Alastair Stewart

Alastair is a public affairs consultant and freelance writer. He regularly writes about politics, history and culture with a particular interest in Winston Churchill’s links to Scotland.


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COP26 climate change summit: A world government may be required to truly tackle global warming

Scotland’s councillors should be better paid given their level of responsibility for education, environment, homelessness and more

Vicious political language is spilling over into violence. We must change how we talk about each other

Covid pandemic saw planning consultations go online. The results were not what you might expect

How James Bond is being let down by Boris Johnson and co in the battle for hearts and minds

Scottish independence vs the Union: Police Scotland and Gaelic being drawn into culture-war politics is a sign we’re in trouble

SNP-Green ‘coalition’ is not what Scotland voted for and there is a better way to run the country

Covid vaccine passports should be expanded to become full-blown medical ID cards

Scottish independence: Why the Scottish Parliament should be given the power to call second referendum

Dyslexia is not a superpower or a ‘gift’, whatever Princess Beatrice says

Spain’s most far-right town was made rich off the backs of low-paid migrant workers but some still long for General Franco’s return

SNP needs to get real about foreign policy in a complicated world

Is Nicola Sturgeon at risk from the ‘curse’ of China’s panda diplomacy?

Love Island is brain-dead smut and reality TV is the modern-day equivalent of Victorian freak shows

Scotland can’t just play the perfect friend on the world stage

Boris Johnson is not a true conservative in the style of either One Nation Tory Benjamin Disraeli or Margaret Thatcher

James Bond: Will a physically imperfect 007 ever face a handsome supervillain or will out-dated stereotypes continue?

Reading Hitler and Lenin does not make you a Nazi or a communist. We must examine the worst of our history

Scottish independence: MSPs who are also MPs, like Douglas Ross, could help keep the Union together – Alastair Stewart

Scottish independence: Scots living in rest of UK should be allowed to vote in any future referendum

Scottish independence, like Brexit, depends on creating a villain as politics turns into militant smearing

Scottish independence: Irredentism, not nationalism, will deliver a Yes vote

We should elect the monarch – and banish a millennium’s worth of privilege

Scottish independence: Why Dominic Cummings’ gift to the Yes campaign is no good reason to leave the UK

Nicola Sturgeon’s personality cult may mean she will ultimately face the same fate as Margaret Thatcher

Scottish independence may seem a good idea amid ‘post-war’ euphoria of Covid pandemic’s end but history warns against unrealistic dreams

Why reliance on social media is bad for our politics

Politicians must act to shore up flagging public morale as motivation to follow the rules flags

Winston Churchill was close friends with a founder and leader of the SNP, Andrew Dewar Gibb, and supported Scottish home rule

Scottish independence: Why James Bond’s most incredible mission just might be saving the Union

Digital exclusion is not just a problem for the elderly  

How can we love the art while hating the artist?

Why Douglas Ross should remain an MP 

Scottish independence: How a federal UK could save the Union

George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman can teach us a lesson in morality

Donald Trump is the President who would be king, just as shine comes off Britain’s Royal family

VE Day: Why Britain is not overly obsessed with the Second World War

Climate change means lockdown-induced boom in working from home is here to stay

Coronavirus: Why we should beware talk of global utopia after Covid-19 threat recedes 

Coronavirus: Is Britain now at war with Covid-19? 

Coronavirus: How Covid-19 could torpedo independence

Amateur ‘coronavirus experts’ should learn a lesson from Jurgen Klopp

Thatcher, Churchill and the Lib Dems: The danger posed by simplistic judgements 

Freedom of movement in the EU was a geopolitical wonder

How Scotland’s political parties failed to respond to devolution

How TV talent shows exploit a horrible human instinct

Why hating the Tories is bad for Scotland

We need healthy debate over avoidable deaths

Never mind saving the world, a Jane Bond could change it 

How Hollywood seems to be embracing use of ‘ghost actors’

Should we treat Tony Blair as an elder statesman or put him on trial?

