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Graeme’s Column

Supporting Our Posties I doubt there is a single household that has not been inconvenienced, or at least impacted, by the ongoing industrial dispute at Royal Mail. That was probably never more the case than over the festive season, with a raft of Christmas cards

Graeme’s Column

Over the past couple of weeks, many of us will have felt the keen sense of living through a moment in history. The passing of the Queen was an event few had truly contemplated, despite her advanced years. As we have heard amongst the many reflections

Graeme’s Column

The Scottish Parliament resumes in a few days’ time. Speaking personally, this year’s summer recess has been productive, informative and the kind of battery recharge I haven’t experienced since 2017. Free from the demands of ministerial responsibility, after stepping back from government in January, this

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Food prices are rising, fuel prices have skyrocketed, and people all over Scotland continue to be affected by the increasing cost of living. To exacerbate this, rises in electricity and gas costs are sending family bills soaring, with average households facing another £800 a year

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Local authority elections attract nothing like the focus of General Elections to the House of Commons, nor of our national elections to the Scottish Parliament. Regrettably, that tends to be reflected in turnout on polling day – and it is a great pity that relatively

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It has been a busy past few weeks for my constituency office – and all the better for it. The office has re-opened two days a week for face-to-face interaction, albeit by appointment, and the rota of surgeries around Angus has been restored. Sensible Covid

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Reflecting on Storm Arwen Storm Arwen – dubbed the worst UK storm in decades – brought destructive wind, rain and snow to our shores, leaving more than a quarter of a million people in the dark. Established tree branches were snapped like twigs and, sadly,

Graeme’s Monthly Column

A Call for Kindness & Respect As an MSP and Scottish Government minister I find some of the very best and, sadly, worst of societal behaviours brought to me. The former, as you might imagine, can be a thoroughly uplifting experience – providing welcome reminders