Our world lost two of its brightest lights last week.
I’ve changed my mind. I admit I might have been wrong.
“My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings.”
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.
Ramsay Jones: To cower or confront – how far would you and should you go to protect life and possessions?
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.
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.
Ramsay Jones: Let’s hope the wind blows fair for France because across the Channel they’re not that fussed
Two issues have dominated the news agenda since my last Monday muse.
Ramsay Jones: Highs of Murrayfield stand in stark contrast to the lows of some of our Winter Olympic performances
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.
Ramsay Jones: In the US, the freedom being most furiously defended is the right to kill – not the right to live
No less than 43,000 people were killed in Britain during the blitz of World War II.
Ramsay Jones: Oxfam case raises troubling questions for us all but vital, life-saving work must continue
They are the words which greet an internet search for Oxfam.
Ramsay Jones: Braying protesters using intimidation and volume instead of debating are a stain on democracy
The first rule of Jacob Rees-Mogg Fight Club is don’t fight. Debate. Or whatever the Latin equivalent is. “Nec pugnare. disputandum.”?
Ramsay Jones: Time to focus on an issue that would forge a new relationship with the EU and right a wrong
It’s time to talk Brexit again. Sorry, but we have to.
Ramsay Jones: We shovelled, salted and cleared. It was our civic duty. Nobody told us to, it was the obvious thing to do
Winter’s icy grip had its fingers wrapped tightly round much of Scotland last week.
Ramsay Jones: The most talented people, which local democracy sorely needs, are staying away over low wages
Imagine if you were on the board of directors of an enterprise with an annual spend of over a billion pounds; if you had 8,000 employees, had to make vital decisions on a daily basis about the livelihoods of nearly a quarter of a million people, and responsible for nurturing the economy of some of the world’s biggest companies.
Convicted prisoners are banned from voting in the UK.
Ramsay Jones: Fewer than 500 days from now, let us leave. Let us take back control of our seas. But let’s be reasonable
Last Sunday was my birthday. Last Sunday also saw travel chaos across the UK and much of Europe.
Ramsay Jones: When securing a deal looked like a distant dream, the PM pulled it off and she didn’t even have to sing
It was, I suppose, fitting that the first stage of our exit from the European Union should be settled at dawn in the capital of Belgium. It gave headline writers plenty of alliterative scope: Breakfast Brexit in Brussels.
Ramsay Jones: Trump should visit the UK because the nation he represents is far more important than him
Readers will, by now, have noticed that one particular person has become a regular feature of this column.
Ramsay Jones: Yes, our footballers are failing, but our rugby players are on the verge of making Six Nations history
In a country divided by its constitutional politics both internally and externally, how wonderful it was to see us united in common cause and in celebration of national success at the weekend.
Ramsay Jones: The chancellor’s assets add up to coolness under fire and a steely determination to think long-term
My school song used to have an unofficial alternative verse.
Other than my mum and dad, there are only two people who have ever called me “son”.
Let’s start by stating what should be blindingly obvious and gain universal approval: predatory, unwanted, abusive and inappropriate sexual advances are wrong.
My meanderings take me to towns and cities the length and breadth of our United Kingdom.
Ramsay Jones: The people have a right to decide their own future, even if we fear the result. That’s called democracy
Yesterday, Spain’s foreign minister appeared on the BBC to explain his government’s decision to suspend the regional administration in Catalonia and to impose direct rule by Madrid.
Ramsay Jones: In what warped world is the right to legally own the means of mass destruction a right worth defending?
Three events last week left me reeling. And angry. And astounded at the sheer stupidity of some of our supposed good and great.
I tuned into First Minister’s Questions at our Scottish Parliament on Thursday. I wish I hadn’t.
It was an early autumn day in London.
Last week I poked gentle fun at a Labour Peer for suggesting, mostly in jest, that some Nationalists might take umbrage at Alex Salmond’s friendship with a senior Tory politician.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion...”
Charlottesville. Virginia. The United States of America. August, 2017.
Ramsay Jones: Life is easier as a binary choice of right and wrong – but alas, things aren’t always that simple
Life is simple when you can reduce everything to a simple binary choice of right and wrong.