Churchill’s roar drowns out Johnson’s huge ego 

We need to talk about an independent Scotland’s foreign policy

Brexit: Why Gibraltar’s border issue is most likely flashpoint for violence

Nuclear weapons: Big question is whether UK would use them in revenge

Brexit: How Brexiteers’ worldview can be understood through history 

Brexit Britain must realise it cannot stand alone in the 21st-century world

Why people are not listening to Greta Thunberg

A robust Tory party can only be good for Scotland’s democracy 

Corbyn can save the Union if he embraces federalism

Why political opinion polls may well be harming our democracy

How to make your career ambitions come true in the digital age 

The danger to democracy posed by voting apps and internet politics

How we’ve failed to heed Nikita Khrushchev’s warning about personality cults

How US-style politics could be damaging British democracy

What the public can learn from MPs’ pragmatism

French Revolution has lessons for Brexit Britain

One more (reluctant) fight – that’s why we love comeback screen heroes (print only)

The European Union’s biggest failure? Explaining what it does

Why we’re fascinated by Jeremy Kyle, Katie Hopkins and the like

Why Gothic Edinburgh was born to be Gotham City

MP for Spain? Expats need a voice

Brexit: Why it’s wrong to blame the older generation

Social media addiction is gaining recognition from an unlikely source 

How does the UK reconcile post Brexit? (print only)

Brexit: To expats in EU, the UK sounds like it’s preparing for war 

Dear John McDonnell, if Winston Churchill is a villain, who is a hero? 

Scottish independence would strip Churchill of his ‘Britishness’

Here’s how to end the UK’s ‘elective dictatorship’ 

Will tourist tax have the same effect on tourists as plastic bag tax had on
bags? 

What Donald Tusk can learn from Winston Churchill 

Winston Churchill: Ross Greer is wrong, but so is Piers Morgan 

Scottish Secretary should be elected by MSPs

Donald Trump’s wealth is no reason to denounce him 

Churchill once defended ‘Scottish nationalism’ at Ibrox stadium

Disagreeing is a virtue our society is fast forgetting (print only)

Macedonian village healer changed my life in a way I didn’t expect

North Macedonia? Don’t you ‘North Briton’ me!

Scotland is the Casablanca of the Great Brexit


The Herald

The Herald

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THE BIG READ: Hero or villain? The battle for the truth about Winston Churchill and Scotland

The Times

The Times

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The humiliated West ought to heed Flashman’s warning (PDF)

It’s time for Scotland to reclaim Winston Churchill (PDF)

Post-independence UK would hold all cards over Scotland (PDF)

Edinburgh Evening News

Edinburgh Evening News

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Going digital is the way forward for planning

Today it’s a fear and loathing in Edinburgh day

Meadows action plan should be a city template

Why aparthotels are ready-made Covid solution

It’s time for a rethink on living in retirement

Scotland needs fresh ideas for empty homes

Donald Trump has saved our democracy

Going digital is no quick fix for Christmas cheer

This war on virus is unearthing political truths

Switch to digital is boosting community engagement

Don’t let social media scare stories add to pandemic fears 

Churchill’s Scottish connections run deeper than we may think

Tory strength in opposition is good for Scottish democracy

Colour-blind casting ensures new talent gets recognition

Disabled can bear brunt of social shaming in Scotland 

Two decades after devolution, do we actually understand it? 

A problem with pubs re-opening

Great men and women have earned a place in our history

We’re a shell shocked nation in need of cautious optimism

Let’s make our streets interactive learning places

Even reduced democracy is better than no democracy

If we don’t all follow the rules then the chances are none of us will

Coronavirus: Is lockdown showing us the shape of things to come?

Coronavirus: Let’s get virtually married, it will be good for morale

Coronavirus: Isolation will start the clock on a mental health timebomb

Immigration: The UK’s new policy is an affront to reason

As a society, we seem torn between fear and optimism

Burns Night a good time to see our history for what it is

We don’t need a solution to homelessness, we need a resolution

Would independent Scotland be a ‘good global citizen’

Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

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Johnson should take care what conflicts he conjures up 

Machiavelli – moralist of people power

The National

The National

Westminster is playing the oldest trick in the book with Brexit

It can’t be healthy for Westminster to turn Border request into row

Covid-19 is an unmitigated disaster for people’s transport needs

Racist anti-China virus conspiracies show how history repeats itself

Churchill & Scotland

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I’ve begun the process of drawing attention to Churchill’s extensive links to Scotland. Efforts include widespread national news coverage and an extensive number of columns and features. I’ve also assembled a team to work on one of the first books on the subject.

