• 12 Sep 2014

    Paisley’s death revives memories of sectarian Scotland

    Ian Paisley’s death comes the day before an Orange Order march in Edinburgh. Coupled with Nigel Farage’s visit to Scotland tonight, it’s not the grid the Better Together campaign would want.

  • 11 Feb 2013

    The Pope's resigned, so?

    It’s probably the most innovative thing he’s done as Pope. Something no other Pope has done in over six hundred years – resign.

  • 18 Sep 2010

    Say what you will, they’ve certainly been lucky with the weather where Hyde Park’s doing a good job of living up to still, sunny, Bellahouston Park, in Glasgow, on Thursday.

  • 18 Sep 2010

    So Benedict has said sorry. Or not. Or has he? The Press Association (and thus much of the media) is writing his words on pederast priests up as an abject apology.

  • 14 Apr 2010

    Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is the Vatican’s top diplomat. Which is scary, because what he said in Chile this week defies all norms of diplomatic behaviour. As I said on Channel 4 News last night, the Vatican does not seem to have heard of the cardinal rule: “when you are in a hole, stop digging”; and…

  • 29 Mar 2010

    What reception will the Pope receive in Britain?

    Three times I have stood in St Peter’s Square and heard a red clad cardinal declare “Habemus Papam” – “we have a Pope” – thus concluding the secret conclave that elects the successor to whichever dead one has just past.

  • 16 Apr 2009

    Liverpool: funny, brave, but out on a limb

    I was fortunate to attend Liverpool University in the late 1960s. It wasn’t just the experience of living in a Northern industrial city, it was the insight into scouse culture that it provided. Hence the event remembering the 96 victims of the Hillsborough stadium disaster of 20 years ago had a poignancy for me.