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1. 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
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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
7. B. C. Forbes – Bertie Charles Forbes was a Scottish-born American financial journalist and author who founded Forbes magazine. Forbes was born in New Deer, Aberdeenshire, in Scotland, the son of Agnes and Robert Forbes and he left Hearst after two years to become the business and financial editor at the New York American where he remained until 1916. Forbes was the founder of the Investors League in 1942 and his body was returned to his native Scotland, and lies buried in the cemetery at Hill of Culsh, Aberdeenshire. B. C. C. Forbes at Internet Archive Bertie Charles Forbes papers at Syracuse University Special Collections Research Center
8. 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
9. 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
10. Armando Iannucci – Armando Giovanni Iannucci, OBE is a Scottish satirist, writer, television director, and radio producer. Born in Glasgow, Iannucci studied at Oxford University and left work on a PhD about John Milton to pursue a career in comedy. Starting on BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 4, his work with Chris Morris on the radio series On the Hour was transferred to television as The Day Today. A character from series, Alan Partridge, went on to feature in a number of Iannuccis television and radio programmes including Knowing Me, Knowing You. In the meantime, Iannucci also fronted the satirical Armistice review shows and in 2001 created his most personal work, The Armando Iannucci Shows, for Channel 4. Moving back to the BBC in 2005, Iannucci created the political sitcom The Thick of It as well as the spoof documentary Time Trumpet in 2006. Winning funding from the UK Film Council, he directed an acclaimed feature film, In the Loop. As a result of works, he has been described by The Daily Telegraph as the hardman of political satire. Iannucci created the HBO political satire Veep, and was its showrunner for four seasons from 2012 to 2015, other works during this period include an operetta libretto, Skin Deep, and his radio series Charm Offensive. In March 2012, it was announced that he is working on his first novel, Tongue International and his father, also called Armando, is from Naples, while his mother was born in Glasgow to an Italian family. His father, who came to Scotland in 1950, ran a pizza factory, Iannucci has two brothers and a sister. He was educated at St Peters Primary School, St. Aloysius College, Glasgow, the University of Glasgow, and University College, Oxford, in his teens, he thought seriously about becoming a Roman Catholic priest. He abandoned graduate work on 17th-century religious language, with reference to Miltons Paradise Lost. Iannucci first received fame as the producer for On the Hour on Radio 4. Baynham was closely involved with both Morriss and Lee & Herrings work – simultaneously at one point, between 1995 and 1999, Iannucci produced and hosted The Saturday Night Armistice. In 2000, he created two pilot episodes for Channel 4, which became The Armando Iannucci Shows and this was an eight-part series for Channel 4 broadcast in 2001, written with Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil. The series consisted of Iannucci pondering pseudo-philosophical and jocular ideas and fantasies in between surreal sketches, Iannucci has been quoted as saying it is the comedy series he is most proud of making. He told The Metro in April 2007 The Armando Iannucci Show on Channel 4 came out around 9/11, people had other things on their minds
11. 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
12. Margo MacDonald – Margo Symington MacDonald was a Scottish teacher, broadcaster and politician. She was the Scottish National Party Member of Parliament for Glasgow Govan from 1973 to 1974 and was Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party from 1974 to 1979 and she later served as an SNP and then Independent Member of the Scottish Parliament for Lothian from 1999 until her death. Margo Symington Aitken was born in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, and grew up in and around East Kilbride, one of three siblings. Her mother, Jean, was a nurse, and her father and she was educated at Hamilton Academy, and trained as a teacher of physical education at Dunfermline College of Physical Education immediately after leaving school. She married her first husband, Peter MacDonald, in 1965, and they ran a Blantyre pub, the MacDonalds had two daughters, Petra and Zoe, before the marriage ended in divorce. Her second marriage was to politician and columnist Jim Sillars. Sillars went on to win the 1988 Glasgow Govan by-election for the SNP and her daughter Petra is married to Craig Reid of the Proclaimers, they have four children. A committed and vocal supporter of Scottish independence, MacDonald entered parliamentary politics by winning the Glasgow Govan by-election,1973 as an SNP candidate at 30 years old. There were scenes of near-hysteria by supporters as she was declared the winner in what had and her election, during the last months of the Conservative Heath government, overturned the theory that the SNP can thrive only when a Labour Government is in office. She failed to retain her seat in the general election of February 1974. At a December 1974 National Council meeting, Margo criticised the SNP for failing to win seats from Labour in industrial Scotland and she had already been selected as the SNP candidate in Hamilton when the