Lucy Hunter Blackburn

Lucy Hunter Blackburn is a former senior civil servant in the Scottish government and a member of the Murray Blackburn Mackenzie group

Nicola Sturgeon’s gender policy failure

Nicola Sturgeon refused to discuss her record after eight years in office when she stepped down last week. There will be ‘plenty of time’ to reflect on that later, she replied soothingly. In the days since, the First Minister’s silence has continued. But not everyone can afford to take a break from the consequences of

What’s the point of voting in the Holyrood election?

There’s an election going on in Scotland. I know because my recycling bin is full of leaflets, my Twitter timeline peppered with advertisements for online hustings and there are ballot papers on my kitchen table offering me a choice of five constituency candidates and nineteen options on the regional list.  But I’m not feeling gripped.