A letter from Scotland

jackie kemp
An update on Scotland's politics, culture, social affairs
Created 30 Jul 2021
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  • November 23
    24 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    It is the end of the season in the north-west Highlands. Shops are on reduced hours, many restaurants, hotels and cafes are closing up. Journey times are shorter because the roads are more or less emp...
  • November 16
    16 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    We hosted Mathias Lyamunda, the chief executive of an NGO in Tanzania, as part of the HomeStay network for COP26. This gave us a glimpse of an African perspective on the climate change conference. Afr...
  • Nov 14
    14 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    I am going to send out a newsletter on the subject of COP26 in Glasgow - but in the meantime, here is a photo by Rob Bruce. It was taken at the end of the summer when a group of people from our commun...
  • November 2
    02 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Food production will have to change to deliver the methane emissions reductions agreed at COP26. How will this work? Last week, I interviewed a “regenerative farmer” in Fife who may have some answers....
  • October 23
    24 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 2 1
    It was interesting to see on the front page of the FT last week visitors to COP26 complaining that the nearest accommodation to the conference was in Edinburgh, 45 miles away. “Our people are coming f...
  • October 13
    12 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 3 3
    The right-wing pro-Brexit faction of the Conservative party which controls the UK Government seems to be taking a lot of leaves out of the playbook of Movement Conservatives in the US. Britain’s unele...
  • October 5
    05 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    The political landscape of Germany and the UK and the US offers quite a contrast at the moment. The result of the German election means that there may be a traffic light coalition with the red Social ...
  • September 28
    28 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Britain’s current winter crisis seems to be unfolding on many fronts at once - one is the collapse of several small energy suppliers. A friend of mine who lives in a large apartment on a fixed income ...
  • September 21
    21 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Artists in Edinburgh’s Abbeyhill Colonies opened their houses, studios or gardens to show their work in an annual garden party gala at the weekend. I know one of them, Fraser McIntosh, and went along ...
  • September 15
    14 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 5 4
    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gave her keynote speech to the Scottish National Party’s annual conference yesterday, saying there would be a referendum on Scottish independence by the end o...
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