26.11.20

With exquisite timing and no hint of irony, the Prime Minister celebrated National Anti-Bullying Week by giving full-throated support to his Home Secretary, Priti Patel who had just been found in breach of the ministerial code by a Cabinet Office inquiry into, well, bullying.

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12.11.20

Like London buses, you wait months for a proper good news story and then two absolutely belters come along at once. Hot on the heels of confirmation that Joe Biden had defeated Donald Trump for the US Presidency came news this week of a breakthrough in the search for a Covid vaccine. For some, such a rapid surge in optimism could see them reaching for the smelling salts.

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29.10.20

So Scotland, like England, is to be divided up on the basis of rates and risk of Covid infection. Presumably the decision to call these ‘levels’ was an attempt by the First Minister to avoid accusations her strategy had ended in ‘tiers’, though this did not stop the headline writers having their fun.

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15.10.20

There is no feud like a family feud. It burns more intensely, is felt more keenly and generally proves far more resistant to efforts at mediation than disputes between those with no such close ties.

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01.10.20

Alongside the debate about how best to balance the risks posed by Covid with those posed by the restrictions aimed at combatting the virus runs a related discussion over who has suffered most through the current pandemic.

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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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