Happy New Year. After 2016, I'm reluctant to make any predictions about 2017. I can, however, confirm that I will once again be the Scottish Green Party candidate for Aberdeenshire Council's West Garioch ward in the local elections in May.
Donald Trump, as we have seen first hand here in the north east of Scotland, lacks a number of key human qualities that are essential in a leader, whether of a nation, a free world or a pack.
Immigrants are welcome in my country. Immigrants are welcome in my community. I am an ordinary, decent person. Ordinary, decent people do not worry too much about which particular section of the earth's surface their neighbour hails from.
If there are any compelling reasons to leave the EU, they certainly haven't been put forward to me. In fact, none of the Brexit arguments stack up at all for me when any time is spent considering them.
Last week, the truth – the actual truth – of the Hillsborough tragedy was finally established after 27 years. With it came some kind of justice for the 96 football supporters who lost their lives that day. Sadly this became much more than the tragedy of people not coming home from a football match.
Yesterday, Angus turned one. As any parent will tell you, this has been the most exhausting, challenging and stressful year of my life. All of which is a drop in the ocean compared to how enjoyable and exciting it has been.
In order to show compassion, one first has to have empathy. Empathy should be one of the qualities that sets humans apart. Without it, there is no humanity. This current "migrant crises" has shown that empathy is in short supply.
This weekend sees the start of the Women’s Football World Cup. A tournament that will be overlooked by many and sneered at by others, but those who dismiss women’s football are missing out on a key component of the beautiful game.
Where better place to start with my revamped website than the General Election? I was very proud to give voters in West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine an opportunity to vote Green for the first time ever.
I’ve finally got around to revamping this website. Most of the content will be political along with my opinions on current affairs but other stuff may appear from time to time; I suspect my son Angus may inspire a post or two and I also intend to invite guests to contribute too. I absolutely promise (again!) that I will post more regularly than in the past.