Kept in the dark

This is a current Editorial in the BMJ by associate Professor Joseph S Ross of Yale School of Medicine:

The Scottish Government rejects sunshine legislation

The above photograph is of me standing this morning outside the bricked-up, free of light, Forth Defences, at Braefoot. It felt to me an appropriate place to go given this … Continue reading The Scottish Government rejects sunshine legislation

A Sunshine Act for Scotland [FOI update]

It is now over three years since my petition for a Sunshine Act for Scotland was closed. Over this time I have on occasion requested an update from the Scottish … Continue reading A Sunshine Act for Scotland [FOI update]

The Peoples’ March

London, Saturday 23rd March 2019: All photographs taken by my cousin Adrian Holliday. Music Credit: ‘Roll Along’ by Roddy Woomble Radio Clip at the end: ‘Thought for the day’ Radio … Continue reading The Peoples’ March

Ruins: by a ‘modern ruin’

Mavisbank: Hatton House: Gladney House: Temple of Decision: Gartincaber: Rossie Castle: Auchtavan, Glen Fearder: Barnbarroch House: Meigle steading: Jerah: Straid, Comrie: Bishopfauld, Comrie: Edmonstone Estate, Edinburgh: Amisfield Estate: Kennetpans: The … Continue reading Ruins: by a ‘modern ruin’

“Losing yourself in reading”

I thought that Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, offered lovely insights on what reading fiction means to her in this interview. I have selected a few passages that resonated … Continue reading “Losing yourself in reading”

“Tired”

The Scottish Parliament returned from summer recess this week and the First Minister outlined her Programme for Government during a speech to the Scottish Parliament. The first Minister offered “a … Continue reading “Tired”

Revolutionary Road

A few extracts from ‘Revolutionary Road’ by Richard Yates:

NHS Scotland Event 2018

Last week I attended the NHS Scotland Event 2018. It was held in Glasgow at the Scottish Event Campus. I do not attend corporate “educational” events such as this, however … Continue reading NHS Scotland Event 2018

A costometer in overdrive

In the last 3 years the National Clinical Director for NHS Scotland has been representing NHS Scotland in the following countries (in date order): London, Hong Hong, Florida, Gothenberg, Brisbane, … Continue reading A costometer in overdrive

‘Listen, let the people petition and be heard’

In September of this year it will be 5 years since I petitioned the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to introduce a Sunshine Act for Scotland. The evidence … Continue reading ‘Listen, let the people petition and be heard’

‘to occasionally let out a burst of calculated candour’

In “Corridors of Power” C.P. Snow reveals how effective it is for civil servants to: Since the 1st of April 2018, Organisational Duty of Candour has become a statutory requirement for … Continue reading ‘to occasionally let out a burst of calculated candour’