Month: June 2013

Finding Reasons To Vote

I was delighted this week to see my friend Mark McDonald elected to serve the Aberdeen Donside constituency in the Scottish Parliament. The result itself was not the thumping victory some had predicted, and it was disappointing to see turnout…

Redefining gender post-independence

Gender issues have been in the media a lot of late.  In particular, the publication by the Sunday People of TV chef Nigella Lawson’s husband Charles Saatchi grabbing her by the throat several times outside a high-end London restaurant have…

Give and Take

As I write this the report commissioned by the Scottish Government on pensions and benefits is released by the welfare working group. By now many of you will have had a chance to read it. No wonder the Westminster government…

Free Speech

It is always interesting in the Chamber to see the reaction on the Labour benches when the SNP hits a raw nerve.  My recent speech, in a shameless Labour debate on student funding, was rudely interrupted to such an extent…