I joined the BBC's devolution unit in 1979 from university, becoming Scottish political correspondent in 1987. In the 1990s I moved to London and was a member of the Lobby for nearly ten years writing for various national newspapers and presenting BBC network programmes. I returned in 1999 with the creation of the Scottish parliament to help launch the Sunday Herald. I'm still here.
Lawyers are rubbing their hands at the prospect of rich pickings from the case of Westminster v. Holyrood. There are suggestions that some anglophile Law Lord, or a private individual, will challenge, in the UK Supreme Court, Holyrood’s right to hold an independence referendum. (Which possibly explains why the First Minister was so anxious to challenge the Supreme Court’s remit in Scotland last year after it overturned verdicts of the Scottish appeal courts).
I'd recently been made the BBC's Scottish political correspondent and I was furious that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had refused to give me an interview. So, when she arrived for a "whistle-stop" press conference at Glasgow Airport, I was determined to get something out of her.
Oh no it's not. Oh yes it is ... Anyone with young children at Christmas will be only too familiar with the current spat between Britain and France over credit ratings. You're tempted to send them to bed without any supper, though that's not allowed any more, so we'll have to put them both on the naughty step until they see sense.