25.06.20-

There’s barely a day goes by when I don’t offer thanks that I’m not required to home school. I am reliably informed by my sons that the feeling is mutual.

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11.06.20

“I can’t breathe”. The last words uttered by George Floyd before he was killed by a Minneapolis police officer with a knee on his throat are truly chilling.

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29.05.20

Mary Brown from Colligarth Cottage in Sanday turned 90 on Tuesday. This will not come as news to listeners of last Friday’s Radio Orkney Request Programme, which for a time resembled a Brown family takeover. Those who tuned in will have heard the first airing of a tune written specially for Mary by David Bowen but, sadly, confirmation also that the planned celebration in Matchmakers is on hold for the time being.

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14.05.20

This week it has all been about the message, as we witnessed the first real divergence in approach between governments across the UK in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

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30.04.20

I first came into contact with Dr Kevin Woodbridge in 2005, as I sought selection as the Lib Dem candidate to fight the Holyrood election in 2007. While I was able to meet most of the local party members face-to-face, the logistics of getting out to North Ronaldsay defeated me and so a phone call was hastily arranged.

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16.04.20

Nothing speaks more powerfully to the genuine heroism of our frontline health and care workers than seeing confirmation over recent days of the growing numbers who have lost their lives to Covid-19. Each tragic case lends extra force to growing concerns about the way in which personal protective equipment (PPE) has been made available to staff across both sectors.

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02.04.20

As Orkney confirmed its first Covid-19 case this week, almost the last local health authority to do so, let me start by again offering my heartfelt thanks to all those in our health and care services for the work they are doing. Much of it has been preparatory to date, but the pressures are now likely to start building significantly.

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19.03.20

To say that these are troubling times would be to grossly underplay the seriousness of the current situation. This pandemic is unprecedented in modern times.

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05.03.20

With news of Scotland’s first confirmed case of Coronavirus, and alarming predictions about possible worst case scenarios, all bets are off about what issue will now dominate the political agenda for the foreseeable future.

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20.02.20

At a time when our politics feels more tribal than ever, it is important to acknowledge the ‘good guys’ wherever they are to be found on the political spectrum. Kate Forbes, the newly-appointed Scottish Finance Secretary, falls into that category, in my opinion.

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