Adam Tomkins

Columnist

Adam Tomkins is a Professor of Law at the University of Glasgow. He was a Conservative MSP from 2016-21 but did not seek re-election. Catch his columns in The Herald every Wednesday.

Adam Tomkins is a Professor of Law at the University of Glasgow. He was a Conservative MSP from 2016-21 but did not seek re-election. Catch his columns in The Herald every Wednesday.

Latest articles from Adam Tomkins

Opinion Adam Tomkins: If we understood history, we'd know pledging allegiance to king is daft

LAST month Rishi Sunak set out his vision of why all school children in England and Wales should study maths until they are 18. When the UK is one of the least numerate countries in the OECD, when more than eight million adults in this country have numeracy skills below those expected of a nine-year old, and when a third of young people in England and Wales fail to pass GCSE maths, one can readily understand why the Prime Minister is so keen to improve maths skills. Mr Sunak is onto something, and he makes a good case.

Opinion Adam Tomkins: As a unionist, Kate Forbes is the SNP leader we most fear

KATE Forbes is the candidate to replace Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister that the opposition parties would most like not to win. They would much rather see Humza Yousaf lead the SNP. This is for the not very noble reason that Ms Forbes is really rather good at her job – and, as such, would pose something of a challenge to the opposition parties – whereas Mr Yousaf, well, isn’t and wouldn’t.