Category Archives: scotland

‘That’s what the faeries sent you’

The above was an oft-repeated observation of my mother’s, whenever some of what a Buddhist would probably consider karma landed in my lap after I’d been a bit of a shit. Among Europeans, the phrase (and the reaction) seems to be commoner in Celtic cultures, although I’m sure it has its residues elsewhere. To that […]

Low Ryder

The cost of sending a delegation led by First Minister Alex Salmond to the Ryder Cup golf tournament in America was almost £470,000, the Scottish government has said. The trip in September was part of a plan to “maximise the economic benefits” of hosting the cup in Scotland in 2014. The government estimates the event […]

Breach of the Peace

Passengers on Edinburgh’s new tram system will face fines of up to £1,000 and year-long bans if they break any of the rules on a new list. A set of bylaws including drinking alcohol, playing music too loudly and wearing offensive T-shirts are to go before councillors on Thursday. Under the rules explosives are banned […]

‘Bigot of the Year!’

‘We are lawyers, words are our tools’ was one of my pupil-master’s favourite lines, and if anything, lawyering has made me even more careful with how I speak and write than literature and publishing ever did. Yes, I know, the way lawyers parse a statute or a case can seem like mindless pettifogging. There are […]

Delusions of Relevance

  About 200 Muslims have staged a protest outside the Scottish Parliament. The group were demonstrating against the anti-Islam film, Innocence Of Muslims, made in the US, which has caused offence across the Muslim world. The rally was attended by Muslims from across Edinburgh who were demanding action to curb religious hatred. Demonstrators waved banners […]

The past really is a foreign country

The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. (L.P. Hartley, The Go-Between) I was forcibly reminded of the truth of Hartley’s statement while undertaking some legal research today. I have been conducting research into the doctrine of specific performance, which is when a court orders a party to a contract to perform […]

‘A Plea in Law for Equal Marriage’

As many of you know, I won the 2012 Law Society of Scotland Essay Award for a piece entitled ‘A Plea in Law for Equal Marriage’. The question to which my paper was a response was this: An MSP would like to bring forward a member’s bill in the Scottish Parliament. She would like it […]

'A Plea in Law for Equal Marriage'

As many of you know, I won the 2012 Law Society of Scotland Essay Award for a piece entitled ‘A Plea in Law for Equal Marriage’. The question to which my paper was a response was this: An MSP would like to bring forward a member’s bill in the Scottish Parliament. She would like it […]

A chicken in the sex class

Apologies for the distinctly pomo headline, but it actually goes some way to highlighting the salient points in the latest gay rights stushie to engulf the United States. Yes, the chicken in the sex class stushie started simply enough… with (and in) a fast food chain. Playing chicken The fast food chain in question is […]

The Law is an Ass Bandit

Scotland could become the first part of the UK to introduce gay marriage after the SNP government announced plans to make the change. Ministers confirmed they would bring forward a bill on the issue, indicating the earliest ceremonies could take place by the start of 2015. Political leaders, equality organisations and some faith groups welcomed […]