UK Politics
13 June 2005
For more than a century, Scotland nurtured migratory leaders. "Scots politician" was synonymous with "success", but...
Politics
21 February 2005
If a Labour politician, in the old days of South African apartheid, had condemned its system of "separate development"...
International Politics
17 June 2002
It looked like incongruity run riot. Nelson Mandela at Barlinnie Prison? Expressing sympathy for the Lockerbie bomber?...
Politics
13 May 2002
On the day that Barbara Castle died, Wendy Alexander, almost unnoticed south of the border, resigned from the Scottish...
Politics
07 January 2002
Gazing over Heidelberg from the vantage point of the castle gardens perched high above the swollen River Neckar - on...
Ideas
21 May 2001
There is a golden time every summer when a small part of Edinburgh feels as vibrant as Greenwich Village. It is...
Politics
29 January 2001
On 23 November, the night of the Glasgow Anniesland by-election, BBC Scotland's Election Special programme perpetrated...
Politics
18 December 2000
When Donald Dewar won the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party with 97 per cent of the vote in an unopposed election...
Politics
13 November 2000
Andy Warhol had his say about the transient nature of fame. Bob Dylan said it better. "I know every scene by heart,/...
Politics
16 October 2000
Serbs love myths. They compensate for desolation and disgrace. They poison the national psyche, too. But, like an...
Politics
09 October 2000
Less than a fortnight ago, I walked across Temple Mount with Israel's official archaeologist. Tourists and Orthodox...
Politics
11 September 2000
There is a journalist at BBC Scotland whom I always listen to with the pleasure that accompanies true respect. He is...