Monthly Archives: January 2011

94: Brian Was Right

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95: In His Own Write

Interesting interview of my erstwhile opponent by Colin Donald in today’s Sunday Herald (, not least because of what he says about himself: “…one of the reasons we had not done as well as we would have hoped in 2007 was … Continue reading

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96: All at Sea

Two days ago, while UK Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey visited RAF Lossiemouth (under serious threat of closure now that RAF Marham has been deemed ‘too expensive’ to dispense with), a Tornado GR4 from the base flying an exercise over … Continue reading

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97: Letham—Commuters or Community?

It seems I have incurred the wrath of the local editor who finds it “difficult to know what to make of my incredible comments” on the proposed 750-house development at Letham, west of Haddington. An article on page 6 makes … Continue reading

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98: Holocaust Day

Attended a splendid exhibition on Anne Frank put on by North Berwick High School. Knowing a fair amount of the history involved, I thought myself prepared for the tragic story of this all-too-brief life, the fate of her family and … Continue reading

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99 Days to Decide

Few people will be ticking the days off in their diaries before they can vote in the Scottish General Election on May 5th but I will be doing just that here, telling the story of my bid to be the … Continue reading

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No NEET Answers

In 1997, Gordon Brown announced what he claimed were the “most radical welfare reforms since the Second World War” and declared that the unemployed young would be first in the firing line. “How,” he asked, “did a society like ours … Continue reading

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ScotRail Scores Sub-Zero

The severe weather of the last few weeks put everyone under strain. While much heated discussion was about keeping roads and pavements clear so that people could go about their business as best they could, little has been said about … Continue reading

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Why East Lothian’s the Best

The fifth annual Halifax/Bank of Scotland Quality of Life ranking of council areas, released at Christmas, produced few real surprises in Scotland. Aberdeenshire took first place for the third time and only Shetland and East Dunbartonshire managed to edge East … Continue reading

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