Features & columns

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The Herald

THE BIG READ: Hero or villain? The battle for the truth about Winston Churchill and Scotland

THE TIMES

It’s time for Scotland to reclaim Winston Churchill (PDF)

EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS 

Churchill’s Scottish connections run deeper than we may think

Great men and women have earned a place in our history

FINEST HOUR

Why have the Scots forsaken Churchill? 

Review: ‘The Churchill Myths’

INTERNATIONAL CHURCHILL SOCIETY 

Why Have the Scots Forsaken Churchill?

THE SCOTSMAN

Winston Churchill was close friends with a founder and leader of the SNP, Andrew Dewar Gibb, and supported Scottish home rule

VE Day: Why Britain is not overly obsessed with the Second World War

Thatcher, Churchill and the Lib Dems: The danger posed by simplistic judgements 

Churchill’s roar drowns out Johnson’s huge ego 

Dear John McDonnell, if Winston Churchill is a villain, who is a hero? 

Scottish independence would strip Churchill of his ‘Britishness’

What Donald Tusk can learn from Winston Churchill 

Winston Churchill: Ross Greer is wrong, but so is Piers Morgan 

Churchill once defended ‘Scottish nationalism’ at Ibrox stadium

Johnson should take care what conflicts he conjures up (print only)

BBC RADIO SCOTLAND

HISTORY SCOTLAND

Why have the Scots forsaken Churchill?

Remember the man, not the myth series

Part 1: Debunking the cult of Churchill

Using primary sources to explore the statesman’s life and work.

Part 2: Churchill as a military leader

A look at Churchill’s reputation as a boorish war leader with a penchant for expeditions over expediency. Is it justified?

Part 3: Churchill the actor

For all his flaws and quirks, Churchill makes for an infinitely more interesting character study than the heavily redacted, and catastrophically cliched, caricature of a stoic leader with a jutted jaw and cigar.

Part 4: Why the real quotes are better than the memes

Alastair calls for a more significant distinction between the real and apocryphal stories about Churchill.

Part 5: A heavy drinker?

Examining Churchill’s reputation as a heavy drinker.

Part 6: The real price of ale

If Churchill wasn’t an alcoholic, but if he fanned tall drinking tales about himself, then what was he at heart?

Part 7: Churchill was a peacemaker, not just a warrior

Exploring Churchill’s post-war role as a peacemaker.

Part 8: The Dream reveal’s Churchill’s soul

What ‘The Dream’ can tell us about Churchill’s relationship with the father he thought never believed in him.

Part 9: Churchill & Europe – the ultimate myth?

The many Churchills, the many Europes.

Part 10: Churchill on our doorstep

Where are the books dedicated to Churchill and Scotland?

E-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Would Churchill have voted for Brexit? 

THE SOL TIMES

When Churchill bribed Franco (print)

THINK SCOTLAND

Review | Pip Utton: Churchill

Press coverage

Coverage

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International Churchill Society

I pitched an article that became the basis for a dedicated edition of ‘Finest Hour’ focussing on Churchill’s connections with Scotland. 

I wrote the leading feature considering why the Scots have forsaken Churchill. I also coordinated the Scottish PR campaign to raise awareness of the edition including the research appeal.

The edition included a foreward by former prime minister Gordon Brown. 

Dedicated landing page: http://winstonchurchill.org/finest-hour-scotland/

Journal: Why have the Scots forsaken Churchill? 

Press release: First scholarly research appeal launched into Churchill and Scotland

Press release: Churchill’s Scottish links explored on St. Andrew’s Day

Blog: Return to Plugstreet – The International Churchill Society

BBC RADIO SCOTLAND

News

The Times: Campaign to honour Churchill’s connections north of the border (PDF)

The Times: It’s time for Scotland to reclaim Winston Churchill (PDF)

The Scotsman: Winston Churchill should be a ‘celebrated hero in Scotland

The Scotsman: Churchill’s ties to Scotland falling ‘out of public knowledge’, warns great grandson

Edinburgh Evening News: Churchill’s Scottish connections run deeper than we may think

The Daily Record: History’s greatest Englishman Winston Churchill was really ‘a Scot’

The Herald: Efforts are underway to recognise Churchill’s Scottish connections

Deadline NewsAcademics appeal for information in bid to make Churchill a “celebrated hero” in Scotland

