The President of the United States visits Scotland this weekend. Not so long ago that would have been a cause for celebration, yet Donald Trump’s trip is likely to see protest marches and a snub from the government.
I have relatives who toasted white supremacists of the US south. The moment occurred decades ago, according to a family tale, a story only recounted once, and in disgust. That it was all a long time ago is the point – we forget our sins.
This is typed from the same desk as my first column for a newspaper, written 18 years ago. I look up and there is the same view of Loch Tay. In the foreground a burn and some trees, then a field, patchy with reeds. Then the loch water, with a pattern of light that is never the same across the surface. And then the hills to the south.
Thousands marched to protest about Donald Trump’s suspect election and anarchic presidency yet we learn the Brexit vote was corrupt and the streets are empty.
Britain is debating with itself over Brexit. So says Leo Varadkar, the Irish Taoiseach.
Occasionally refugees get stuck at airports –passports no longer valid, they become stranded in diplomatic limbo among the duty-free.
The world’s oldest shipwreck was discovered this week, just in time for the Brexit countdown. Any parallels between old, wooden plans sinking to the depths should not be drawn – at least the Greek vessel found its bottom.