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Tom Gallagher
The dance of the Celtic Utopians could spin out of their control

The dance of the Celtic Utopians could spin out of their control

AS LEO VARADKAR steps up his campaign to prevent Ireland's main neighbour and chief trading partner from leave the European Union, it is time to examine why he and his fellow globaliser Nicola Sturgeon are ...

Joshua Curzon
Venezuela’s tragedy: more than just the lights are going out

Venezuela’s tragedy: more than just the lights are going out

INSIDE CHAVISTA Venezuela it is not just running water that is no longer available, but electricity too.  Inadequate investment and a lack of maintenance has collapsed the electricity grid, plunging much of the country ...

Alan Grant
Review: Beauty and the Beast at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Review: Beauty and the Beast at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

IT’S UNFAIR for any performance to start out with something missing. It’s especially unfair if what’s missing is an integral part of the usual way of doing things. For this reason, this year’s King’s ...

Stuart Crawford
Going to Oxbridge is possible – with the right approach

Going to Oxbridge is possible – with the right approach

MUCH FLUTTERING in the doo’cots last week when it was reported that just eight schools in the UK dominate entrance to Cambridge and Oxford Universities. It would appear that over the past three years these ...

Murdo Fraser
Mind the Gap: Mackay hammers middle income earners

Mind the Gap: Mackay hammers middle income earners

THE BACKGROUND to Wednesday’s Scottish Government Budget announcement from the Finance Secretary Derek Mackay was that he was better placed than in many previous years, given spending decisions taken at Westminster. Following the Chancellor’s budget ...

Jonathan Stanley
Phoney Macaroni, the emperor with no clothes

Phoney Macaroni, the emperor with no clothes

THE EMPEROR  wears no clothes, not even a thin yellow jacket to keep him warm, this winter of great discontent. For the centrist President turned out to be just another centraliser. Not for many years have ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 25

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 25

WHAT ON EARTH was I thinking?! I’ve started Lily on solid food and in the same week began toilet training with Jamie. ‘Oh you’ll have no bother!’ they said. ‘Mine were all easy to train’ ...

Jonathan Stanley
Supreme Court shows how the Union can work

Supreme Court shows how the Union can work

TODAY'S JUDGEMENT by the Supreme Courton the Scottish Government's Legal Continuity Bill is fascinating. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the dynamic between Holyrood and Westminster. It has restored my faith in ...

Jonathan Stanley
 The political touch of death has delivered a caretaker Prime Minister

The political touch of death has delivered a caretaker Prime Minister

LAST NIGHT a majority of Tory backbench MPs came forth and whispered a truth: they do not believe in the Prime Minister. It took the payroll vote to keep her in post. Nonetheless the votes ...

David Coburn
David Coburn MEP – why I have resigned from UKIP

David Coburn MEP – why I have resigned from UKIP

I HAVE DEVOTED my heart and soul to UKIP for 10 years, and stood in countless elections both North and South of the border, before finally being elected as the only Brexit MEP in Scotland. ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 24

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 24

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK a lot like Christmas! Last week we decided to start getting organised and get into the Christmas spirit and put the decorations up. 

Well, more like everyone else ...

Brian Monteith
No confidence expectations and the numbers game – why 158 is not magic at all

No confidence expectations and the numbers game – why 158 is not magic at all

AT LEAST 48 letters calling for a vote of confidence in Theresa May as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party have been received by Sir Graham Brady, the Chairman of the parliamentary party’s 1922 ...