An altered boy observing the Pope’s visit from a distance

For a Coatbridge boy, and now a sub-cosmopolitan man, Pope Benedict's visit has raised a small storm of memory, politics and ethics in my...

Glimpse of growth in independence policy stramash

There has been the usual soul-shrivelling yah-boo around the SNP's postponement of its independence referendum. Salmond tarring the "Unionist" parties as anti-democratic wreckers, Iain...

The Edinburgh script beyond milling bourgeoisie and shilling performers

"You know, we really have to blame the politicians for all this”, said the ancient, modulated voice from the front row. “Clinton wanted us...

How we swapped leisure for money, overwork and consumerism

It's quite a moment to be starting a weekly Scottish column again. This was a fortnight when two of our political and cultural titans...