Better together: my dream for my grand-daughter

These are my remarks that I gave today at the Scottish Women’s Convention’s debate on the independence referendum. Thanks to the audience of great women, from across Scotland, who made it such a lively, passionate event.  In a few week’s time my grand-daughter will be born. I want her to grow up in a country […]

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That was the week that was

It has been a momentous week. Robbie Williams’ new LP became the 1,000th number one in the album charts Nigella Lawson’s life was ripped apart, again. And Scotland’s First Minister, and his faithful deputy, published their prospectus for breaking up the United Kingdom. Scotland’s Future is 670 pages long. And every one of those pages […]

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Two invitations in one day

I got not one, but two, invitations today. Most unusual. The first was to speak, with my new comrade Kate Higgins, at the Women in Parliament dinner next week. I immediately said yes, even though it meant rearranging a trip to Leeds to spend time with my husband. I may not be in frontline politics […]

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Okay, so it’s my birthday

I share a birthday with Sean Connery, probably the best ever Bond and one of Scotland’s few global icons; Jim Wallace, one of the UK’s nicest politicians and Elvis Costello, the best singer British songwriter alive today. So, what have I achieved in my first 57 years… Well I’ve made a lot of mistakes. Probably […]

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Women on top

Dr Margaret Sutherland (r) and me (l) with Alice Harding Shackleford, UN Women’s country representative in Malawi. Fifteen good women (and one good bloke) had a great conversation yesterday in Glasgow, discussing gender equality, Malawi, patriarchy and, of course, the glorious sunshine. Little known fact. It was warmer yesterday in Blantyre, Scotland than Blantyre, Malawi.

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Bowie: where are we now?

It was a tweet from his son Duncan Jones that alerted me – and quite a few thousand others, to the stunning news that David Bowie had made his first album for more than a decade. “Who wants to know a secret?” he teased at midnight New York time, 5.00 am here in the UK. […]

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A recipe for disaster

642 Things to write about #6 I am not looking forward to 2013. Let me qualify that. I am looking forward to lots of things in 2013. Spending time with my grandchildren. Working in Malawi. Hopefully enjoying the Greek sunshine with my husband. Planting more lavender bushes. The occasional rummage round TK Maxx. Suppers with […]

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