All articles by: Catherine Macleod

In Perspective

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Catherine Macleod

It’s a simple question. There should be a simple answer. The question is this. Why is trades union membership declining so sharply? The figures are startling. Last year unions lost …

In Perspective

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Catherine Macleod

Jeremy Corbyn is having a good General Election campaign, Theresa May is not. And hopefully, after his performance on Monday night, we might see much less of Jeremy Paxman, whose …

In Perspective

Published: May 8, 2017
Written by Catherine Macleod

In a packed hall in Cambridge last week Harriet Harman, Labour politician, feminist, wife, mother and friend to many delivered a master class on the virtues of political principles, and …

In Perspective

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by Catherine Macleod

Are we surprised, shocked, resigned?  Only four days after Theresa May signed the official letter signalling Britain’s intention to leave the European Union, Michael Howard, a former Tory leader, was …

In Perspective

Published: February 16, 2017
Written by Catherine Macleod

Gordon Aikman, who sadly died in Edinburgh earlier this month, will be desperately missed by everyone whose lives he touched during his 31 years. Gordon will be remembered for many …

In Perspective

Published: January 25, 2017
Written by Catherine Macleod

Nicola Sturgeon is between a rock and a hard place.      She must keep the faith with the die-hard, for richer for poorer nationalists who hope a second referendum will give …

Catherine Macleod: In Perspective

Published: December 8, 2016
Written by Catherine Macleod

Harlow generally, and often unfairly, gets a bad press. Recently I was obliged to spend many waking hours in the Princess Alexandra Hospital in the town. I wasn’t there on …

In Perspective

Published: November 7, 2016
Written by Catherine Macleod

Against a bleak political backdrop, when even Tory MPs are protesting against Government changes to benefits, the announcement of an increase to the living wage should be cause for celebration. …

In Perspective

Published: October 11, 2016
Written by Catherine Macleod

Lewis Carroll would have had a field day had he been alive to attend the Tory and Labour conferences. In Liverpool, for all the earlier talk of a fight for …

In Perspective: Catherine Macleod

Published: September 17, 2016
Written by Catherine Macleod

Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May  have more in common politically than they might wish to acknowledge. In the Prime Minister’s case the greatest problem is the 17 million-plus Brexiteers champing …

In Perspective – Catherine Macleod

Published: July 25, 2016
Written by Catherine Macleod

Nothing, but nothing, should be more important to politicians than the security of the UK. And nothing, but nothing, illustrates better the dysfunction in the Labour party than Jeremy Corbyn …

In Perspective – Catherine Macleod

Published: March 7, 2016
Written by Catherine Macleod

It all started with a phone call. Two ­socially responsible, empathetic young men, driven by an overwhelming desire to make a difference, have launched a crusade to help people living …

Catherine Macleod

Published: July 2, 2015
Written by Catherine Macleod

It is not hyperbole to claim the Caledonian Macbraynes ferry service to the islands on the west coast of Scotland is a lifeline. Now its future is under threat again …