I'm a Glaswegian but was brought up in Aberdeen, where I became a supporter of the Dons. Still am, despite everything. Studied history at Oxford, then a year at Newcastle learning (allegedly) how to be a journalist. Then the Scotsman for 12 years, then The Herald, latterly as editor. Received the Lord Provost of Glasgow’s Medal for “giving Glasgow a voice”. Retired in 2001 but in 2004 asked to write a weekly column. I've written books on the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Press, Scottish football and the Reformation.
John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, is an eloquent and passionate man. His attack on the Coalition Government – and big business – for ignoring the plight of millions of underpaid employees is perhaps ill-timed, as the politicians are about to depart on their long summer break, but his point is very well made. It has become impossible in many parts of the UK to live a decent life on the pitiful wages that so many receive for their hard and honest work.
That is hardly likely to be the clarion call from Alistair Darling, leader of Better Together, as he makes the case against Scottish independence in the long build-up to next year's referendum. Yet there is a cogent case to be made that a No vote would lead to far more uncertainty than a positive Yes vote.