An Edinburgh writer has swung a prestigious appointment down south.
Columnist and novelist, Ruaridh Nicoll, has been elevated to the job of comment editor at The Observer, taking over from Barbara Gunnell, who has moved over to the New Statesman. Nicoll becomes the latest in a long line of ex-Scotland on
Sunday hacks to reach a position of power at the London paper, and he inherits one of the most thankless tasks.
The paper’s drift to the political centre, and its close ties with New Labour, has made it a dull read at times. Some long-time readers have not been happy with it.
It will be Nicoll’s job to set the political tone of the rag when Blair is gone. He is currently a columnist for The Observer’s Scottish edition.