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November 6, 2019

It’s a brave blogger who starts by stating she has empathy for Margaret Thatcher.  Especially one whose father used to work in Ravenscraig and whose grandmother was a Red Clydesider.  Perhaps I should clarify.

One of the many legends told of our first female Prime...

August 14, 2019

[First Published in Third Force News at https://thirdforcenews.org.uk/blogs/how-do-we-tell-a-tale-of-trauma#GQV9Mi2VuBY7rlDz.99]

It is a clear sign of age when you start arguing that “it can’t be that long” since a major historical event but this year does indeed mark 3...

May 29, 2019

Just recently, I fell running in the Pentlands and badly fractured my shoulder. Split second inattention has led to considerable pain, months of rehabilitation and some enforced time off. The ensuing recovery period has taught me many things, not least that I hope I wi...

February 25, 2019

I suspect I am not alone in wondering how history will speak of The Great British Brexit Debate. Will it be marked as the time when things changed for the worse or the better? Could it be a mere footnote in a wider narrative of 21st century politics? Will generations o...

January 14, 2019

Once upon a time, a young lawyer stood up to talk at a conference overlooking a sparkling Tower Bridge. Coolly confident about speaking on a technical (but in her view, fascinating) area of law, she spoke for an hour to an English audience about a peculiarly Scottish l...

August 23, 2018

[This blog was first published in TFN on 21/8/18 - see http://bit.ly/2wejuqR)

A staple of the internet diet of “Top Ten List of…” reportage regularly includes examples of the worst uses of jargon. This year’s Davos meeting prompted the BBC to offer a translation service...

May 30, 2018

This blog first appeared in Third Force News on 21/5/18 http://bit.ly/2IApAL0

I wonder if Kate Middleton was as surprised by being upstaged by her sister’s “dress” as Meghan Markle may now be by the media frenzy over a 64-year old preacher from Chicago?  If Twitter is a...

April 24, 2018

This blog first appeared in Third Force News on 24 April 2018

( http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/blogs/a-womans-place-is-on-the-stage) 

It seems from some news sources that reporting the #MeToo backlash now takes more editorial space than stories that empower women.  But st...

April 8, 2018

This blog first appeared in Third Force News on 6 April 2018 - http://bit.ly/2EphaiI

The recent negative coverage on Comic Relief’s use of “white saviour” celebrities  and the criticism some have expressed about Social Bite’s use of celebrity endorsement  has highlighte...

March 2, 2018

This blog was first featured in Third Force News on 2 March 2018 at http://bit.ly/2F5g3WF

Most people in Scotland never step foot over the door of a court. When they do, be it as a client, a witness, a jury member or a curious observer, their expectations are usually th...

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