About Brian Taylor
Having reported Scottish politics since Braveheart was a boy, I find it particularly splendid to be able to share my meanderings via the relatively new realm of blogging.
Hope you’ll join me – and hope you’ll keep up the flood of invective, praise and comment.
As to me, I’m married with two sons. I’m a proud Dundonian – and a fanatical supporter of Dundee United Football Club. I give you fair warning that I will plug United at every opportunity.
At St Andrews University, I studied literature and wrote intense poetry. The woman who is now my wife suggested mildly that the market for intense poetry was slim, indeed negligible. So I turned to writing for the student paper instead. The first grown-up newspaper rash enough to employ me upon graduation was the Press and Journal in Aberdeen. While there, I covered the first Scottish devolution referendum in 1979. (Told you I’d been at this game a while.)
There followed six years as a lobby correspondent at Westminster – then aeons at the BBC.
I’ve lectured on politics and identity across Europe and the USA. I’ve written two books – and co-written a handful of others. (My first tome was snappily titled The Scottish Parliament. Took me weeks to dream up that title.) And, you know, maybe I’ll have another stab at the intense poetry one of these days.
PS: You can read my blog from the 2007 Election campaign by clicking here.