Orcadian Columns

Orcadian Column, 15 February 2024

Each Thursday morning, the Presiding Officer, DPOs and officials meet to prepare for First Minister’s Questions. It generally concludes with an informal sweepstake on what issues the opposition leaders will raise.

13 Feb 2024

Orcadian Column, 1 Feb 2024

The long wait for an Orkney Sports Award continues for me and Robbie Fraser after last Friday’s ceremony in the Orkney Theatre. Despite that disappointment, the awards remain one of my favourite events of the year.

1 Feb 2024

Orcadian Column, 18 Jan 2024

James Stockan’s announcement on Monday that he is stepping down from Orkney Islands Council caught most people by surprise, certainly in its timing. Indeed, the echoes with a similar, sudden resignation almost exactly a year ago are uncanny.

18 Jan 2024

Orcadian Column 4 Jan 2024

Coming into 2023, Nicola Sturgeon remained the dominant figure in Scotland’s political landscape. While frictions within her party were becoming more obvious and public, nothing suggested an implosion was imminent.

3 Jan 2024

Orcadian Column, 14 December 2023

Tattie picking pushes it hard but gathering kelp was comfortably the most unpleasant task I had growing up in the late 70s and early 80s. Child labour laws are more stringent nowadays, and kelp harvesting no longer takes place to any real extent...

12 Dec 2023

Orcadian Column, 30 November 2023

Hosting the star of the Great British Bake Off and getting my first taste of chairing First Ministers Questions made for a busy few days at Holyrood last week that took some digesting.

30 Nov 2023