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Jonathan Stanley
Brexit? Remove the money from the deal and the deal collapses

Brexit? Remove the money from the deal and the deal collapses

ART IS LONG as life is short. In moments of history and future we must remember our own mortality and ultimate insignificance when working for ourselves. Yet we must keep faith that through the recognition of a ...

Jonathan Stanley
The captain has gone rogue; it's time to take back control

The captain has gone rogue; it's time to take back control

THERE ARE FEW THINGS left to the imagination after the past 48 hours. The crew of the EUSS Compromise are sounding worried but nae fear, surely Scotty can bend the laws of reality, integrity and ...

Jackie Anderson
Jackie Anderson's Christmas recipes: Making your own Christmas Cake

Jackie Anderson's Christmas recipes: Making your own Christmas Cake

THIS IS the cake I have made for years and is fool proof as well as being the best tasting Christmas cake I make, despite me being swayed to try something different now and again. I have made ...

Ivor Tiefenbrun
Democracy equals prosperity for Scotland - but who's listening?

Democracy equals prosperity for Scotland - but who's listening?

I AM OLD ENOUGH and indeed fortunate enough to have had the sort of education that seems, alas, to have fallen by the wayside for political reasons.  By the end of my early years at ...

Miles Saltiel
Brexit can be saved - but we need not just a Churchill but a Beaverbrook too!

Brexit can be saved - but we need not just a Churchill but a Beaverbrook too!

LAST NIGHT, Theresa May’s Cabinet nominally approved the 585 page document on withdrawal from the EU. It is no surprise that subsequently her Ministers have begun to bolt, as her scheme fails to deliver what ...

Murdo Fraser
The bastard verdict – time to ditch ‘Not Proven’?

The bastard verdict – time to ditch ‘Not Proven’?

IT WAS SIR WALTER SCOTT who described it as “that bastard verdict”. He was referring to the outcome of ‘Not Proven’ in a Scottish criminal court, prompted by a jury determining the verdict in a ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 21

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 21

THERE’S NOT much worse than seeing one of your kids sick. The next worst thing is being sick yourself. The best thing to do would be to crawl into bed with a Lemsip and a ...

Paul Spare
Wind power ain't all that's claimed for it

Wind power ain't all that's claimed for it

EVERY SO OFTEN there is a story in Scotland’s media that hails the great advances being made by technology designed to be environmentally friendlier and help us reverse climate change. That’s fair enough, but what ...

David Banks
EU armed forces are already on the way – ten steps that prove what’s happening

EU armed forces are already on the way – ten steps that prove what’s happening

THE WHISPERING GAME IS OVER. Macron and Merkel’s project is already underway. The leaders of ‘Project EU’ are now openly calling for EU Armed Forces.

The real political moves behind their ...

Miles Saltiel
Cometh the hour cometh the resignations?

Cometh the hour cometh the resignations?

SO NOW we have a draft deal, which Theresa May is to try to sell overnight to her cabinet. By this time tomorrow, she will either have bulldozed them ahead of the formal cabinet meeting ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 20

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 20

WHAT A CLASS WEEKEND. The first time James and I have spent an entire evening together without babies in two-and-a-half years! To say I was slightly nervous at the notion of being away from the ...

Jack Ponton
Tidal power ain't all that's claimed for it

Tidal power ain't all that's claimed for it

IT IS DEPRESSING how the media routinely publish press releases from renewable energy developers and lobby groups as if they were scientific fact rather than exercises in public relations. An example of this appeared in ...