Category Archives: Press Release

East Lothian Courier – 21 September 2023


Last week in Parliament saw me raise the issue of public ownership of offshore wind. As the pillars and turbines become more visible both in the Forth and along the length of the east coast who’s benefitting. Of course, the skills of private firms and multinationals are both welcome and required. But there should also be an opportunity for both… Read more »

Servitude Not Slavery – 14 September 2023


A debates running on whether Scots prisoners were once transported into slavery or were sent to penal servitude. All the historical evidence shows it to have been the latter not the former and conflating the two’s both factually wrong and in danger of downplaying the heinous trade, and Scotland’s role in it. That’s not to say that the penal servitude… Read more »

East Lothian Courier – 14 Septmeber 2023


Parliament was dominated by the fallout from the crisis in public buildings with RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete). A real concern with parents understandably worried about local schools. However, it’s something where officials in the council have been ahead of the game for which they deserve great credit. It was before the summer recess that I was advised by the… Read more »



MACASKILL QUOTES BILLY CONNOLLY IN WESTMINSTER ENERGY DEBATE TO ASK UK MINISTERS “WHERE’S OURS?” ALBA Depute leader and MP for East Lothian Kenny MacAskill is to lead and open a  Westminster Hall Debate on “The Level of Public Ownership in the Offshore Wind Sector”.  Mr MacAskill will demand that the people of Scotland benefit from the profits generated by offshore wind, not the multinational,… Read more »

Drug Consumption Rooms – 12 September 2023


Drug Consumption Rooms, Safe Injection Rooms, call them what you will, it’s the same thing. A safe venue where an addict can be supervised and be safe in their taking of whatever narcotic they’re addicted to. It stops them doing so in the park, public toilets or even the street and medical practitioners and drug counsellors can both oversee what’s… Read more »

The Age of Oligarchy – 7 September 2023


Robert Reich who was Bill Clinton’s Labor Secretary recently tweeted that “three multibillionaires now own more wealth than the bottom 90% of America”. The term bottom 90%  a strange way to describe the overwhelming majority of the population but it makes his additional comment that “this is what oligarchy looks like” ring true. It’s over a decade since publication of… Read more »

East Lothian Courier – 7 September 2023


Parliament returned on Monday and so last week saw preparations for it. The issues this session remain much the same as before, with energy costs to the fore. There may have been a further reduction in the Energy Price Guarantee, but costs still remain higher than last winter where £400 was given to each household and from the year before… Read more »

Winters Looming – 31 August 2023


Summer’s passing with the warmest July on record but who knows what winter will bring and there’s little cheer for those worrying about energy bills. A further reduction in the Energy Price Guarantee trumpeted by OFGEM and by the Energy Secretary Grant Shapps is of course welcome. But it’s going to be a bleak winter for many and a cruel… Read more »

East Lothian Courier – 31 August 2023


Growing up in the 1970s means I’m no stranger to industrial disputes. All of us who lived through that era recall strikes not just in the pits but even then, in the NHS and Fire Service. There were issues and no one now would argue for a return to strikes called by a show of hands or the absence of… Read more »

He’s No Messiah – 24 August 2023


“How do you know he’s lying? His lips are moving” has been the cruel barb flung at politicians over the years. But with Sir Keir Starmer it is: “How do you know he’s U-turning? He is opening his mouth.” We know now, as was shown in his recent foray across the border, that Sir Keir is no Messiah. Instead, he’s simply a politician with no principles who… Read more »