Pages in category "Scottish columnists"
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The following 45 pages are in this category, out of 45 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Scotland – Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It shares a border with England to the south, and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east. In addition to the mainland, the country is made up of more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles, the Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707. By inheritance in 1603, James VI, King of Scots, became King of England and King of Ireland, Scotland subsequently entered into a political union with the Kingdom of England on 1 May 1707 to create the new Kingdom of Great Britain. The union also created a new Parliament of Great Britain, which succeeded both the Parliament of Scotland and the Parliament of England. Within Scotland, the monarchy of the United Kingdom has continued to use a variety of styles, titles, the legal system within Scotland has also remained separate from those of England and Wales and Northern Ireland, Scotland constitutes a distinct jurisdiction in both public and private law. Glasgow, Scotlands largest city, was one of the worlds leading industrial cities. Other major urban areas are Aberdeen and Dundee, Scottish waters consist of a large sector of the North Atlantic and the North Sea, containing the largest oil reserves in the European Union. This has given Aberdeen, the third-largest city in Scotland, the title of Europes oil capital, following a referendum in 1997, a Scottish Parliament was re-established, in the form of a devolved unicameral legislature comprising 129 members, having authority over many areas of domestic policy. Scotland is represented in the UK Parliament by 59 MPs and in the European Parliament by 6 MEPs, Scotland is also a member nation of the British–Irish Council, and the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly. Scotland comes from Scoti, the Latin name for the Gaels, the Late Latin word Scotia was initially used to refer to Ireland. By the 11th century at the latest, Scotia was being used to refer to Scotland north of the River Forth, alongside Albania or Albany, the use of the words Scots and Scotland to encompass all of what is now Scotland became common in the Late Middle Ages. Repeated glaciations, which covered the land mass of modern Scotland. It is believed the first post-glacial groups of hunter-gatherers arrived in Scotland around 12,800 years ago, the groups of settlers began building the first known permanent houses on Scottish soil around 9,500 years ago, and the first villages around 6,000 years ago. The well-preserved village of Skara Brae on the mainland of Orkney dates from this period and it contains the remains of an early Bronze Age ruler laid out on white quartz pebbles and birch bark. It was also discovered for the first time that early Bronze Age people placed flowers in their graves, in the winter of 1850, a severe storm hit Scotland, causing widespread damage and over 200 deaths. In the Bay of Skaill, the storm stripped the earth from a large irregular knoll, when the storm cleared, local villagers found the outline of a village, consisting of a number of small houses without roofs. William Watt of Skaill, the laird, began an amateur excavation of the site, but after uncovering four houses
2. Michael Gove – Michael Andrew Gove is a British Conservative politician, who was Secretary of State for Education from 2010 to 2014 and Secretary of State for Justice from 2015 to 2016. He has been the Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath since 2005 and he is also an author and is a columnist for The Times. Born in Edinburgh, Gove was raised in Aberdeen and attended Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and he was first elected to the House of Commons in the 2005 election for the safe Conservative seat of Surrey Heath. He was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet by David Cameron in 2007 as Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools, after the formation of the Coalition Government in 2010, Gove was appointed Secretary of State for Education. Gove sought to expand the academies programme introduced by the previous Labour Government, votes of no confidence were also passed by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, National Union of Teachers and NASUWT at their conferences in 2013. In a 2014 Cabinet reshuffle, Gove was moved to the post of Chief Whip, following the 2015 election, Gove was promoted to the offices of Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. In 2016, Gove played a role in the UKs referendum on EU membership as the co-convenor of Vote Leave and along with Boris Johnson. In the first round of voting, Gove came third to Theresa May and he was eliminated from the leadership race on the second ballot on 7 July 2016. Following her appointment as Prime Minister, May did not appoint him to the Cabinet on 14 July 2016, and he was succeeded as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice by Liz Truss. Gove was born in Edinburgh and named Graham by his mother, at four months old, he was adopted by a Labour-supporting family in Aberdeen, where he was brought up. His adoptive father ran a fish processing business, his mother was a lab assistant at the University of Aberdeen before working at the Aberdeen School for the Deaf. In Aberdeen he was educated at