I wrote this article for the Scottish Mail on Sunday and thought I’d whack it up for those who don’t:  a. Read the paper, and b.  Live in Scotland. Comments appreciated. Mail on Sunday click here once then a second time when the next link comes up to read my article. It’s a little slow, as there’s.. read more →

09 Nov 2009
November 9, 2009

Gordon Brown’s hand written letter


There’s something unusually unsavoury about the pursuit of Gordon Brown over his letter  to Guardsman Jamie Janes’ Mum, Jacqui.  A man of great moral strengths and some human weaknesses he’s the first to accept, he spends what must be an enormous amount of time over service casualties.  He feels the personal responsibility as deeply as any leader.. read more →

There’s an odd paradox at the centre of our present stance on the Taliban.  On the one hand, every minister, soldier, spokesman tells us that if the Taliban were once again involved in the governance of Afghanistan this would inevitably lead to the return of AQ there.  On the other hand, we are told that.. read more →

Kim Howells told me about this Guardian piece while we were waiting in the division lobby. The key question for us all to consider now, is whether, what we are doing in Afghanistan is the best way of serving our UK interests.  Kim suggests not: he says we need to put more effort into what we.. read more →

22 Oct 2009
October 22, 2009

A View of a Womb

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The BBC is running today with an interesting story about Womb transplants. Apparently, UK scientists have successfully transplanted the wombs of rabbits and think they’ve cracked how to do it for women. But wait, an expert from the British Fertility Society is being reported as noting that; ‘rabbits are different from women’.  It’s always important to.. read more →

06 Oct 2009
October 6, 2009

Afghanistan and General Dannatt


Former Army Chief, General Sir Richard Dannatt, is reported in today’s Sun as criticising the government over its level of commitment to the Afghanistan deployment. There’s no doubt at all that he was a very fine officer, yet ironically his words may have the opposite effect from the one he hopes to give us. On.. read more →