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My Sporting Saturday

A piece I wrote for The Herald commissioned by their sports supremo Stewart Weir, a man I’ve shared many a press box intimacy with, not least in the fox hole at Starks Park (May 2017).

ONE of the great mysteries of the universe, or my one anyway, is how would I have spent the 3000 odd Saturdays I’ve clocked up so far if I hadn’t been fitba daft. Continue reading My Sporting Saturday

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Scotsman May 8 Scottish Labour sleepwalk to disaster & how to wake up

Make no mistake about it Jim Murphy saw this coming, but it was all too little and too late. He was not alone.

The Labour party both in Scotland and at Westminster has been sleep walking towards this catastrophe for the last decade. What was remarkable was that Murphy, his advisors and so many in the party hierarchy did not catch on sooner. How late it was became evident at his inaugural speech as Scottish Labour leader at Surgeon’s Hall in Edinburgh last autumn when he appeared stuck in a 1997 New Labour time warp. Continue reading Scotsman May 8 Scottish Labour sleepwalk to disaster & how to wake up