a school, and later attended the independent Robert Gordons College. In October 2012, Gove wrote an letter to his former French teacher for misbehaving in class. From 1985 to 1988 he studied English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, Gove became a trainee reporter at the Press and Journal in Aberdeen, where he spent several months on strike in the 1989–1990 dispute over union recognition and representation. He joined the The Times in 1996 as a writer and assumed posts as its comment editor, news editor, Saturday editor. He has also written a column on politics and current affairs for the newspaper and contributed to The Times Literary Supplement, Prospect magazine. He remains on good terms with Rupert Murdoch, whom Gove described in evidence before the Leveson Inquiry as one of the most impressive and significant figures of the last 50 years. He has also written a biography of Michael Portillo and a critical study of the Northern Ireland peace process, The Price of Peace
3. George Galloway – George Galloway is a British politician, broadcaster, and writer. From 1997, Galloway represented its successor constituency Glasgow Kelvin, although a number of Labour MPs opposed the Iraq War, Galloway was the only one to be expelled from the party for his statements concerning the conflict. He was also accused in 2003 of calling on Arabs to fight British troops, in 2004, he became a member of Respect–The Unity Coalition, later known as the Respect Party, and was elected as MP for Bethnal Green and Bow at the general election the following year. After unsuccessfully contesting the seat of Poplar and Limehouse in the 2010 General Election, during the general election campaign, Galloway announced that if he lost Bradford West, he would stand in the election for London Mayor in 2016. Galloway was accused of making cutting personal attacks about Labours Mayoral candidate, however, Khan was elected as Mayor, while Galloway came seventh, on 1. 4% of the vote. In the 2016 EU membership referendum, he backed the Grassroots Out campaign which advocated a Leave vote, Galloway visited Iraq in 1994 and delivered a speech to Saddam Hussein, which ended with the statement, Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability. He has maintained that he was addressing the Iraqi people in the speech, Galloway testified to the United States Senate in 2005 over alleged illicit payments from the United Nations Oil for Food Program. Galloway supports the Palestinian side of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, taking an anti-Zionist stance, a long-standing associate of Jeremy Corbyn, Galloway has supported the Labour leader since Corbyns election in September 2015. The Respect Party voluntarily deregistered itself at the Electoral Commission in August 2016, Galloway was described by Tom Happold of The Guardian in 2005 as being renowned for his colourful rhetoric and combative debating style. The Spectator awarded him Debater of the Year in 2001, Galloway was born on 16 August 1954 in Dundee, the eldest of three, he has a younger brother and sister, Graham and Colette. His teetotal parents were George Galloway senior, a Scottish trade unionist, initially raised in Lochee, Dundee, he has described himself as born in an attic in a slum tenement in the Irish quarter of Dundee, which is known as Tipperary. His father began as an electrician, before becoming an engineer at NCR. After being laid off, he retrained as a teacher and his mother was a cleaner, and then a factory worker. According to Galloway, his father was patriotic, while his mother had Irish republican sympathies, Galloway took his mothers side in arguments. David Morley, Galloways biographer, however, writes that people who knew both father and son have said that they shared similar Marxist opinions, common in the local Labour movement of the time. According to Galloway, he grew a moustache at 15, and he decided, at the age of 18, never to drink alcohol, the reason was originally derived from comments by his father, and he has described alcohol as having a very deleterious effect on people. Galloway joined the Labour Party Young Socialists at 13 years old and was still a teenager when he became secretary of the Dundee Labour Party and he recalled in 2007, As a teenager, I fell in love with the example of Che Guevara, the Argentinian revolutionary. Galloway wrote in the year that he still admires Guevara
4. Andrew Marr – Andrew William Stevenson Marr is a British journalist and television presenter. Beginning his career as a commentator, he subsequently edited The Independent. He began hosting a political programme—Sunday AM, now called The Andrew Marr Show—on Sunday mornings on BBC One from September 2005, in 2002, Marr took over as host of BBC Radio 4s long-running Start the Week Monday morning discussion programme. In 2010, he presented a series, Andrew Marrs Megacities, examining the life, development, in early 2012 he presented The Diamond Queen, a three-part series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. In late September 2012, Marr began presenting Andrew Marrs History of the World, following a stroke in January 2013, Marr was in hospital for two months. He returned to presenting The Andrew Marr Show on 1 September 2013, Marr was born on 31 July 1959 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Donald and Valerie Marr. His father was an investment trust manager, regarding his upbringing, he has said, My family are religious