@caronmlindsay has just alerted me to the fact that Scottish Roundup and has just published the result of a wee vote they’ve run on scottish Political blogs. I’m on it at no.6. Fair enough, my colleague Tom Harris is at 4 but you can’t have everything.  I’m pretty chuffed, actually.  Thank you very much to folk.. read more →

I have an imac and an iphone and find it hard not to be anything other than really enthustiastic about Steve Jobs and ipad. But I’m surprised with Stephen Fry’s posts on Twitter about imac this evening. Why? Stephen Fry is a national treasure; a TV polymath for the ‘Countdown age’. He remembers lots of.. read more →

23 Jan 2010
January 23, 2010

Vodka stats and the Scots

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A lot of media outlets have this week covered a story that adult Scots drink an average of nearly one bottle of Vodka, or nearly three bottles of wine, per week each.  That’s apparently a lot more than in England, so everyone there is having a giant laugh about alchie Scots today. This story is.. read more →

I received a lot of emails on the back of my last blog post about last week’s failed leadership coup by Geoff Hoon and Pat Hewitt.  Thanks for those. You can also listen to more of what I said about it on R4’s Today program. The Scotland on Sunday asked me to write a piece on the.. read more →

06 Jan 2010
January 6, 2010

So, who were The Chickens?

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Thought I’d share a few thoughts about today’s wee excitement. Pat Hewitt and Geoff Hoon sent out an email laying out their thoughts about the need for a ‘clearing of the air’ by the means of a Parliamentary Labour Party vote of confidence, or otherwise, in Gordon.  No, they wanted him to go.  There was.. read more →

05 Jan 2010
January 5, 2010

A Bit More about Chinook Crash

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Having read today’s papers on the Chinook crash (e.g. Michael Settle’s piece in the Herald), I thought I’d post a short follow on comment from my blogpost of yesterday (see below). First off, if I were Mike Tapper, the father of pilot Jonathan Tapper who was tragically killed in the crash, I’m pretty sure that.. read more →

I served as an Army staff officer in Northern Ireland in the early 90’s and left shortly before the 1994 Chinook helicopter crash at the Mull of Kintyre , in the news today , claimed the lives of  29 intelligence personnel and aircrew.  The scale of the tragedy was such that many of us serving.. read more →