Alex Salmond is Not Guilty – His Political Comeback is Assured and Welcome

Before commenting on the entirely predictable acquittal of former First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, on all 13 charges against him, which included attempted rape, sexual assault and indecent assault, at the High Court in Edinburgh on 23rd March it is absolutely necessary to remind ourselves of the context. “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and sounds like a duck chances are it is a duck. Now replace duck with witch-hunt and you have the essence of the ‘sexual harassment’ case against Scotland’s former First Minister Alex Salmond”. The above was the opening paragraph of an […]

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Name and Shame the Covid-19 Villains – Heartless Employers & Cheats

In the midst of the necessary self-isolation to avoid unnecessary social contact during the current Covid-19 crisis I suggest we all ensure we have notebooks and pens readily available to note down for future reference the companies and individuals we intend to avoid for their selfish, greedy and irresponsible actions during this difficult period. It’s important our decisions are fact informed and not rumour fuelled but the length of the list could be substantial. I invite you to send confirmed local examples after reading this column. Hundreds of images and interviews have profoundly affected me in this last week or […]

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Fight Coronavirus Together – But Demand a Better Society Afterwards

Columnists worry that their opinions and arguments can appear dated by the time it takes for comment to transfer from their own laptops to the forums they write for. A column written one day may be out of date a day later. That’s in normal times. In periods of crisis like now with the Covid-19 challenge the period of dating is accelerated tenfold. What you write now can be surpassed by events and announcements in a matter of hours not days as the whole coronavirus crisis ratchets up a few more notches each day. My timeless advice to all is […]

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Tory Austerity Cuts Have Left UK More Vulnerable to Deadly Covid-19

Mainstream media outlets and the mealy-mouthed politicians they manipulate like puppets are determined to suspend partisan comments in relation to the readiness of our public services and economic infrastructure to cope with the current coronavirus crisis. We must all pull together they say and park political differences for the good of the nation. That was the tenor of Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s presentation when he appeared on BBC’s Andrew Marr show today as he mimicked Johnson’s “national challenge” call of a few days earlier. The discredited and declining British nationalist tribune, The Sun, suggested Johnson was “evoking blitz spirit” as […]

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Coronavirus: Stop Panic, Clean Hands, Open Hearts

I feel compelled to comment on the coronavirus outbreak and the associated panic which appears to be sweeping several parts of the world. It is clear the line between firm and fact-driven advice to best protect against the spread of the virus and concern about under responding with accusations of not doing enough is growing more difficult to negotiate each day. What is absolutely imperative is we collectively listen to those doctors, virologists and researchers who actually know what they are talking about, and not to stupid newspapers and pathetic pundits interested only in selling more papers and/or creating more […]

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