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MEMBERSHIP of the EU is certainly not the main talking point in Glasgow, particularly at a time when families are struggling to make ends meet.
But it's been hard to miss the extraordinary antics of Tory M.P.'s this week at Westminster when they have led their own P.M a merry dance whilst he was ironically meeting President Obama to promote the benefits of a trade agreement between Europe and the USA.
Given the Tories are clearly not able to tackle the real challenges we face around the economy they prefer instead to have petty squabbles amongst themselves and endanger our longstanding successful alliance in the Europe that could result in a very negative impact on everybody's lives.
ONE of the most fundamental duties of government is to keep people safe. Crime - and the fear of crime - can have a devastating consequence, not only on individuals and families but on whole communities.
As a constituency MSP I am very aware of how important it is that people feel safe going about their daily business or in their homes. As a member of the Scottish Government I am proud that we have resisted the temptation to cut policing in order to save cash.
Instead, we have protected police numbers - and will continue to protect them - to maintain the visible police presence on our streets that deters criminals and provides reassurance, particularly to our most vulnerable citizens.
WHATEVER your views are on how you will vote in the 2014 Referendum on Scotland's future, it's vital that we all know the answers to the major questions about our country's future if we decide to break away from the rest of the U.K.
That's why last week's controversy on whether Alex Salmond had obtained legal advice on EU membership if Scotland was separate is not just a minor detail.
Scotland relies on trading for much of its economy and we are dependent on what we buy and sell.
THIS has been a historic year. Many will remember the Royal Wedding, phone hacking and the 10th anniversary of September 11.
I'll remember 2011 as a year in which we saw historic events around the world that will have an impact on our local communities. Three stand out.
THIS is my first column for The Glaswegian. When I agreed to do it a few weeks ago, I wondered what to write about. But the topic picks itself - the massive rise in unemployment.
Figures show unemployment in Scotland has risen to 215,000.
Scottish long-term youth unemployment is 11,150.
Behind every statistic is a person suffering the indignity of unemployment.
And behind every figure is a family coping with losing their income.