Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has brushed off “dangerous” calls to re-open New Zealand’s borders to visitors. She said yesterday that this is “a world where the virus is escalating not slowing, and not even peaking in some countries yet, where cases exceed ten million globally, and deaths half a million, where countries are extending and returning […]

Pursuing elimination in Scotland requires Ardern’s single-mindedness


The stabbings in Park Inn hotel in Glasgow on Friday are an awful outcome of a system which breaks many of the people caught in its vice. Of course not everyone put through the savagery of the Home Office’s asylum seeker system and locked away in a hotel room for months goes on to commit […]

A terrible outcome of an awful system that leaves no one safe


It’s a sign of the strange and frankly deeply disturbing Twitterisation of political debate in the UK that Robert Jenrick is not sacked as a Minister for a classic case of corruption, while Rebecca Long-Bailey is sacked as a shadow Minister for sub-tweeting The Independent’s interview with an actor who she knows from her constituency, describing her […]

Racist policing is a systemic, international problem


Highland Council is teetering on the brink. It has been the hardest hit in the UK financially from the Covid-19 crisis in terms of cash lost per head of population, standing at £411 per resident, according to research by the BBC. The council is the fourth worst hit overall in the UK, with total estimated […]

Highland Council is crying out for a tax on land



Let’s start with the good news. One in every 200 tests are now coming back positive for Covid-19 in Scotland. From 32,021 tests in Scotland last week, 155 were positive, just 0.5 per cent. The WHO says tests should be delivering sub-5 per cent results for two weeks before lockdown easing measures are considered, so […]

Swinney’s gamble


Confucius said: “When words lose their meaning, people lose their freedom”. This may be over-doing it a little, but I know what he meant. Words are how we express the meaning in life, but if those words are degraded to the point that they don’t describe anything meaningful, then how do we express the truth? […]

When words lose their meaning