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
This is a piece I wrote for The Sunday Times 14:8:16
Two major British institutions confirmed last week, albeit subconsciously, they consider Scotland a separate country with its own distinct politics.
One was the BBC, the other the Labour party.i Continue reading Labour must embrace radical change on independence
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
Increasingly the phrase “I’m not a nationalist but … “ has begun to jar as another well-meaning member of the “Scottish left”, whatever that exactly is these days,
tells me they will be voting Yes in the referendum. Continue reading Not a nat but…
When Hibs and Celtic met for the first time in the Scottish Cup final back in 1902 not everyone was happy. Indeed many decried it as an “all Irish cup final’ of ‘impostors and renegades’. Continue reading If you know their history…
Prospecthill Road has proved a veritable Via Dolorosa for Hibs fans through the ages. Continue reading The agony & the ecstasy