The Courier: Quest launched to unlock treasure trove of Churchill’s Scottish connections

Third Force News: Churchill’s Scottish links explored 

Scottish Field: Bid to uncover Churchill’s untold Scots connections 

North Edinburgh News: Churchill and Scotland: First scholarly research appeal launched

North Edinburgh News: Churchill’s close friendship with an SNP founder remembered

Journal & Magazine

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Finest Hour

FINEST HOUR

Why have the Scots forsaken Churchill?  (Landing page)

Review: TV: Churchill (Channel 5)

Review: ‘The Churchill Myths’

History Scotland

History Scotland

Why have the Scots forsaken Churchill?

The Scot who nearly killed Franco

Churchill: Remember the man, not the myth

Part 1: Debunking the cult of Churchill

Using primary sources to explore the statesman’s life and work.

Part 2: Churchill as a military leader

A look at Churchill’s reputation as a boorish war leader with a penchant for expeditions over expediency. Is it justified?

Part 3: Churchill the actor

For all his flaws and quirks, Churchill makes for an infinitely more interesting character study than the heavily redacted, and catastrophically cliched, caricature of a stoic leader with a jutted jaw and cigar.

Part 4: Why the real quotes are better than the memes

Alastair calls for a more significant distinction between the real and apocryphal stories about Churchill.

Part 5: A heavy drinker?

Examining Churchill’s reputation as a heavy drinker.

Part 6: The real price of ale

If Churchill wasn’t an alcoholic, but if he fanned tall drinking tales about himself, then what was he at heart?

Part 7: Churchill was a peacemaker, not just a warrior

Exploring Churchill’s postwar role as a peacemaker.

Part 8: The Dream reveal’s Churchill’s soul

What ‘The Dream’ can tell us about Churchill’s relationship with the father he thought never believed in him.

Part 9: Churchill & Europe – the ultimate myth?

The many Churchills, the many Europes.

Part 10: Churchill on our doorstep

Where are the books dedicated to Churchill and Scotland?

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E-International Relations

E-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Would Churchill have voted for Brexit? 

Public Affairs, PR & Digital

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Orbit Communications – Digital Engagement

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Providing public affairs, public relations, design and digital support to clients. Sample work below. 

Recognition

Digital community consultation | Scottish Government best practice 

Press coverage

Orbit digital engagement deemed best practice by Scottish Government (Scottish Housing News)

Edinburgh company’s digital engagement deemed best practice by Scottish Government (Deadline News)

Best practice digital nod for Orbit Communications (Scotland on Sunday)

Insight

Going digital is the way forward for planning (Edinburgh Evening News)

Recognition

Digital community consultation | Scottish Government best practice 

Press coverage

Orbit digital engagement deemed best practice by Scottish Government (Scottish Housing News)

Edinburgh company’s digital engagement deemed best practice by Scottish Government (Deadline News)

Best practice digital nod for Orbit Communications (Scotland on Sunday)

Community Engagement Goes Digital (PAS)

Digital should become a permanent part of planning consultation process (Scottish Federation of Housing Associations)

Adapting to COVID-19 with Orbit Communications (Scottish Housing News)

Guest article: 2020: The year digital went mainstream (Consultation Institute)

Lobbying for change (Place Design Scotland)

Switch to digital is boosting community engagement (Consultation Institute)

Covid-19 could be a digital starting gun (Orbit)

We must be mindful of the isolation time bomb (Orbit)

Alastair Stewart: Adapting to COVID-19 with Orbit Communications (LinkedIn)

How to raise community support for planning proposals (Orbit)

2020 – Looking ahead to another curveball year? (Orbit)

Webinar Series

Engagement and project approval  

Green light for Canongate office development

£140 million Grade A office block to go ahead on Argyle Street

Pinkhill flats plans set to be approved despite residents’ privacy fears

Green light for Edinburgh Old Town office development at UNESCO World Heritage Site

Build to rent Skyliner towers get green light for Leith

Digital

Gilston Park – http://gilston-park.scot/

Parkhead Hub – https://parkheadhub.scot/

British Land – Dougalston – https://bldougalston.co.uk/

Buckholm Corner – https://buckholmcorner.com/

Queensberry Properties – https://finance-house.co.uk/

PLATFORM_ – https://platform-edinburgh.co.uk/

Consultation

Former Edinburgh Lloyds Banking call centre to be converted into 170 flats

Public event will discuss plans to demolish Leith buildings such as John Lewis depot for housing

