The SNP steps off the side of a tower block…

It is one of my favourite little parables which I use often, cribbed from the wonderful film La Haine. A man stands on the roof of a tower block and approaches the edge. He looks down to the street far below, and steps off. As he falls, over and over he repeats to...

Nic Transit Gloria Mundi

As the news broke of Peter Murrell being charged with embezzlement, I was on a video call with a young American graduate who had moved to Scotland a little over a year ago. She wanted to understand the barriers to faster land reform and I raised Nicola...

Things you should know about Edinburgh Airport

Right, I don’t have time for this today but I suspect nowhere else will just give you some quick facts about the sale of Edinburgh Airport. Let me kick off by pointing out that this is hardly seismic news – rather than a US company ripping you off and exporting...

Why we shouldn’t save Grangemouth

First published by The National At the start of a week in which the European Court of Human Rights found Switzerland culpable for failing to act on climate change, Scotland is debating the future of an oil refinery. Clearly I’m a strong believer in the need to...

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