and go to church. Nd I went to church as a boy and he went to read English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, graduating with a first class honours degree. He was once a member of the Socialist Campaign for a Labour Victory, at Cambridge, Marr says he was a raving leftie, and he acquired the nickname Red Andy. Marr joined The Scotsman as a trainee and junior reporter in 1981. In 1984, he moved to London where he became a correspondent for the newspaper. Marr met the political journalist Anthony Bevins, who became Marrs mentor, Bevins was responsible for Marrs first appointment at The Independent as a member of the newspapers launch staff. Marr left shortly afterwards, and joined The Economist, where he contributed to the weekly Bagehot political column, Marr has remarked that his time at The Economist changed me quite a lot and made me question a lot of my assumptions. Marr returned to The Independent as the political editor in 1992. Faced with price cutting by the Murdoch-owned Times, sales had begun to decline, with a limited advertising budget, the re-launch struggled for attention, then was mocked for reinterpreting its original marketing slogan It Is – Are You to read Its changed – have you. At the beginning of 1998, Marr was sacked, according to one version of events, according to Nick Cohens account, the sacking was due to the intervention of Alastair Campbell, director of communications for Tony Blair. Campbell had demanded that David Montgomery, the publisher, fire Marr over an article in which he had compared Blair with his predecessor John Major. Three months later, Marr returned to The Independent, Tony OReilly had increased his stake in the paper and bought out owners, the Mirror Group
5. Lorraine Kelly – Lorraine Kelly, OBE is a Scottish television presenter, journalist and actress, best known as a presenter for TV-am, and later GMTV and ITV Breakfast, on Daybreak and Lorraine. Previously, she was a reporter and main presenter of TV-ams Good Morning Britain, between 2012 and 2014, Kelly was a main female presenter of ITVs Daybreak, which she co-hosted from Monday to Thursdays with Aled Jones. Since 2011, Kelly has hosted the annual STV Childrens Appeal and she hosts the telethon and sister shows such as STV Appeal Stories and Lorraine & Friends. Kelly was born in the Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland and she is of Irish ancestry and Kellys father, John, worked as a television repairman. She spent the first few years of her life in Glasgow before the family moved to East Kilbride where she attended Claremont High School. She turned down a university place to read English and Russian in favour of a job on the East Kilbride News, her local newspaper and she moved to TV-am as an on-screen reporter covering Scottish news in 1984. In early October 1984, Kelly joined TV-am as Scotland Correspondent, in July 1989, Kelly presented TV-ams Summer Sunday programme with chief reporter Geoff Meade. In February 1990, she became a presenter of Good Morning Britain alongside Mike Morris. In January 1993, Kelly helped launch GMTV by presenting a range of programmes and her first job was presenting the new Top of the Morning. In March, when Fiona Armstrong walked out of the main GMTV show, in June 1994, Kelly went on maternity leave, but shortly afterwards she was sacked from the main presenting roles, Lorraine returned in November 94 to do a mum and baby slot. This led to her becoming the presenter of Nine OClock Live, the show proved so popular that it was moved to the earlier 08,35 slot, retitled Lorraine Live. In Autumn 2000, as GMTV rebranded to GMTV Today, Kellys show changed its name to LK Today. As part of the later rebrand that took place in 2009, Lorraine moved for the first time into the main GMTV studio, instead of having her own part of the studio to host from. In April 2010, to make GMTVs programming more consistent, GMTV with Lorraine began airing all year round, instead of breaking during school holidays, in November 2009, ITV plc took full control of the broadcaster after purchasing The Walt Disney Companys 25% share. On 6 September 2010, GMTV ended with ITV Breakfast taking over, Lorraine launched with a brand new look, alongside Daybreak. In 2011, Kelly presented the ITV series Childrens Hospital, and was a guest presenter on the BBC Two series Never Mind the Buzzcocks in Series 25 and she provides voice-over and narration on the CBeebies show Raa Raa the Noisy Lion. On 4 May 2012, it was confirmed that Kelly would take over from Christine Bleakley as presenter on Lorraines sister programme Daybreak and she debuted on 3 September 2012. She co-hosted the programme with Aled Jones from Monday to Thursday, in February 2014, Kelly announced that she would leave Daybreak to focus on Lorraine which she began hosting five days a week from 28 April 2014