death of the MP led to the Hamilton by-election,1978, which she lost. At the 1979 general election she was a candidate in Glasgow Shettleston. In 1982, Margo resigned from the SNP in protest of the 79 Groups proscription and she began to establish herself as a forceful and respected presenter of various radio and television programmes, including the short-lived Colour Supplement for Radio 4 in the mid-1980s. She contributed regularly to Scottish newspapers including the Edinburgh Evening News near the end of her life, by the mid-1990s, she had returned to the SNP and in 1999 she was elected to the Scottish Parliament, representing the Lothians. She earned a high profile by her outspoken views on a number of issues, including sex workers rights. She quickly established herself as a rebel within the party, and was disciplined in 2000 for missing a vote without permission. She placed fifth on the SNP list for Lothians for the 2003 Parliament election, in response, there were a spate of resignations from the party, and MacDonald decided to stand as an independent. For this, she was expelled from the SNP on 28 January 2003
13. 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
14. Joan McAlpine – Joan McAlpine MSP is a Scottish journalist and Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for the South Scotland region. She has a column in the The Daily Record newspaper and is author of the blog Go Lassie Go, McAlpine was born in Gourock, Renfrewshire, and attended St Ninians Primary School in Gourock and St Columbas High School in Greenock. She has an MA in Scottish History and Economic History from University of Glasgow and she also has a Postgraduate Diploma in newspaper journalism from City University in London. McAlpine was formerly married to the writer and musician Pat Kane, McAlpine began her career at the Greenock Telegraph in 1987. She went on to work for The Scotsman and The Sunday Times and she also wrote a weekly column for The Scotsman. Her blog, Go Lassie Go, was voted Scotlands top media blog in 2010, in 1994 McAlpine co-authored a book on the history of the anti-poll tax campaign, A Time to Rage, with the political activist Tommy Sheridan. In 1999 a programme Border Television written and presented by McAlpine, Crossing the Border, received a commendation, McAlpine was elected as a list MSP for the South of Scotland region in the 2011 Scottish parliamentary election. She has been an adviser for the SNP. McAlpine wrote speeches for the then First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond. In January 2012, McAlpine stated that individuals who criticized the policies of the SNP were anti-Scottish, McAlpine is a member of the Scottish Parliamentary Committee on Education and Culture. In February 2014, it was reported that McAlpine had claimed £1,750 in expenses relating to photography, the photographer only completed six of the ten assignments paid for and refused to complete the work when their relationship broke down. McAlpine then repaid the expense claim, after the incident was made public, McAlpine referred her case to the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, but it was found that there was no case to answer. Go Lassie Go - online blog Scottish Parliament Members page Joan McAlpine on Twitter The Guardian articles The Scotsman articles
15. Scottie McClue – When Lancashire independent radio station Red Rose Radio was split into two frequencies, programme director John Myers wanted distinctive programming for the medium wave service, Red Rose Gold. Myers encouraged Colin Lamont to present the stations late-night phone-in and they believed, however, that the name Colin did not connote showbusiness. Inspired by the host of a kids film club in Carlisle. In 1994 Scottie McClue moved to Scot FM in Edinburgh, to present a new late night phone in, the show received sufficient calls to cause BT to limit the number of calls on the number. In 2001 Scottie returned to Scotland on Q96 with his shows being simulcast, Scottie McClue had, as analyst Mary Talbot observes, achieved a degree of infamy as a highly confrontational talk radio host. Scottie joined Q96 in 2005 before moving to its UTV sister station Talk 107, in July 2008 Scottie McClue participated in a special edition of BBC Radios Fighting Talk at the Radio Academys Radio Festival in Glasgow. Scottie McClue also presented on many mainstream Scottish radio stations including Forth & Clyde and from 2008 L107 where he served in a shareholder. The station lasted just over a year until reported company debts caused a dispute which led to the breakdown of the partnership. A live video, An Audience With Scottie McClue was released in 1996, while working with Century 105 in Salford in 1999, he also released a CD called The Best of Scottie McClue. Otton, Gary, Sexual fascism, sex in the Scottish media, Edinburgh, Talbot, Mary, Media discourse, representation and interaction, Edinburgh University Press,2007. The official site of Scottie McClue
