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Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

17/06/2011, by in Features

Last week saw the 10th anniversary of my election to parliament. It passed without much fanfare but it did prompt some of my friends and family to reflect that in 10 years I have never managed to get control of my own diary.As a result I still (despite all the best efforts of my long-suffering s... Read more...

Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

03/06/2011, by in Features

The Palace of Westminster went into lockdown last week in honour of the visit of President Obama who was to address both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall.My office, which is quite close to Westminster Hall, had to be vacated and locked two hours before the address.I confess that I ... Read more...

Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

20/05/2011, by in Features

Returning to Westminster after the Scottish Parliament I was stopped by an English Labour MP who enquired mischievously of me why I was in London. “I thought,” he said, “that you had just voted to be independent.” It was, of course, a flippant com­ment but one which highlights in many ways ... Read more...

Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

29/04/2011, by in Features

I am not sure that I would yet make the claim that the Scottish Parliament election campaign has set the heather ablaze but there is no denying that it has certainly captured the public imagination more forcefully than the other vote which we will be offered with our ballot papers next week, namely ... Read more...

Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

22/04/2011, by in Features

Sad news reached me last week from the other side of the Atlantic when I learned of the death of my friend Virginia Davis.Virginia was the mother of Troy Davis, a man who is currently on death row in Georgia, USA, having been convicted of killing a police officer in 1989. (more…) Read more...

Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

15/04/2011, by in Features

Knocking on doors for the Scottish election, the subject of the coalition at Westminster is one which crops up quite a bit. Despite what you read in the national papers (and even some local ones) the comment was mostly balanced – a few enthusiastic and a few negative. (more…) Read more...

Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

08/04/2011, by in Features

I am by nature an optimist. I tend to believe that if the will exists then all things are possible.Even I, however, am forced to concede that the editor of this paper will never accept that the decisions taken by the coalition government to reduce public spending were correct. (more…) Read more...

Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

01/04/2011, by in Features

Wednesday last week was budget day. The budget is no longer the jewel in the parliamentary calendar that it used to be but it is still important and rarely more so than when the country is under the economic cosh as it is today. (more…) Read more...

Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

18/03/2011, by in Features

There is a thing called chaos theory which says that everything is interconnected and that nothing happens in isolation. It goes along the lines that a butterfly flapping its wings in Mexico can eventually trigger an earthquake in China. Personally I have never really understood it and like most ... Read more...