6. Columnist – A columnist is someone who writes for publication in a series, creating an article that usually offers commentary and opinions. Columns appear in newspapers, magazines and other publications, including blogs and they take the form of a short essay by a specific writer who offers a personal point of view. In some instances, a column has been written by a composite or a team, appearing under a pseudonym, some columnists appear on a daily or weekly basis and later reprint the same material in book collections. In some cases, such as Winchell and Parsons, their programs were quite similar in format to their newspaper columns. Rona Barrett began as a Hollywood gossip columnist in 1957, duplicating her print tactics on television by the mid-1960s, FPA and McIntyre both collected their columns into a series of books, as did other columnists. McIntyres book, The Big Town, New York Day by Day was a bestseller, fPAs The Melancholy Lute collected selections from three decades of his columns. When Smiths column, The Totem Pole, was syndicated by United Features, he told Time, a typewriter can be a pretty formidable contraption when you sit down in front of it and say, All right, now Im going to be funny. The writing of French humor columnist Alain Rémond has been collected in books, the Miami Herald promoted humor columnist Dave Barry with this description, Dave Barry has been at The Miami Herald since 1983. A Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary, he writes about issues ranging from the economy to exploding toilets. Barry has collected his columns into a series of successful books and he stopped writing his nationally syndicated weekly column in 2005, and The Miami Herald now offers on its website a lengthy selection of past columns by Barry. It has had the advantage of high-powered promotion and it is still riding on the crest of the first big wave its own splash sent out. But Mr. Davis did think that in a decade or two the newspapers might be promoting their columns along with their comic strips, the World had started the ball rolling with billboard advertising of Heywood Brouns It Seems to Me. The McNaught Syndicate was sitting pretty with O. O. McIntyre, Will Rogers, the New York Herald Tribune offered Don Marquis and Franklin P. Adams rhymed satirically in The Conning Tower for the New York World Syndicate. A Line o Type Or Two, Bert Leston Taylors verse column in the Chicago Tribune, was now being done by Richard Henry Little. Other offerings, humorous sketches by Damon Runyon, O. Henry stories, editorials by Arthur Brisbane, Ring Lardner letter, Rippling Rhymes, by Walt Mason, in at least one situation, a column expanded to become an entire successful magazine. When Cyrus Curtis founded the Tribune and Farmer in 1879, it was a weekly with an annual subscription rate of 50 cents. With 25,000 subscribers by the end of its first year, it was such a success that Curtis sold Tribune and Farmer to put his energy into the new publication, which became the Ladies Home Journal. Advice columnist Critic Editorial opinion columnist Gossip columnist Humor columnist Food columnist Food columnists of note National Society of Newspaper Columnists
7. Wendy Alexander – Wendy Alexander is a retired Scottish politician and the former Member of the Scottish Parliament for Paisley North. She held various Scottish Government cabinet posts and was the leader of the Labour Party group in the Scottish Parliament from 2007–2008, in 2010–2011 she convened the Scotland Bill Committee on financial powers of the Scottish Parliament. In March 2016 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh for her work for the university sector, Alexander was born on 27 June 1963 to Dr Joyce O. Alexander and Reverend Douglas N. Alexander. She later gained a postgraduate MA in Industrial Relations from the University of Warwick, and she was awarded an honorary degree from Strathclyde University in 2007. After her MBA Alexander worked for Booz & Co. an international management consultancy, undertaking assignments in Europe, Asia, North America, following Tony Blairs election in May 1997, she was appointed Special Adviser to Donald Dewar when he became Secretary of State for Scotland. Wendy Alexander served as a Member of the Scottish Parliament since its creation in 1999 until 2011, as Communities Minister she launched the free central heating installation programme for all pensioners without a system. She set up the Homelessness Task Force, which led to radical homelessness legislation, the tenants subsequently voted in a referendum 2,1 in favour of transfer – the largest of its kind in the UK, involving 89,000 homes. In the face of a campaign by Stagecoach millionaire and later SNP donor Brian Souter to keep the legislation. It is not about political correctness or, even less, about marriage and it is about building a tolerant Scotland. We know that teachers are confused about the meaning of section 2A, we know that exists in our schools and elsewhere. Building on the work of the Best Value Taskforce, she announced plans for a statutory duty to secure Best Value in local government services. As Enterprise Minister Alexander launched Smart, Successful Scotland, a welcomed new economic strategy for Scotland supporting high-skill. She also championed the first broadband strategy for Scotland and took action to tackle the digital divide and she also extended Educational Maintenance Allowances to support pupils from low income families to complete their schooling. Alexander resigned from office on 4 May 2002. She inspired and led the Allander Series of seminars which had the aim of encouraging fresh thinking on Scotlands economic future and she also authored Chasing the Tartan Tiger, Lessons from a Celtic Cousin. Following the Scottish Parliament elections in May 2007, Alexander became Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance, following Jack McConnells resignation in August 2007, she announced her candidacy for Leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament. Alexander laid out her vision to Renew the party organisation, reform the policies, other contenders ruled themselves out and she was elected unopposed by Labour MSPs on 14 September 2007. As Scottish Labour leader Alexander believed that the people of Scotland told us loud and they didnt whisper – they shouted it