16. Michelle McManus – Michelle McManus is a Scottish singer, television presenter, columnist, actress and radio DJ who is perhaps best recalled as the winner of the second series of UK talent show Pop Idol in 2003. McManuss debut single, All This Time, entered both the UK Singles Chart and Scottish Singles Chart at number one in January 2004. Her first album, The Meaning of Love, was released in February 2004, later that year, BMG dropped McManus from the label. In 2009, McManus became co-presenter presenter of STVs lifestyle magazine show The Hour, originally alongside Stephen Jardine and later, the programme was cancelled in 2011 due to poor viewing figures. Michelle McManus was born in 1980 in Queen Mothers Maternity Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland to John McManus and Helen McManus, before auditioning for Pop Idol, McManus lived in the Glasgow district of Baillieston, to the east of city with her mother and sisters. In early 2003, McManus auditioned for the season of Pop Idol. Of the four judges, Pete Waterman in particular was critical as to whether she could make a career in the music industry, throughout the finals, McManus was in the bottom 3 only once, and on 20 December 2003, she was declared the winner of Pop Idol. When McManus won the competition, judge Pete Waterman stormed off the Pop Idol set in protest, louis Walsh, a judge of sister show Popstars, The Rivals, was bewildered by McManuss victory, and lamented that we have to give her, her 15 minutes. Scotsman reporter Fiona Shepherd said of the win, McManuss victory was not some triumph of talent over image - the very opposite, if she was a modelesque girl with as unremarkable a voice, the voting public would not have cared. George Tyndale in the Sunday Mercury expressed similar sentiments, arguing that McManus won because of the fat vote and he disapproved of McManuss professed satisfaction with her weight as well as her elevation to celebrity status, writing, The harm this has done is incalculable. Lives may, quite literally, be at stake, daily Telegraph journalist Viktoria Tolstoy said McManuss victory seemed to suggest that the pool of talent available to the judges is seriously diminishing. The song went straight to one on the UK Singles Chart. McManus is the first Scottish female to debut at the top of the UK Singles Chart, in Ireland, the song debuted at Number 5 before rising to 2. It went on to receive a Gold certification from the British Phonographic Industry for sales of over 200,000 in the UK, as a result of disappointing record sales, McManus was dropped by her label. On 22 June 2005, McManus appeared on a 60-minute television special of You Are What You Eat with the author, a follow-up was broadcast on 13 December 2005, which profiled McManus and her weight loss since the last programme. McManus released a book in December 2005 entitled You Are What You Eat, the book documented her journey from winning Pop Idol to appearing on You Are What You Eat, with particular reference to her weight issues and subsequent slimming. Further to this, in December 2006 McManus released a DVD called The Life Plan, in September 2005, McManus appeared in an episode of the BBC One holiday magazine programme Departure Lounge. The episode showed McManus travelling to and around Memphis, Tennessee in the United States, as part of the trip, McManus visited Graceland, home to her idol Elvis Presley
17. Neil Munro (writer) – Neil Munro was a Scottish journalist, newspaper editor, author and literary critic. He was basically a serious writer, but is now known for his humorous short stories. They were originally published in the Glasgow Evening News, but collections were published as books and he was an early promoter of the works of both Conrad and Rudyard Kipling. Munro was born in Inveraray, the son of Ann Munro. His death certificate gives his fathers name as James Thompson Munro and he was brought up by his maternal grandparents and an aunt. He attended Glencaddie Primary School and Church Square Public School, leaving at 14, for five years he worked in the office of the Sheriff Clerk of Argyll, a fairly prestigious post that has led to speculation that he may have had undisclosed family connections. He semi-retired from journalism in 1902 to concentrate on other writing, Munro published several novels under his own name. Initially he had success writing historical novels, most of them set in the Highlands. Later he attempted to expand his range, with mixed success. In 1914 he returned to a Highland historical setting with the last of his novels, The New Road and he then concentrated on journalism again, but his work was affected by his poor health and the death of his son Hugh in the First World War. He died in Craigendoran, Helensburgh, on 22 December 1930, however, after his death his serious novels faded from view, with the partial exception of The New Road, and he came to be remembered primarily as the creator of Para Handy. This change in Munros reputation was accelerated by Hugh MacDiarmid, who became a detractor of Munros style
18. Fraser Nelson – Fraser Nelson is a British political journalist and editor of The Spectator magazine. Educated at Nairn Academy and Dollar Academy, Nelson went on to history and politics at the University of Glasgow and gained a diploma in journalism at City University. He is Catholic, and he worked as a barman at Cleos in Rosyth. Nelson began his career as a business reporter with The Times in 1997. At a party he met Andrew Neil, then editor of The Scotsman who recruited him as its editor in 2001. In 2003 he moved to The Business, a title of The Scotsman in the Barclay brothers Press Holdings group. In July 2004 the brothers bought The Telegraph Group, which included The Spectator, Neil had been appointed Chief Executive of The Spectator after the Barclays bought it, and in 2006 he brought in Nelson as associate editor and then political editor of the magazine. He replaced Matthew dAncona as editor of The Spectator when the latter was sacked in August 2009. In addition to his role as editor of The Spectator, Nelson was a political columnist for the News of the World from 2006 and he was named Political Columnist of the Year in the 2009 Comment Awards. In 2013, the Evening Standard named Nelson as one of the