Politics
12 November 2001
Scotland's First Minister, Henry McLeish, has a new nickname: Henry Houdini, political escapologist. He was not free...
17 September 2001
In the Ealing film classic Whisky Galore, there is a scene that shows how far the tight little island of Little Todday...
10 September 2001
Not all the performers, prima donnas, posers, buskers and comedians have left Edinburgh with the end of the festival....
16 July 2001
When Robin Harper became the UK's first Green parliamentarian, he raised a clenched fist and declared: "Keir Hardie was...
09 July 2001
Reading the will is one of those ceremonies that can bring out the worst in people. When local papers used to report...
02 July 2001
The Edinburgh skyline at the east end of Princes Street is dominated by a noble-seeming Parthenon, whose pillars and...
25 June 2001
Cardinal Gordon Gray, as Roman Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow, once knocked down a photographer with his car in his...
18 June 2001
John Reid, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, is a patronising bastard. What's more, Brian Wilson, the new UK...
Politics
11 June 2001
Well, did the earth move for you? In Scotland, there was hardly a movement between the sheets as election night dragged...
Politics
28 May 2001
So this tourist lady asks a traditionally garbed Scotsman the traditional question about what is worn under the kilt....
14 May 2001
In Scotland, politics never stops. What with local, Holyrood, Westminster and Europe elections, it seems that if we...
16 April 2001
Michty me, sic a muckle stushie at the clamjamphry in Embra! If that baffles you, do not be downcast; a lot of Scots...
02 April 2001
Tartan Day is 6 April. Not many people know that. Thing is, not many Scots know that. Tartan Day is an entirely...
26 March 2001
When a minister resigns "to spend more time with [his] family", the customary reaction is cynicism and knowing nudges....
19 March 2001
Scotland's coalition government often resembles a leaky ship drifting close to the rocks of parliamentary disaster....

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