8. Frankie Boyle – Francis Martin Patrick Boyle is a Scottish comedian and writer, well known for his pessimistic and often controversial sense of humour. Boyle was born and raised in Glasgow to Irish parents from the Crolly area of County Donegal and he attended Holyrood Secondary school in Glasgow. After leaving school, he worked as a library assistant over the summer and he then studied Urban Planning at Aston University for a year before leaving and beginning a BA in English Literature at the University of Sussex. He graduated from university aged 22 and his first job was working in a Mental Health Hospital and he then went to a teacher training college in Edinburgh and had placements in schools, but by then he was already performing as a stand up comedian. Boyle was a regular on the BBC panel show Mock the Week from its first episode on 5 June 2005 until 17 September 2009 and he is known for his morbid sense of humour, which plays on negative images of celebrities, politicians, and society. On 2 October 2009, Boyle announced via the Mock the Weeks Facebook fan page that he was leaving the show to concentrate on other projects, Boyle has since criticised both the shows production team and the BBC Trust. He claims that the show did not cover enough major news stories, and was too restrictive on his comedy act because the producers. In October 2009, Boyle piloted a sketch and stand-up show for Channel 4, entitled Deal with This, an official page launched via Channel 4s official website, which confirmed that the shows full name is Frankie Boyles Tramadol Nights and the series was made up of six episodes. Boyle caused controversy on the show with his comments about Katie Price and Dwight Yorkes disabled son HarveyTemplate, Https, //www. ofcom. org. uk/ data/assets/pdf file/0028/46729/obb179. After the pilot was recorded, it was announced on 30 January 2012 that Channel 4 had chosen not to commission the series, nor were there any plans to commission a second series of Tramadol Nights. The pilot episode was included as a feature on the DVD release of Frankies third stand up tour, The Last Days of Sodom and featured guests Jack Whitehall. In 2014, it was released in its entirety on Boyles YouTube channel, the Boyle Variety Performance was broadcast on 19 August 2012 and featured Boyle with guests Rob Delaney, Nick Helm, Katherine Ryan and Tom Stade. A few days after the show was broadcast, Boyle attracted criticism after he posted jokes on Twitter about the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Frankie Boyles Referendum Autopsy was released on 28 September 2014, and Frankie Boyles Election Autopsy was released on 17 May 2015, through BBC iPlayer. Featuring guests Katherine Ryan and Sara Pascoe, Boyle dissected the Scottish independence referendum,2014, Frankie comically analyzes the buildup and fallout of the United States presidential election, tackling topics such as feminism, entertainment, propaganda, and guns. Special guests include Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan, Michelle Wolf, Desiree Burch, a sitcom set in a small regional theatre starring David Mitchell as a happy-go-lucky writer with writers block written by Frankie Boyle and Steven Dick, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 5 June 2014. On 1 October 2009, Boyles autobiography My Shit Life So Far was released, published by HarperCollins, die. was released in October 2011. Boyles third book, Scotlands Jesus, The Only Officially Non-racist Comedian, was released in the UK on 24 October 2013, in October 2007 Boyle embarked on a stand-up tour of Britain, playing over 100 dates and enjoying a sold-out run that was extended through until December 2008. Boyle said that he planned to quit stand-up before he turned 40, had written his final tour, Boyle performed the tour, entitled I Would Happily Punch Every One of You in the Face between March and December 2010
9. James Boyle (academic) – He was one of the founding board members of Creative Commons, and formerly held the position of Chairman. Boyle graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1980 and subsequently studied at Harvard Law School and he joined Duke University School of Law in July 2000. He had previously taught at American University, Yale, Harvard, and he is the author of Shamans, Software and Spleens, Law and Construction of the Information Society as well as a novel published under a Creative Commons license, The Shakespeare Chronicles. It was also published under a non-commercial CC BY-NC-SA Creative Commons license, boyle also contributes a column to the Financial Times New Technology Policy Forum
10. Pete Cashmore – Pete Cashmore is the CEO and founder of the popular blog Mashable, a Technorati Top 10 blog worldwide. He grew up in Banchory, and founded Mashable in Aberdeen, in 2009, Cashmore was recognized in Inc. s 30 Under 30, Forbes Top 25 Web Celebs, and The Huffington Posts Top 10 Game Changers 2009. He writes a column on technology and social media at CNN. In 2012, Cashmore made Time magazines list of the 100 most influential people, Pete Cashmore was also crowned by INQ as the most influential Briton and most influential Twitter user in the world in 2009. Official website Pete Cashmore on Facebook