Monthly Archives: May 2020

CORONAVIRUS | POLITICS (STILL) GOING CRAZY


This Covid-19 crisis is certainly flushing out who and what we are as a nation – with an awful lot of road to travel yet. Douglas Ross probably had no choice in resigning as a junior government minister and I respect his decision; he’s a dyed-in-the-wool constituency MP and I admire him for that. However, […]

FREEDOM OF SPEECH | SCOTLAND’S HATE CRIME BILL


Three years ago this month, on Monday 22 May 2017, twenty-two people were massacred, and 139 people were wounded by a suicide bomber at the Manchester Arena. The victims were mainly teenagers and young people. At the time, I wrote a post on my blog challenging the impact of Islam on the British way of […]

CORONAVIRUS | THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM


This is the second post in a mini-series of three. In the first post I wanted to scope out what I thought could be the Covid-19 worst-case scenario. In this post I want to build on that theme to understand if the worst-case scenario is more or less likely to unfold. I’ve written this in […]

CORONAVIRUS | THE GOVERNMENT’S STRATEGY


This is another interim post squeezed in between Parts 1 and 2 of the series I’m publishing relating to the potential Covid-19 worst-case scenario. Part 2 will be published presently. Meantime, I realised as I was drafting the forthcoming post that the government’s strategy for tackling the Covid-19 pandemic was unclear. So, I decided to […]

CORONAVIRUS | OPEN LETTER TO GENERAL SIR NICK CARTER


This is an open letter to General Sir Nicholas Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff and a fellow alumni of mine. I have sent this letter in hard copy to General Carter at his office in the Ministry of Defence London, and copied it to the Prime Minister and also to my Member of Parliament. […]

CORONAVIRUS | WEIGHING THE RISKS


This is an interim post in the mini-series of three that I’m publishing on coronavirus contingency planning. I felt compelled to publish this in-between post after an exchange on Facebook between a doctor-friend and me. In this post I’m questioning whether exhorting one’s family, friends and acquaintances to ‘stay safe’ is in fact inimical to […]

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