usually very keen to laud job creation, especially in areas are scarred by unemployment. But the welcoming of the ship breaking yard at Inverclyde drydock causes me huge concern. The fawning sycophancy of some local politicians’ beggar’s belief. Of course, the area’s crying out for investment and work, but this is damaging to prospects for shipbuilding on the Lower… Read more »

Prison Policy – Scotsman Article – 25 November 2021


I doubt it crossed Douglas Ross’s mind when visiting the Drug Recovery Centre with the First Minister this week, that he was meeting the same people he’s been demanding locked up more often and for longer. Challenging wicked and depraved criminal’s re-offending’s one thing, vacuous chants of “soft touch justice” quite another. These aren’t heinous criminals, and the solution isn’t… Read more »



THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT MUST “COME CLEAN” OVER JUSTIFICATION FOR NEW LAW  ALBA Party Depute Leader Kenny MacAskill MP has sent a further letter to the Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone MSP challenging the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) to publish the justification for the introduction of new powers contained in The Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Designated Scottish Sites under Section 129) Order… Read more »

Labour Lacking – Scotsman Article – 18 November 2021


Labour’s ahead in the polls and perhaps more significantly there’s a pattern to them – Johnson’s unpopularity. But how much will that help Labour? There’s certainly merit in the old adage that it’s governments that lose elections. The corollary though is that oppositions have to look credible. In that Labour seems to be failing. Starmer’s strategy seems to be that… Read more »

COP26 Failure – Scotsman Article – 18 November 2021


COP26 has been and gone but what’s its legacy for Scotland, as well as for humanity. I was on the march almost a fortnight ago and it was huge, despite the weather and difficulties in accessing Glasgow. The train I was on busy with young and old, and from all parts of the globe. A train as busy as that’s… Read more »