Who are these folk up the hill?

On the 5th of December 2017 the Scottish Parliament considered two matters relating to NHS Scotland. In the morning, Sir Harry Burns presented his review on Targets to the Health … Continue reading Who are these folk up the hill?

Honesty and openness: ‘not an edited official tale’

When Nicola Surgeon became First Minister of Scotland she said: “I intend that we will be an open and accessible Government” (26 November 2014) On the Front page of the … Continue reading Honesty and openness: ‘not an edited official tale’

At the end of the corridor

                           

Closed by the Scottish Parliament: a Sunshine Act

My petition was closed on the 8th March 2016, after the following consideration by the Public Petition’s Committee: I was naturally disappointed. I was invited by the Scottish Parliament to give … Continue reading Closed by the Scottish Parliament: a Sunshine Act

“The shadowy mandarin class deserves greater scrutiny”

This was a recent post by Walter Humes for the Scottish Review. I read this as a personal view about the civil service in Scotland  (and not just about the governance … Continue reading “The shadowy mandarin class deserves greater scrutiny”

A Friend of Liberty: Professor Walter Humes

Professor Walter Humes, writing in Scottish Review, 21st September 2015: “For some time I have been copied into email exchanges concerning how complaints against public bodies are dealt with. I … Continue reading A Friend of Liberty: Professor Walter Humes