Current Affairs I like to keep abreast of what is happening in the country and in the world generally. I read various newspapers and magazines, of course, but there are some excellent websites which I use from time to time, specially if I want fuller reports on occurences reported only briefly on television or in the press.

Politics  I am interested in politics generally and enjoy debating on political topics, although I don't see any need to 'fall out' with anyone who holds views which are significantly different. With civilised discussion, I think those who take part should be willing to learn about others' perspectives and perhaps even learn to understand them better, if not to share them. I am slightly to the right of centre in my views and, until Monday 17th September 2001, was a member of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. I resigned following the election as Leader of the Conservative Party of Mr Iain Duncan Smith and his selection over the weekend since his election of an almost uniformly very right-wing Shadow Cabinet. As the European Union now plays a major role in British politics and life generally, I have started a new section to hold basic information about the EU, initially the names and national flags of each member state - click here to see this information. See the 'Links' page for additional remarks.

Comment Page  My View of topical issues, plus archived comments from earlier weeks.

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