Valentine’s Day approaches with all the joy and anxiety we associate with love.
Back in 1999, the night before it was announced, John Swinney was bounced into accepting the “Penny For Scotland” policy.
Aberdeen, oil capital of Europe and boom town for decades, is finally feeling the pinch.
We are surrounded by zombies. The living dead from the referendum. Not just individuals but whole institutions, gripped by old arguments and incapable of new thought about the future.
Alex Bell is a former head of policy to Alex Salmond in the Scottish Government and a journalist of 30 years’ standing. Here he begins a new weekly column for The Courier.