We’ve tried to negotiate on Brexit ... now it’s time to save ourselves

TO hell with this nonsense. I thought the UK could be saved from itself, but even I have to accept that it’s now a ship speeding towards the rocks and they’re not changing course. Since the EU Referendum on June 23 it has been a daily struggle to keep cheerful, but I have been kept going by a belief that, yes, we have a challenge, but I think there are solutions, so let’s find them.

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First published in The National, 14 March 2017

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The future lies in thinking local – while taking the international view

OSCAR Wilde said the US and UK were “divided by a common language” but the same could be said for Scotland. We’re a complicated place, and Hugh MacDiarmid’s “multiform, infinite Scotland” needs to be reflected in policy.

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First published in The National, 8th March 2017

 

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The face of how news is delivered has changed forever ... so here are a few tips for negotiating the new landscape

IT’S not just that social media has changed how we consume and use information, it’s the scale and speed with which it has happened. Time was, not long ago, you read a daily newspaper, watched the six o’clock news, listened to the wireless and counted yourself well informed. The BBC was trusted.

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First published in The National, 24 February 2017

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Europe will put the Brexiteers in their place as soon as Article 50 is triggered

LAST week was a rough one, I don’t mind admitting. Having to watch the House of Commons debate how, when and if the UK Government should begin the withdrawal process from the EU was horrible.

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First published in The National, 16 February 2017

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Countries that show Scotland can stay in single market even after Brexit by David Martin MEP and Alyn Smith MEP

IT seems trite to say it, but protecting Scotland’s, and the UK’s, interests as Brexit rolls forward is not a simple exercise. Brexit is complicated and the solutions and processes to fix it will be complicated, not least because we have seen so little clarity from the UK Government on what it wants to achieve. It is the time for those of us who can work together to do so across parties and borders to find solutions.

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First published in The Herald Agenda, 7 February 2017

 

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Why is a nominal border touted for Ireland but Scotland warned of a major barrier?

LAST week I was in and around Belfast to see how the Brexit vote is working in Northern Ireland.

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First published in The National, 07 February 2017

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An independent Scotland at Europe's top table

EUROPEAN stuff can be complicated and it is easy to get wrong, especially when there are a few folk actively seeking to misinform with a blizzard of half truths, errors, alternative facts and outright lies.

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First published in The Sunday Herald, 05 February 2017

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Our mongrel nation must find a way to argue for its beliefs

I WAS in Poland last week to deliver the Natolin lecture, and the place has gone from strength to strength since I was a fresh-faced Erasmus student back in 1995. We were the first year fully in Warsaw, and the air was fizzing with energy. The initial euphoria of the Berlin Wall crashing down and Poland regaining freedom from the USSR had worn off, and the hard job of building a nation was under way.

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First published in The National, 31 January 2017.

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The UK has to accept Scotland voted Remain or face the consequences

THE EU rose from the ashes of a devastating war where young boys and family men alike were sent off to fight and die because elite politics got it wrong.

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First published in The National, 25 January 2017

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Who is the best candidate to steer the European Parliament through stormy seas?

TODAY the European Parliament will begin the process of electing a new Speaker, or President. Usually this would not make waves in Scotland, but this time it could matter hugely to us.

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First published in The National, 17 January 2017

 

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