Born – 13-12-35 – Kirkcaldy, Fife.

Educated (?) – Amnesia Academy (Motto – Best forgotten).

Career in journalism:

1952-55 – Trained in Kirkcaldy office of Thomson-Leng Publications on Dundee Courier, Evening Telegraph, Sporting Post, Sunday Post and People’s Journal.

1955-59: Edinburgh Evening Dispatch – golf reporter, sports sub-editor, news reporter.

1959–64: Scottish Daily Express, news reporter, religious affairs correspondent.

1964-78: Daily Express, London – news reporter, news and features executive, medical correspondent, home news editor.

1978-80: BBC Radio Scotland – news and current affairs.

1980-82: Scottish Daily Express – political commentator, leader writer.

1982-2003: Daily Record – feature writer, leader writer, political editor,

Sunday Mail – assistant editor.

Daily Record – columnist and assistant editor (politics).

2003-       : Freelance journalist, political commentator, author and          broadcaster for  national newspapers, radio and TV.


31st Scottish Press Awards – Lifetime Achievement Award.


Books: With Henry McLeish, former First Minister of Scotland – Scotland First;                                  Scotland: The Road Divides (2007); Scotland – A Suitable Case For Treatment (2009).

Also:  Marvellous Marvin – the Life, Football and Faith of a Soca