A sample speech written as if for British Prime Minister David Cameron, following the decision to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 1773 (protecting Libyan civilians). Continue reading
First published in The Strathclyde Telegraph, issue 7, Match 2011.
BRITAIN’S ice hockey season is going down to the wire as all three main prizes remain up for grabs. With only four matches left in the Elite League regular season the championship is still wide open, and just a single point separates the top three clubs. Continue reading
First published in The Strathclyde Telegraph, issue 7, March 2011.
ONCE again football has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons, with on and off-field antics moving the game from its home on the back pages to an unwelcome spot at the front of the nation’s newspapers. Continue reading
First published in ThINK: ELECTION (a supplement of The Ink Glasgow), March 2011.
ALMOST twelve years to the day since Scotland elected the first members of its devolved assembly, the country returns to the polls to choose the fourth Scottish Parliament. The vote on May 5th is more than just a regional election of minor politicians: With the UK Government set to devolve even greater financial powers in a matter of months, those returned at this election will hold in their hands an unprecedented ability to shape the direction of the country. Continue reading
First Published in ThINK: ELECTION (a supplement of The Ink Glasgow), March 2011:
CONSERVATIVES in Scotland could be forgiven for having a sense of dread about the upcoming campaign. In all three previous Scottish Parliamentary elections the Tories never won more than a 17 percent vote-share, have never been included in coalition discussions with either of the two largest parties, and continue to face life as the sole centre-right party in a country with a centre-left consensus. Continue reading
First published in The Ink, March 2011.
SEVEN weeks before voters go to the polls, Alex Salmond addressed his Scottish National Party’s spring conference on Saturday by staking a claim for a second term in government. Continue reading
First published in The Ink Glasgow, March 2011.
Life means life
Peter Sutcliffe has lost a legal challenge to a High Court order that he should never be set free. Dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper, Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder another seven. He was given 20 life sentences in 1981. Continue reading