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 →

12 Nov 2009
November 12, 2009

Labour in the Sun


The Sun’s treatment of Gordon Brown over his letter to Jacqui Janes and his subsequent ‘phone call, sought to tread a fine line between attacking the PM for alleged neglect of our troops and mocking him for physical imperfection. I’m not sure they succeeded. Moreover, many folk I’ve spoken with think that this newspaper seems to relish systematically.. read more →

07 Oct 2009
October 7, 2009

General Richard Dannatt


I was asked to make comment on BBC Newsnight tonight on General Dannatt . However, I was told not so long ago, by  the most insightful person on the planet, that my appearing on telly is for me a ‘negative multiplier’.  I often seemed arrogant and even hateful. A tough judgement, but right.  So I thought.. 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 →