Orcadian Columns

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

Orcadian Column, 16 November 2023

It seems the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak has decided the best way to prove he’s “the change” the country needs is by making former Prime Minister, David Cameron a peer and appointing him Foreign Secretary.

14 Nov 2023

Orcadian Column, 2 November 2023

Full disclosure: as President of East United FC, I struggle to manage the torrent of messages flooding in on the club’s various WhatsApp group chats. As so often, technology that promises to save time and make life easier succeeds in doing neither.

2 Nov 2023

Orcadian Column, 19 October 2023

It’s hard to put into words the horror of recent and ongoing events in Israel and Gaza. The murderous rampage and hostage taking by Hamas militants targeting a music festival and kibbutzim across southern Israeli was unspeakably barbaric.

17 Oct 2023

Orcadian Column, 5 October 2023

Happy retirement to MV Golden Mariana, which completed her final journey between Papay and Westray at the end of last week. Built in Devon in 1973, at 50 years old the Mariana was the oldest vessel in the Orkney Ferries fleet.

4 Oct 2023

Orcadian Column, 28 September 2023

The Prime Minister chose the eve of Climate Week to announce he was watering down his environmental commitments. With a general election due next year, Rishi Sunak has calculated that delaying targets will revive his party’s prospects at the polls.

28 Sep 2023

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