A daily newspaper journalist since January 1974, I was deprived of my first front page splash by Richard Nixon's resignation. I could forgive him Watergate, but not that. I covered Northern Ireland in the 1980s, joined the then Glasgow Herald in 1989, and turned to political journalism in 1994. Married with children and grandchildren, I consider myself a Humanist, with strong political views but have carried no party card since 1971.
The two-term leader, speaking last night at the Scottish Business Awards in Edinburgh, said that while he does not know enough about the domestic constitutional debate, he has top-level experience from other nations.