Ukraine Needs Peace – 8 December 2022

There’s undoubtedly great truth in the heroism of Ukrainian troops and their people. But there’s a limit to what can be sustained or endured. It’s one thing for President Zelensky to be bullish, it’s quite another for front line soldiers to sustain their morale or a people survive the civic catastrophe that has befallen that land.  It’s also quite another… Read more »

GRA Reforms – 8 December 2022

I’ve never been comfortable with the Scottish Government’s proposals on gender recognition. For sure, an updating of rules was required and transphobia is rightly condemned, some changes to legislation are doubtless appropriate. But self-ID has always caused me concern. Maybe it’s an age thing, or I’m just old-fashioned, but I share the concerns of many women’s rights advocates, even if… Read more »

East Lothian Courier – 8 December 2022

The Scottish Governments proposals on gender reform are proving highly controversial. Transphobia’s to be condemned and those who undergo the procedures to obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate must be protected. But I share the concerns that many women’s rights campaigners have about the requirement for protecting single sex spaces and the dangers of gender Self -ID. Call me old fashioned… Read more »

Cop Out – 1st December 2022

COP27 has been and gone but did anyone notice? Even Rishi Sunak wasn’t originally going until shamed into it. I struggle to recall though what he actually did there other than show face, which may explain his original reluctance. Other international leaders equally seemed to simply jet in and jet out. All very cynical and all highly hypocritical. It simply… Read more »

Supreme Folly – 1st December 2022

The Supreme Court ruling simply confirmed the supreme folly of Nicola Sturgeons strategy. With the World Cup ongoing the closest analogy’s having your goalkeeper, in the shape of the Lord Advocate, offer a free shot into an empty net. And how the Supreme Court blootered it in. Whatever possessed her to pursue that strategy no one knows. But a cunning… Read more »

East Lothian Courier – 24 November 2022

In Parliament last week I raised the issue of UK seafarers being laid off from an offshore wind farm just off our coast. The Minister seemed to be suggest that it wasn’t happening. But newspapers have confirmed that actually even more have been made redundant and in other ships.   The Tory Government say they’ll end it but that’s too late for many and lessons should have been learnt from the P and O debacle. We must benefit from this resource, not see… Read more »

The World Cup – 24 November 2022

This World Cup just isn’t for me. I say that as someone who has been a huge fan of the game and this must be the nadir of the beautiful and supposed people’s game.  Corporate greed and shameless corruption more like.    Would it be different if Scotland had qualified? A little no doubt. There would have been a bit more reason… Read more »

Unionist Arguments – 24 November 2022

There are arguments to be made against Scottish Independence, but I believe that both the opportunities that arise, never mind our peoples history mitigate against them. After all the real tragedy of Scotland’s not how bad things are, grim as they’re becoming for many, but how much better they should be, given the resource and talent available. Ireland and Norway… Read more »

Remembrance Day – 17 November 2022

The Remembrance Day Event I attended seemed busier this year, perhaps due to the unseasonal warmth, as opposed to some bitter days in years past. As ever, it was evocative and poignant, as poems were read and “The flo’ers o’ the forest” was played. Humbling and a privilege to attend. But this year I’d recently watched the Netflix remake of… Read more »


Reacting to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement Kenny MacAskill MP said: “The poor are paying the price for the follies of Tory elites.  The offerings announced today remain inadequate to address the harm already done with much worse to come. “The failure to fully compensate families facing soaring energy prices is a shameful betrayal of fuel poor Scots. When Scotland has abundant energy… Read more »