Latest articles from Martin Docherty-Hughes

Comment Here's why the SNP won't get onboard with calls to 'lease out' Faslane

THERE are some ideas that, no matter how daft they are, never seem to go away. And so it was this week as the idea that the SNP’s decades-long commitment to ridding Scotland of nuclear weapons after independence would be sacrificed in favour of a long-term leaseback agreement surfaced menacingly like a Vanguard-class ballistic missile submarine in the Firth of Clyde.

Comment Here's where we can look to see what's possible after independence

IN joining me on our digital journey across Estonia, I do hope you will have recognised that I don’t propose revolutionary answers to our digital situation, for such methods of change usually require profound upheaval and conflict and those who support that type of approach are most often those who seek to gain advantage, economically and socially and direct how we should live and be governed.

comment Here's how a digitised society can better fight a global pandemic

SOMETIMES, when you’re on a long digital journey, it’s time to climb the metaphorical Munro, sit down and take in the view. No more so than when the road ahead seems to be full of obstacles and challenges. Today the view seems composed of a range of mountainous and rocky tests, with the main one being the most pressing global public health crisis in the last century.

comment Collaboration and respect are key in Scotland's digital journey

MANY have argued that Scotland should know its place and limit its ambitions, and if we are not careful, we will allow the same voices of self-pity and limitation reduce our opportunities after we regain the sovereignty so many of us have dreamed of. In many ways, I have campaigned all my political life not just to free our nation in the traditional sense, but importantly to free ourselves, we the people who will make up that society individually and collectively so we can reach our full potential. We have much to give the world and in the digital age we have even more ways of giving back to the world and enhancing what it means to be a democratic, modern nation state in the digital age.

comment Digital independent Scotland might operate like this

THE digital state must be trustworthy and recognise its own limits to our digital selves. We, the digital citizen, must also recognise that, in order for the state to serve us, we must agree some forms of collective data sharing, data that enables the state to function, and to plan and deliver services we require. We will require a digital state that serves the citizen, not the other way round.