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Talking Point: Courting change

Posted on: 24 June 2014

Tory MSP John Lamont used the word “bombshell” when, just over a year ago, Eric McQueen, chief executive of the Scottish Court Service, 

Sense of self

Posted on: 24 June 2014

Audit Scotland’s recent report into the progress on self-directed support (SDS) will have made uneasy reading for councillors.

Talking point: power to the people

Posted on: 23 June 2014

For the past couple of years, there has been a buzz in local government circles around the Community Empowerment Bill.

Career opportunities

Posted on: 18 June 2014

Fewer than 40 per cent of students at Scotland’s best universities believe they will find work after graduating, with most expecting to go into postgraduate study.

Talking Point: Getting the monkey off their back

Posted on: 12 June 2014

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland published findi

Talking point: Keep on rolling

Posted on: 10 June 2014

Stop the press and try not to fall off your seat: Edinburgh’s notorious and much maligned trams are finally operational!

Talking point: Cross-border tales

Posted on: 10 June 2014

One of the most famous children’s hospitals in the world was forced to enter the debate on Scottish independence last week, after a cinema advert by the ‘Vote No Borders’ campaign appeared to sugge

Talking Point: Climate clarity

Posted on: 28 May 2014

Appearing at the Parliament’s Environment Committee, Owen Paterson was always likely to face some tricky questions.

Talking Point: Power of emotion

Posted on: 28 May 2014

Carrying a knife ruins your life and your family’s life. That is the message the next phase of government-backed initiative, No Knives, Better Lives (NKBL), will look to embrace.

Talking Point: Interest rates

Posted on: 27 May 2014

Monetary policy decision becoming 'more balanced'

Talking point: Growing pains

Posted on: 27 May 2014

Recent research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland has revealed almost 100 towns and cities across the country are facing, or have been hit with, the closure of a local servi

Talking point: Equal choice

Posted on: 27 May 2014

Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, is a world leader in health inequalities, so when he presented evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s He

Talking point: Public servants

Posted on: 27 May 2014

An 80-year-old woman in China provides us all with a lesson in public service

Bike bells ring out in Edinburgh

Posted on: 20 May 2014

If organisers were worried the second&n

Talking point: 10 years on, still turning

Posted on: 8 May 2014

As one of the small CalMac island ferri

Talking point: Turning up the heat

Posted on: 5 May 2014

The SNP’s determination to keep the independence debate moving on its own terms has been emphasised by a pointed statement on energy security.

Talking Point: Spent Energy

Posted on: 30 April 2014

Legislation can only go so far.

Talking Point: Prevention is the best cure

Posted on: 16 April 2014

Close your eyes. Imagine someone you care about being verbally or physically abused in the street. A stranger walks on by. They do nothing.

The meat industry and me

Posted on: 28 March 2014

This month, for the first time in seven years, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release a report on the impact of emissions on the earth’s climate.

Talking Point: Losing fish in a barrel

Posted on: 17 March 2014

UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond recently announced to the House of Commons that "low levels of radioactivity" had been detected in the cooling waters at Dounreay, following a nuclear submarine

Talking point: Lights out

Posted on: 11 March 2014

On 23 March, Scottish landmarks and hou

Surely not? A moving Edinburgh tram…with passengers too!

Posted on: 8 March 2014

Pursuing excellence

Posted on: 5 March 2014

A couple of weeks ago I helped make up the judging panel for the COSLA Excellence Awards.

Talking point: Oil's well that ends well

Posted on: 4 March 2014

There was never any doubt that North Sea oil would feature heavily in the independence debate.

Talking Point: Recycling incentives

Posted on: 17 February 2014

Scottish households could save £470 per year by cutting down on food waste, according to a new campaign from Zero Waste Scotland.

Half time

Posted on: 5 February 2014

As the commission set up by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) continues to take evidence in its quest to uncover how to put local democracy at the heart of Scotland’s future, discussions south of the border are taking a more dramatic twist.

Learning your label

Posted on: 5 February 2014

A re-founding of the country’s national anti-stigma campaign ‘see me’ highlights awareness of living with a label. ‘See me, not a label’ says the tagline.

Talking point: Trouble with sea eagles

Posted on: 3 February 2014

For an animal so keen to maintain its privacy, sea eagles certainly seem to have been doing their best to court controversy in recent weeks.

Talking Point: In Black and White

Posted on: 4 December 2013

In my parents’ house, there is a framed

Talking point: Eye of the storm

Posted on: 20 November 2013

It is very easy to get lost in numbers