I have included this page primarily to publish a song I wrote on the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland right at their
very inception in 1968 – which I sang on Scottish Television to a filmed background of actual violence, of rioting and
of burning in the streets of Belfast at the time. I had no idea that twenty-five years later I would find myself as a minister
at the very centre of the political process which was to open the way to a more peaceful future for that wonderful part of
the UK! Nor did I realise how relevant so much of it would remain.
I am also beginning to include some of the songs
I wrote for an (as yet!) unperformed musical on Mary Queen of Scots - an ancestor!