17.09.20

Upholding the rule of law is your ‘starter for ten’ when it comes to being a credible government. If you are not able or prepared to defend that fundamental principle, it’s hard to see how you can demand compliance of others, whether that be the general public or international partners and adversaries.

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03.09.20


20.08.20

A "disasterclass".  This is perhaps one of the more printable descriptions of the UK Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson's handling of the A-level and GCSE exams fiasco in England over recent days.

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06.08.20

A year ago, Jackson Carlaw took temporary charge of the Scottish Tories as Ruth Davidson departed on maternity leave. Twelve months on and Ruth Davidson seems set to step back into the role to keep the ‘seat’ warm for presumptive leader-in-waiting, Douglas Ross.

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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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