Around 145 student flats planned at old petrol station site on Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh

Podcast

Politics Galore! Ep93. 25Sept2020 – digital consultations
 
 

Press & Brand

Envipco among VIBES finalists for environment partnership

Events

Gorgie farm welcomes the Dalry llama

Explore ‘Glesca’ and ‘Embra’ on interactive Scots language map

DRS trial concludes with strong results

Macedonia naming dispute

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Working with the United Macedonian Diaspora to raise awareness about the implications of the Prespa Agreement and Macedonian accession to NATO and the EU. 

Post-independence UK would hold all cards over Scotland (PDF)

North Macedonia? Don’t you ‘North Briton’ me! (The Scotsman)

Macedonian village healer changed my life in a way I didn’t expect (The Scotsman)

UMD appoints new communications director (UMD)

Колумна на новинарот Алистер Стујарт: Северна Македонија? Не ме прави Севернобританец (Don’t you North Briton me!) (Kurir)

Шкотски новинар за Преспански договор: Катастрофална пирова победа за Владата на Заев (Express MK)

Колумна на новинарот Алистер Стујарт: Северна Македонија? Не ме прави Севернобританец (The Grid)

Северна Македонија? Don’t you ‘North Briton’ me! (Time.MK)

Аластер Стујарт: Северна Македонија? Don’t you ‘North Briton’ me! (Denesen) 

Северна Македонија? Don’t you ‘North Briton’ me! (Off.net.mk)

Идниот македонски зет од Шкотска не сака да биде „Севернобританец (New Macedonia)

Обединетата Македонска Дијаспора (ОМД) назначи нов Директор за Комуникации (Observer, Macedonia) 

Why the United Macedonian Diaspora matters (UMD) 

Overseas MPs

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Launched a six-month campaign to introduce MPs for British citizens living in Europe. Central focus was on raising awareness as to the current status quo and putting forward suggested reforms. 

Campaign to introduce MPs for British expatriates (Petition)

Scottish teacher launches petition for MPs for expats (Edinburgh Reporter)

Brexit: Brits in Spain react to Theresa May’s speech (The Local)

Scottish expat in Spain campaigns for MPs to represent Brits living abroad (The Olive Press News)

Teacher in Spain launches online petition for MPs for Brits living abroad (EuroWeekly News)

Almeria writer launches petition for MPs for British citizens abroad (The Sol Times)

March for The People’s Vote (Bremain in Spain) 

Why Do We Need A People’s Vote? (Bremain in Spain) 

Votes for Life must only be the beginning (Bremain in Spain) 

Member of the month – Newsletter – Alastair Stewart (Bremain in Spain) 

Review

Broadway Baby

Bloom

Character Limit

Naked in Alaska

Shrew

Den of Geek

DEN OF GEEK

Revisiting The Omega Factor

Bugs: remembering an ahead-of-its-time tech TV thriller

Star Trek: looking back at the BBC’s ban and censorship

Crime Traveller: celebrating an underappreciated 90s sci-fi

The Crown review: a mesh of history books and melodrama

Star Trek: what Discovery can take from its past

Stargate SG-1: was longevity its curse?

The plot holes and symbolism of The Dark Knight Rises

Would a break be good for Doctor Who?

Finest Hour – International Churchill Society

Review: ‘The Churchill Myths’

Review: TV: Churchill (Channel 5)

FringeReview

FringeReview

Review | Bill Clinton Hercules

Review | Burton’s Last Call

Review | The Rules: Sex, Lies and Serial Killers

Review | The Shawshank Redemption 

Review | The Picture of Dorian Gray

Review | Pip Utton: Adolf 

Review | The Confessions of Gordon Brown

Review | Pip Utton: Churchill

Podcast

 

Fiction

Poetry

Poems

Screenplay

Scripts

Doctor Who | ‘The Dances of River Song’ 

Thoughts

Thoughts

Why I Write (Part 2) 

International Columns

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Euroweekly News

EUROWEEKLY NEWS

Teacher in Spain launches online petition for MPs for Brits living abroad

A very British fudge – why democratising the Monarchy may be the best compromise 

It’s time to call Theresa May undemocratic

Votes for life must only be the beginning

Why it’s time for overseas MPs

Passports are a hint of things to come

Guns will stop the US government? Give me a break

Is Batfleck the hero for the Trump generation?

