Andrew Tickell is a writer, legal academic and occasional broadcaster based in Glasgow, Scotland. Originally from rural mid-Argyll, he studied law at the universities of Edinburgh, Utrecht, Glasgow and Oxford. By day, he is a lecturer in law at Glasgow Caledonian University. He started writing seriously about politics in the lead-up to the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, and has been writing regular columns ever since, focusing mainly on politics and law in Scotland, the UK, Europe and beyond.

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Anas Sarwar celebrates the election results at the count in Glasgow - where his party narrowly failed to win. Photo: Colin Mearns

COMMENT Andrew Tickell: The media will crown Anas Sarwar - despite his clear lack of savvy

ONE reason I like elections is that they are clarifying moments. Or ought to be. In life, it is all too easy to fall into an echo chamber. If you work with people with similar views, live near folk who mostly seem to share your values, if you consume only media which reinforces your worldview, if you idle away your time thinking Twitter is a simulacrum of the real world and the people you meet there are representative of the wider public – then your confrontations with reality are always going

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar has a go in a rubber ring during a visit to Newmilns Ski Centre in East Ayrshire. Photograph: PA

COMMENT Andrew Tickell: Scottish Labour's toxic four-word slogan sums up party's failures

IT’S difficult to think of a more toxic slogan to trip out of the mouth of a Scottish Labour Party leader. Fifteen years after his party last held office in Holyrood, eight years since the first independence referendum, seven since the party’s decades-long domination of Westminster seats crashed to a dramatic end, and just five since his party lost control over Glasgow city chambers – Anas Sarwar has urged Scots last week to “come home and vote Scottish Labour” in the upcoming local el

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross is responsible for his problematic statements and retractions

COMMENT Andrew Tickell: Why Douglas Ross’s error leaves him lost and alone

IT has been a vintage political week for Douglas Ross. As the Scottish Tory leader was trying to launch his local government election campaign, officers from Scotland Yard began knocking on the doors of Downing Street with some special correspondence for the Prime Minister, his Chancellor, and 48 other people at the heart of government.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has tried to take the public for fools

Comment Andrew Tickell: Rishi Sunak's been defensive, aggressive and consistently dishonest

IT’S important to remember the context. By the end of March, Rishi Sunak was already narked. The press had picked up the fact his wife received almost £11.6 million in dividends from Infosys – a business which continued to trade in Russia despite the war in Ukraine. Tetchy TV interviews followed. Sunak’s furious resentment about being asked about his wife’s financial affairs was palpable. Just last week, he told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg that he identified with Will Smith on the basi