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Richard Lochhead: Pun slinger

Posted on: 17 April 2015

Richard Lochhead is clearly a man who enjoys a pun.

Glasgow colleges in turmoil

Posted on: 8 April 2015

The pressure is mounting on former First Minister of Scotland Henry McLeish after a third high-profile name sensationally quit the Glasgow Colleges Regional Board, which he chairs.

More questions than answers

Posted on: 27 March 2015

Yesterday's debate on health inequalities, led by Health and Sport Committee convener Duncan McNeil was fascinating and frustrating in equal measure.

Inspector calls - are NHS staff too busy for improvement work?

Posted on: 13 March 2015

“We’re committed to driving up standards in the care of older people in hospitals, which is exactly why this Government introduced these inspections,”

Challenging the University mantra

Posted on: 11 March 2015

People are still putting university education on a pedestal, apparently.

A consensus on melting rocks

Posted on: 4 March 2015

It's an election year, but you'd never guess it was an election with no bearing on Scottish education policy.

COSLA goes to war

Posted on: 18 February 2015

COSLA took to the front pages on Monday in a spirited fightback against what they saw as the Government breaking its own rules of local government negotiations. 

Stubborn inequalities

Posted on: 2 February 2015

NHS Health Scotland was set up to reduce health inequalities and improve health, but given the Health and Sport Committee’s

Community first

Posted on: 1 February 2015

Last week the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill took a couple of small steps forward.

Midnight in Europe

Posted on: 9 December 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron’s language on Europe has got tougher in the last fortnight, and under increased pressure to appear hostile to the European Union he conducted a press conference warning

Back to the start

Posted on: 9 December 2014

“Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young,” so Fred Astaire once said.

Out of the mouths of babes

Posted on: 9 December 2014

A story which caught my eye recently was that of a 10-year-old girl who has applied for the job as a town council leader in Finland.

A lot of frack and nonsense

Posted on: 26 November 2014

There was a heavy environmental focus as the dust settled from Alex Salmond’s farewell of sorts to party conference.

Two tribes

Posted on: 25 November 2014

The age-old discussion on balancing the curriculum between art and science has resurfaced in recent weeks, with a Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish Science Education report suggesting the Curric

Preserving the past

Posted on: 25 November 2014

In the past couple of weeks, the Scottish Parliament has paved the way for a new body to be set up to oversee the management and protection of Scotland’s heritage. 

On the menu

Posted on: 24 November 2014

Hospital food is to get a makeover, after the Scottish Government announced it is to spend a further £300,000 to help health boards improve nutritional care in hospitals. 

A nice house warming

Posted on: 12 November 2014

When I interviewed Keith Brown a couple of years ago, then also Minister for Housing, he admitted a huge amount of work needed to be done to bring homes up to scratch and make them energy efficient

The numbers game

Posted on: 11 November 2014

An extra £40m is to be invested in GP practices in deprived and rural areas, Health Secretary Alex Neil announced last week.

Hard times

Posted on: 11 November 2014

Without sounding like we’ve slipped into an episode of Game of Thrones, winter is coming. For councils, this is both literally and metaphorically the truth.

Taxing times

Posted on: 11 November 2014

The parents’ lobby has suggested education be centralised. Should anyone be surprised?

Winter warmer

Posted on: 29 October 2014

There’s nothing we like better than moaning about the weather, allegedly.

Horse whisperer

Posted on: 28 October 2014

The Commons Education Committee’s final evidence session on ‘Trojan Horse’ extremism in schools saw UK Education Secretary Nicky Morgan talking tough about what values schools should teach their st

Mind the gap

Posted on: 28 October 2014

Life expectancy continues to vary widely across Scotland, a new report from the National Records of Scotland has shown.

Joining the dots

Posted on: 27 October 2014

I’ve never been one for meetings. 

Lessons for Police Scotland on body-worn cameras

Posted on: 15 October 2014

Equipment could increase the amount of people charged, according to trial

Blah, blah, blah

Posted on: 15 October 2014

Few things are guaranteed to make me press the Off switch (mentally or physically) than jargon.

Talking point: Blacking out

Posted on: 15 October 2014

There are many hackneyed phrases so over-used that any original dramatic impetus they had is lost.

Strength in numbers

Posted on: 15 October 2014

Earlier this year Health Secretary Alex Neil issued a challenge: “We must do more to listen to and promote the voices of those we care for.

Closures and mergers

Posted on: 14 October 2014

There were tears from parents as Dunfermline’s Pitcorthie Primary became the latest school to be axed, after the Scottish Government approved a decision to close it.

Making it happen

Posted on: 12 October 2014

There was a fizz of excitement around the first day of the Scottish Greens conference.