most influential journalists working in London, the British Society of Magazine Editors awarded Nelson the 2013 Editors’ Editor of the Year. In the same year he won the British Press Award as Political journalist of the Year, Nelson is an economic libertarian and a supporter of the Conservative Party. Nelson has stated that he is a supporter of immigration and he describes The Spectator magazine under his editorship as right of centre, but not strongly right of centre. He has on occasion criticised David Camerons leadership but is generally supportive, the irony is that Britain does not need legislation to make it more liberal. It can already claim to be one of the most tolerant places on earth, the 2011 census showed how we have absorbed the unprecedented rates of immigration over the past decade without anything like the far-Right backlash seen on the Continent. If the Unitarian Church and certain strands of Judaism want to marry gay couples on their premises, for the record, I quite agree. Religious freedom in Britain ought to be universal, extended to the handful of churches or synagogues who want same-sex marriage, David Cameron is the Prime Minister of a country where 48 per cent of children will see their parents split up. Strip out immigrants and only a minority of British babies are born to married parents, by the age of 16, a British child is considerably more likely to have a television in the bedroom than a father in the house. Interview in the Sunday Herald, June 2009 Interview in the Independent on Sunday, March 2010 Articles at The Spectator Articles at The Scotsman Articles at The Business journalisted. com, Fraser Nelson
19. Cameron Stout – Cameron Stout was the winner of Big Brother 2003. He received 1.9 million votes,500,000 more than runner-up Ray Shah, Cameron is the elder brother of television and radio presenter Julyan Sinclair. Before the contest, Stout had worked as a trader for an American company in Orkney in Scotland. Stout was known for his strong evangelical Christian beliefs and was proud in admitting his virginity, for this, and his belief that sex should only take place within marriage, he was mocked by the British tabloid press as a bible basher. During his time in the Big Brother house Cameron was involved in a swap with the Big Brother Africa house and he swapped places with Big Brother Africa housemate Gaetano Kagwa. Cameron gained immunity from eviction for a period of two weeks, Stout later became a spokesman for the Hall of Clestrain in the BBC television series Restoration, and has also co-presented the BBC Scotland series Teen Commandments in 2004 with Edith Bowman. He has also stood in for Robbie Shepherd on BBC Radio Scotland, Stout writes regular columns for The Sunday Post and the Aberdeen Evening Express, plus a guest column for The Sunday Post, when Big Brother is on air in the UK. He has appeared in pantomime in Aberdeen and Glasgow and is involved with various charitable events, in 2004, Stromness Museum opened an exhibition about Stouts times in the Big Brother house. Objects included in the display include his letter of acceptance and his suitcase, in January 2008 Stout was preparing for an overland trip to China, called Paisley - Peking, with Alex Richards. They aimed to use the trip as a fund-raiser for the Glasgow-based charity, Cameron Stout talks to Off The Telly about his experience in Big Brother 4
20. Kevin Williamson (writer) – Kevin Williamson is a writer, publisher, and activist originally from Caithness. He is a Scottish socialist and republican and was an activist for the Scottish Socialist Party and he wrote a regular weekly column, Rebel Ink, for the Scottish Socialist Voice. He has also championed such major Scottish writers as James Kelman, Duncan McLean, Gordon Legge and he is a long-time campaigner for the legalisation of cannabis, and unsuccessfully tried to open a hash cafe in Edinburgh. In 1997 Williamson went on a National Change The Drug Laws tour with former cannabis smuggler Howard Marks, in 1999, Williamson stood as an SSP candidate in the first ever elections to the Scottish Parliament in the Edinburgh Central constituency. In 2001, he stood again for the SSP in Edinburgh Central in the Westminster General Election, in 2003, Williamson became the first person to be physically ejected by the police from the Scottish Parliament when he made an anti-war protest wearing a George Bush mask. Williamson is strong supporter of Scottish independence and Independence First and he also suggested that Unionism is an intrinsically right wing concern, compared to the progressive nature of true-blood Scots and Scottish nationalists. In August 2006, in the aftermath of Tommy Sheridans libel case against the News of the World, Williamson parted company with the Scottish Socialist Party. A lengthy letter of resignation was published online which contained a critical attack on Tommy Sheridan. Since acrimoniously parting company with Canongate Books, Williamson has worked as a newspaper columnist and cultural commentator, regularly appearing in print and on television, in 2002, his regular weekly column in The Herald was controversially axed because of his outspoken views on Israel. His published work includes A Visitors Guide To Edinburgh, and Drugs and his poetry has been published in anthologies and magazines. In 2005, he won the Robert Louis Stevenson Award for literature and his first collection of poetry, In A Room Darkened, was published by Two Ravens Press in October 2007. Williamson was also a contributor to Pax Edina, The One O Clock Gun Anthology Selected poetry by Williamson Letter of Resignation from SSP