Speaking out about sex crimes rarely leads to justice

Her voice wobbled as she told how she had agonised over whether or not to give evidence, and in doing so put herself and her family in the spotlight. In the end, she says the decision was made for her – journalists began hounding her and those close to her, telling her it was inevitable her identity would be made public.

A ‘snooper’s charter’ is no match for Facebook

It will surely come as a shock to many people that while the authorities can tap phones, open mail, bug houses and put suspects (and their dogs) under surveillance, they can’t access a digital source of evidence that prior to the crime may have been viewable by hundreds of people, or even been largely public.

Male victims of abuse do exist, and they deserve support

When the question “what about male victims of domestic abuse?” is asked, it’s not fair to assume the person asking it has an anti-woman agenda, or is trying to undermine (or snatch funding away from) efforts to help female victims.

Ruth Davidson’s ‘soft on crime’ charge doesn’t stand up to scrutiny

IF in doubt, “criminals!” shout. That seems to be Ruth Davidson’s strategy for any session of FMQs that falls during a week when her colleagues at Westminster have been disgracing themselves, disrespecting Scotland, slinging mud at each other and infuriating our EU neighbours. At the moment that describes just about every week, so no wonderContinue reading “Ruth Davidson’s ‘soft on crime’ charge doesn’t stand up to scrutiny”

It’s wishful thinking to suggest that Scotland is racism-free

When the headlines proclaimed that Scotland has a problem with racism, just like the rest of the UK,
many were quick to cry “Unionist fake news!”. No-one likes to be told bad things about the country in which they live.