The history of Scotland’s population

I recently had to write an essay for university about changes in Scotland’s population since 1945. While I was writing that I happened, almost by chance, upon The Registrar General’s Annual Review of Demographic Trends 2004. What’s so special about 2004? It was the 150th anniversary of civil registration (which began in 1855, in case […]

They aren’t fairies; they are rich bastards

Straight in at number one in the Journalism Cliches chart is Gretna’s “fairytale” cup run. Rubbish. There is nothing fairytale-like about being a rich bastard. It’s just Chelsea in black and white. They just happen to be in the Scottish second division. (My friend Alan agrees. Of course, we are unbiased and our views have […]