First column for the Daily Record provokes call for McAlpine to step down

IF the aim of a newspaper column is provoke a reaction, journalist-turned-MSP, Joan McAlpine, has certainly succeeded with her first column yesterday since her return to the Daily Record.

A former features writer and columnist for the Record – as well as, later, a former deputy editor of The Herald and editor of the Sunday Times Scotland – McAlpine is facing a call to step down.

Reports the Scottish Daily Mail, the SNP MSP has upset fellow politicians by saying the “Union between Scotland and England is a bit like the marriage of a talented, well-educated girl with good prospects and her own income, to a domineering man”.

The Scottish Daily Mail quotes LibDem MP, Jo Swinson, saying McApline “should be sacked if there is no ‘immediate and unreserved apology'”.