Star Trek: Discovery isn’t really Star Trek

If Nigel Farage is calling for a second referendum, it’s time…

Decluttering social media

New Year’s resolutions are hogwash

The Apprentice is bad for business and bad for the BBC

Have you noticed something about Bond villains?

I’m a member of the Scottish Parliament – Get Me Out Of Here

It’s not superhero fatigue, it’s misery fatigue

Brits abroad must help support stray cats and dogs

Shouldn’t International Men’s Day be as important as the female…

Lights, camera, Salmond!

The rise of the social media wedding

Kevin Spacey has betrayed his fans and they’re hurting too

Why irredentism explains Brexit

Catalonia was a gross injustice, plain and simple

The day America accidentally dropped a nuclear bomb on Spain

Read this before you see the film Dunkirk

Don’t be afraid of the big, bad doctor

The Diana tapes are a ‘macabre indulgence’

Brexit, the game show!

Stop panicking about new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker

Expatriates need to stop calling themselves ‘expats’

Doctor Who travels through space, time and… Spain

Why doesn’t Spain love the iPhone?

Why Brexit matters in Almeria

Dual mandates are wrecking British politics

Who’s who in Almeria politics

Our responses to terror must be consistent

Opinion: Why Tim Farron had to go

When Winston Churchill bribed Spain’s General Franco

May-day: Looking at the General Election result

Grenfell Tower blaze victims deserve justice

Why Theresa May is wrong about human rights

Of course Wonder Woman deserves an all-female showing

Understanding Spain’s political parties

The Olive Press News

The Olive Press News

Print gallery 

The Scot who tried to kill Franco with explosives hidden under his Granny’s sweater

Scottish teacher calls for expat MPs 

Kurir

Kurir

Колумна на новинарот Алистер Стујарт: Северна Македонија? Не ме прави Севернобританец (Don’t you North Briton me!) (Kurir)

The Sol Times

Print gallery 

Columns

A street called 17 January 1966 

At home and abroad: What does Europe mean? (print)

A very British fudge – Why democratising the Monarchy is the only way forward

Brexit makes me angry, and you should be too

Brexit, the game show! (print)

Brexit thoughts: Through the glass, darkly with Mrs May (print)

Boris, Brexit and Britons in Spain (print)

Brits abroad must support stray cats in Europe

Can you compare Scotland and Catalonia (print)

Catalonia was a gross injustice, plain and simple (print)

Decluttering the hell of social media

Did the sun really seton the British empire? (print)

Doctor Who travels through space, time…and Spain

Don’t be afraid of the big, bad doctor (print)

Dual mandates are wrecking British politics (print)

Expatriates need to stop calling themselves ‘expats’ (print)

Gibraltar doesn’t, shouldn’t and won’t bother the Spanish (print)

Grenfell Tower blaze victims deserve justice (print)

Guns will stop the US government? Give me a break!

Have you noticed something about Bond villains? (print)

History and hope over terror and tyranny (print)

How do the Spanish feel about the UK general election? (print)

I’m a member of the Scottish Parliament, get me out of here!

If Nigel Farage is calling for a second referendum, it’s time for a rethink 

Is Batfleck the hero for the Trump generation?

Is Discovery Star Trek?

It’s time to call Theresa May undemocratic

It’s not superhero fatigue, it’s misery fatigue

Kevin Spacey has betrayed his fans and they’re hurting too 

Lights, camera, Salmond

May, Rajoy and ‘Brexpats’ (print)

May is right to hold a general election (print)

May-day: Looking at the general election (print)

Moggmentum is the last straw of sanity (print)

New Year’s resolutions are hogwash 

Of course Wonder Woman deserves and all-female showing (print)

Opinion: Terrorism can’t become normalised (print)

Our responses to terror must be consistent (print)

Passports are a hint of things to come

Read this before you see Dunkirk (print)

Shouldn’t International Men’s Day be as important as International Women’s Day?

