Just before hundreds of thousands across Scotland and the UK cheered on the NHS last night, I had a conversation with a nurse in Glasgow working in the emergency department, i.e. on the COVID-19 frontline. She told me that “colleagues are writing wills and getting life insurance in order”. They’ve still not been tested, though there […]

The real face of Lord Kitchener


There are signs of some positive steps in the Scottish Government’s approach to this crisis which hopefully bode well. The setting up of an independent expert group separate from the UK Government, which will at the moment “supplement” the UK-wide expert advice but could ultimately lead to different policies being taken in Scotland, sounds like […]

The work dilemma




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An important study was published yesterday from Bristol University on the possible economic repercussions of the Coronavirus lockdown. It found that a fall in GDP of more than 6.4 per cent could lead to more deaths than will be saved through beating the virus. “I’m worried that in order to solve one problem we’d create a bigger […]

It’s our health, or their markets




The lockdown is on. The government has finally done what should have happened weeks ago. Now we are running to catch-up, and the government has to run much faster. Both governments, I should say. The Scottish Government has acted in unity with the UK Government, and as such has also been utterly inadequate so far. Without doubt […]

Lockdown: Why citizens must hold government to account