Ramsay Jones: Stuck in the middle – the majority in the real world still live in hope for common sense from all sides
Well that was quite a week.
Well that was quite a week.
I don’t know if England will win the World Cup. Football may or may not be coming home.
It is in the nature of most of us to extol the virtues of where we live as the very best there is. To assert that our corner of this planet is unsurpassed. That our people are the finest, our landscape the most stunning, our spirit the most indomitable.
This week’s controversy about Aberdeen’s suspended Labour councillors might seem to be an obscure issue about Labour Party rules, of interest only to party insiders and political anoraks.
This is MND Awareness Week. It is a cause which matters to me. Last year I lost a friend to the deadly, degenerative disease. He was Gordon Aikman and Gordon’s Fightback Dinner will be held in Edinburgh on Thursday to celebrate his life and to build on his legacy.
This week, the P&J reported the shocking statistic that three chronic pain sufferers died while waiting for specialist treatment in the NHS Grampian area.
I’ve never watched Love Island. Sorry. But there you are. It doesn’t make me a bad person.
The UK has the biggest and most unequal gap between the best and the worst performing regions in Europe.
It’s good to talk. To weigh up the pros and cons of a problem. To review the evidence and examine the options.
There was a watershed moment in Scottish politics last week.
Our world lost two of its brightest lights last week.
As a member of the Education Committee I spend a lot of time with colleagues looking at what needs to be done to close the attainment gap and give all our kids the best start in life.
“My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings.”
I think it appropriate that I start this column in recognition of the centenary of the RAF.
At their party conference in June, the next deputy leader of the SNP will be announced.
Children sat huddled in a Syrian cellar sheltering from the latest bombardment from the Assad regime.
There has been much debate over the last week or so about the rights and wrongs of using force to defend one’s life and possessions when faced with an intruder into your home.
Whatever side of Scotland’s independence referendum debate you were on, most people will agree it exemplified some of the best principles of democracy.
There is a distinctly cold wind blowing from the East. As we shiver under the latest icy blast from Siberia, we can at least be comforted by the knowledge that it will pass in a matter of days.
Amid all the political noise and media speculation, the UK and EU are edging closer to a transition deal on Brexit – with agreement expected in time for a European summit on Thursday.
Ahead of today’s Convention of the Highlands and Islands, Deputy First Minister John Swinney considers some of the key issues faced by rural communities
BREXIT: MORE than 20 years ago, the people of Scotland voted overwhelmingly for a national parliament.
Two issues have dominated the news agenda since my last Monday muse.
Readers know of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s proposal to close many of its local branches.
Over three years into the downturn, the oil and gas industry is showing signs of recovery. While the oil price will never again reach the heady heights of 2014, it has started to settle at a level where modest growth could return to the North Sea.
Events of the last week or so have given me the perfect excuse to divert the main thrust of this column away from the usual suspects and subjects.
No less than 43,000 people were killed in Britain during the blitz of World War II.
They are the words which greet an internet search for Oxfam.
It’s time to talk Brexit again. Sorry, but we have to.
The Scottish budget is going to be debated in the parliament next week – this is a worrying time for those who depend on public services.
Winter’s icy grip had its fingers wrapped tightly round much of Scotland last week.
It is now eight years since RBS promised not to close branches when they were “the last in town”.