Stop panicking about Jodie Whittaker (print)

The Apprentice is bad for business and bad for the BBC

The Diana tapes are a macabre indulgence (print)

The old men in grey suits should be listened to (print)

The rise of the social media wedding

Tired of government officials lying to you? (print)

Trains, planes and bins: how Almeria works (print)

Trump’s obvious historical strategy (print)

The UK is not coming apart at the seams over Europe (print)

Understanding Spain’s political parties (print)

Votes for life must only be the beginning

When Churchill bribed Franco (print)

Who’s who in Almeria politics (print)

Why Brexit matters to Almeria (Almeria)

Why Esteban Gonzalez Pons’ comments on Scotland don’t matter (print)

Why doesn’t Spain love the iPhone? (print)

Why irredentism explains Brexit

Why it’s time for overseas MPs

Why Theresa May is wrong about human rights (print)

Why Tim Farron had to go (print)

Why Trump matters to Europe (print)

Why Spain and Britain are two peas in a pod (print)

WIll apps kill pubs? (print)

News

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The Sol Times

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News reporting 

Blog

Backbench

Backbench

Theresa May should bring back David Cameron

The Backbencher

The Backbencher

Kevin Spacey has betrayed his fans and they’re hurting too

Can you compare Scotland and Catalonia?

Theresa May should bring back David Cameron

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia

‘Moggmentum’ is the last straw of sanity 

CommonSpace

CommonSpace

Alastair Stewart: We need to see our history as it is, not how we want it to be

Alastair Stewart: The last of the summer PMs?

Alastair Stewart: Should commentators run for office?

Alastair Stewart: A very British fudge – why democratising the monarchy may be the best compromise

Alastair Stewart: It’s not nationalism which explains Brexit – it’s irredentism

Alastair Stewart: Referenda are a fad – don’t let them undermine democratic accountability

Alastair Stewart: I’m a Scot in Spain with a Macedonian fiancée – here’s why Brexit makes me angry

Alastair Stewart: Why Tam Dalyell’s death was the passing of the old guard in Scotland

Alastair Stewart: Can you really compare Scotland and Catalonia?

ConservativeHome

Conservative Home

Alastair Stewart: We expats are still under a cloud of uncertainty about our residency rights

The Edinburgh Reporter

THE EDINBURGH REPORTER

Print Gallery

The 10 best bookshops in Edinburgh

Lights, Camera, Salmond!

Opinion – Kevin Spacey has betrayed his fans too

Does Edinburgh’s recycling policy discriminate against the elderly?

InPEC Magazine

InPEC Magazine

The Irony of Empire: Why the Diamond Jubilee is the Triumph of Britain without Empire

The International Political Forum

The International Political Forum 

The irony of empire: Why 2012 was the triumph of Britain without empire 

The Scottish Review

The Scottish Review

The simulation of madness

The Mallard

The Mallard

One nation conservatism is a way of seeing the world

Has May got a one-nation Brexit policy?

Theresa May should bring back David Cameron

Place Design Scotland

PLACE DESIGN SCOTLAND

Lobbying for change

Scottish History Network

SCOTTISH HISTORY NETWORK

Historical Amnesia and the Myth of Westminster Control

Think Scotland

ThinkScotland

Churchill: The man, not the myth, Part II

Churchill: The man, not the myth, Part I

The Scottish Parliament’s time limits should be reformed

Yes, real men do eat quiche!

Lights, Camera, Salmond!

Where now for Spain and Catalonia?

Theresa May should bring back David Cameron

Cameron and May failed as one-nation conservatives: We must now build a new consensus 

Do we really want a race of uneducated Northern Britons?

2012 demonstrates the triumph of Britain without empire 

Edinburgh Fringe Review: Enlightenment Titans 

Edinburgh Fringe Review: Winston on the Run

ToryHoose

The Prestige: Thoughts On The SNP Use Of Celebrities

You Turn If You Want To: Why Scottish Conservatives Should Cautiously Look Forward To The Iron Lady

Webinar & Radio

Radio

BBC Radio Scotland

Podcast

Complete podcast here.

Politics Galore

Politics Galore! Ep93. 25Sept2020 (Guest) 

Politics Galore! Ep80. 3 April 2020 (Guest)

Politics Galore! Ep71. 9 Jan 20 (Guest)

Speeches

Almerimar Burns Supper 

Webinar
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