FEAR IN 2019 – Face Everything And Rise

My first column of the New Year 2019 was delayed by a combination of gastronomic illness, the details of which are entirely inappropriate to share, and my wife Gail’s birthday. So even although today is the 6th day of January I will still take the opportunity to wish you all the very best for the year ahead and offer hope that your dreams and aspirations are realised. Remember always that basic human kindness and compassion towards others costs us nothing but yet is priceless. Judging people by the size of their hearts, depth of their integrity and sincerity of their […]

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“Remember No Man Is A Failure Who Has Friends”

I am writing under duress. I am under strict orders from my boss and harshest critic to lighten up this column. To be cognisant that it will appear on December 24th, Christmas Eve, and many people don’t want hard hitting politics at this time of year but some light hearted comment and chat. Those instructions are issued by my rock in life, my best friend, my inspiration and my most trusted and loyal companion. The woman I love and adore with all my heart. My school friend over the last 40 years, my girlfriend for 25 years and my wife […]

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“Pan Am 103 – The Truth Must Be Known”

Today more than any other day I implore you to embrace the loved ones you live with and declare your love for them. Contact those you do not live with and tell them how much you love them, think about them and care about them. Call your mum, dad, children, grandparents and others special to you but out of reach of your physical embrace. Do it and do it today. You see Jim and Jane Swire would give up all the riches on earth, all the money in the world, just to be able to pick up a phone and […]

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“I am out, I’m leaving” – Brilliant News from Lord ‘Self-Seeking’ Sugar

Good Morning Britain on ITV rarely inspires me to smile. The sound of pompous Piers Morgan pontificate endlessly about the only topic which interests him, namely himself, spoils your morning and can cause grumpiness to infect your day. Sadly the memory function on our telly means the cost of watching anything on STV the night before is his bullying ‘baw’ face beaming from the screen when you switch on for some news with your breakfast in the morning. Before I could rescue the remote control from Gail’s gentle hand last week to remove the egotistical and vainglorious buffoon from my […]

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Save Scotland from the British Union – Not Britain from Brexit

In a timelyintervention this week one of the Scottish National Party’s longest servingMPs, Angus MacNeil, sought to remind his parliamentary colleagues in bothWestminster and Holyrood that the SNP stands for Scottish independence and isnot the ‘Scottish Stop Brexit Party’ https://www.thenational.scot/news/17291135.the-snp-must-focus-on-independence-not-stopping-brexit/. Writing in The National newspaper on Wednesday, December 12th,Angus put the whole British Brexit mess in context for those of us committed tobreaking up the British union not saving it: “Against all of this, the SNP has to refocus and has to be clear on its demands, given the ruling from the ECJ (the European Court of Justice ruling that […]

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