Having fought two general elections in quick succession on a pledge to maintain the commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income (GNI) on official development assistance, it is unconscionable, but sadly not surprising, that the government is considering cutting the commitment by 0.2 per cent back to 0.5 per cent.
Christmas is a time for giving, so shop, eat and drink local and give them the chance to keep their heads above water. You can even buy a Christmas tree from them. Just don’t put it up until mid-December.
While undoubtedly well-intentioned, I have reservations about Boris Johnson’s green crusade, specifically the decision to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 (a policy not included in the Tory manifesto at the last election).
Hurrah, Hurrah, the wicked witch is dead... or is she? Yes, it appears we have a viable Covid vaccine, but after we’ve stopped cheering, and jumping up and down, let’s look at some issues.
Three momentous events in one week. Nice-but-nobody-special Joe Biden scrapes through to the US presidency. A lovely couple, who sound like the legendary scientific geniuses Louie and Marie Pasteur, crack the Covid vaccine. And … Mo finally gets her flu jab. Fit next? Trumpie conceding he wisnae swicked?
The news that changes are coming to the law regarding fireworks in Scotland is most welcome.
Week after week for months, I implored the First Minister to introduce the mass testing of asymptomatic students to try to prevent outbreaks in university towns when students returned to study and, week after week, I was told it was being "considered".
Are we heading for a happy ending to the Covid-19 story?
I woke from a long nightmare and saw that in the light of day, democracy had conquered disorder and it was not fake news.
Wednesday was a significant day for Scottish farmers as the UK Government’s landmark Agriculture Act received Royal Assent.
As all the clips of people celebrating the dumping of Donald Trump popped up on my timeline, I thought “I’ve seen this before”.
I am yet again struck, but hardly surprised, by the arrogant and misguided authority with which the Secretary of State of Scotland Alister Jack parrots the UK Government line that there should not be another independence referendum in Scotland “for a generation”.
Well, well, George Scott, I’ve certainly got you all fired up about my letter on a number of students flouting their admission rules to university.
At last, sense has prevailed. After weeks of protests from the beach-loving public, Aberdeen City councillors have U-turned.
I write with regards to GC’s letter: Sick of students acting like brats.
In response to GC’s letter about “immature” students, I understand your frustration. This last year has been a long and difficult one for many of us. I hope you’ll understand and take the time to consider what I have to say in response.
At last there seems to be a Covid vaccine in the reasonably near future, but the game is not over.
It can happen to anyone, often at the worst possible time.
Remember the Aberdeen nine? It’s just become 10.
Up hands if you’re desperate for a roarin’ good laugh to cheer you up?
I found the article written by Scott Begbie on the current position and potential of the Bon Accord Baths both fascinating and illuminating.
I am a non-driver and bus passenger so I use the bus to go into town shopping.
My spies tell me the stress of lockdown is turning us into harrumphin’ al’ grumpfutticks.
It's like half a century is just yesterday away.
When I was wee, we were always told that in America, anyone could be president.
I regularly watch Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon advise and tell us what we must do to curb the spread of this deadly virus, good advice if you listen and adhere to it, but then one of her own MPs does the opposite.
The Brexit talks are back in the headlines as the crunch point is being reached on a potential trade deal between the UK and the EU.
Where did it all go wrong? This week I should be laid oot on a sunbed perfecting my tan by an aquamarine pool, sippin’ a cocktail and thinkin’ o’ you peer folkies back in Aiberdeen as the autumn weather kicks in.
America is leading the world with seven million Covid cases and more than 200,000 deaths, with Donald Trump saying: “It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle – it will disappear”.