A new Act of Union is needed to save the United Kingdom

Jackson Carlaw’s leadership of the Scottish Conservatives will not be remembered as one of the party’s high points. But while his personal qualities as a leader, a strategist and a communicator are plainly not beyond reproach, neither do they fully explain why he is stepping down after just six months in the job. Certainly, heContinue reading “A new Act of Union is needed to save the United Kingdom”

Letter to a Prime Minister in more trouble than he realises

Dear Boris, Welcome back to Scotland. It’s always good to see a Prime Minister travelling north of the border, even when he isn’t convinced there is a border. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy to see you and some nationalists even think you ought to have secured permission to come here. That is absurd, though noContinue reading “Letter to a Prime Minister in more trouble than he realises”

Sunak’s bailout billions mean tough choices ahead

Poor old Boris. He’s not even been Prime Minister a full year and already his replacement is being anointed. Rishi Sunak is the heir apparent, apparently, and it is not simply because of his largesse with the national credit card. His handling of the coronavirus recession has been impressive, not least for managing to keepContinue reading “Sunak’s bailout billions mean tough choices ahead”

Neil Oliver and Scotland’s cultural purge

After three years in the post, Neil Oliver’s decision to stand down as president of the National Trust for Scotland should be an occasion for sincere thanks. The television historian should be congratulated for his contributions and shown gratitude for his service to protecting and promoting Scottish heritage. Passion and public-spiritedness, both of which Oliver displaysContinue reading “Neil Oliver and Scotland’s cultural purge”