Welcome to my website. Here you’ll find links to the pieces I write on politics and finance for various publications.
My book on the financial crisis – Making It Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the men who blew up the British economy – was published in the autumn of 2013 by Simon & Schuster. It has been shortlisted for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs business book of the year 2013.
Read more about it here.
My career to date? After Glasgow University I was a reporter for The Sunday Times Scotland, then covered the birth of devolution (don’t get me started) as Political Editor of Scotland on Sunday. From 2001-2004 I was editor of The Scotsman, and then from 2004-2006 editor of Scotland on Sunday. Fearing a Nationalist victory and a potential show trial I fled my homeland, landing at The Sunday Telegraph (where I was deputy editor and a columnist) before moving to the Daily Telegraph as Head of Comment. In 2009 I joined the Wall Street Journal, as deputy editor of the European edition and author of a blog on UK politics. After that I had a stint at the Daily Mail as a columnist.
Now I’m writing for The Sunday Telegraph, and contributing pieces to the Daily Telegraph, Standpoint magazine and others, and working on my next book. For BBC Radio 4 I’ve presented editions of What the Papers Say, Beyond Westminster and appeared on Any Questions.
Occasionally there will be writing on the blog that has nothing, or very little, to do with politics. In such instances I will issue a public information warning, so that those with little interest in, say, Keith Richards, Alanbrooke, Miles Davis or Evelyn Waugh, can look away.
Thank you for reading.