After boarding at gate 2014, we can do without this flight of fantasy

  Living in Scotland right now is a bit like waiting in an airport departure lounge. You’ve got the tickets in your pocket, Himself is already on his second G&T and the kids have suspended hostilities to gaze at their iPads. A fortnight on the Costa del Deckchair awaits, with no chores ahead of you … Continue reading After boarding at gate 2014, we can do without this flight of fantasy

Spitting lentils, even Patrick Harvie turned on Sturgeon

The First Minister was reeling. Under a raging barrage of questions, she ducked, twisted and side-stepped with all the grace of a gazelle at a beginners' jazzercise class. Try as she might to placate her interrogator, Sturgeon spun herself into a tizz and collapsed into her seat defeated. Dearie me, that Ruth Davidson can be … Continue reading Spitting lentils, even Patrick Harvie turned on Sturgeon

Thatcher took our milk. Nanny Nicola wants to empty your entire fridge

Until a few days ago, the only contentious opinions I held about pizza were: 1) Anchovies, please; and 2) Chicago deep dish is not a pizza. Call it an Italian pie, a tomato and mozzarella flan, an edible bucket of sauce, whatever you like – just don’t call it pizza. Now, as if she hadn’t … Continue reading Thatcher took our milk. Nanny Nicola wants to empty your entire fridge

The SNP’s Voldemort… She Who Must Not Be Questioned

How to describe Nicola Sturgeon’s performance at First Minister's Questions? Dismal? Too generous. Hopeless? Closer. Dunderheided? Yes… that’s about right. (Besides, using a Scots word probably entitles us to a grant now.) The First Minister dundered and blundered and chuntered her way through 45 minutes of the greatest hits of SNP failure. Education, health and … Continue reading The SNP’s Voldemort… She Who Must Not Be Questioned

Bloodletting at STV will sound alarm bells for BBC Scotland’s new channel

'A positive vision.' That is how Simon Pitts, STV’s chief executive, touted his decision to shutter the broadcaster’s digital channel, STV2. The loss of 59 jobs – 25 at STV2 and an additional 34 from news output – would ‘re-establish the company as a creative force in Scotland and beyond’. What Mr Pitts sees as … Continue reading Bloodletting at STV will sound alarm bells for BBC Scotland’s new channel