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Jill Stephenson
Scotland and the EU: Sturgeon's myth and the EU reality

Scotland and the EU: Sturgeon's myth and the EU reality

THE SNP IS BIG ON OUTRAGE, and nothing has ostensibly outraged it more than “Scotland being dragged out of the EU against its will”. Certainly, 62 per cent of Scots (including me) voted Remain in ...

Miles Saltiel
Unleashing Boris remains an option, but Tory campaign resists the temptation

Unleashing Boris remains an option, but Tory campaign resists the temptation

SO FAR, the election has been a slow bicycle-race. Farage unsaddled himself at the outset and Swinson has fallen off; I return to them below. As to the leaders of the major parties, their looks ...

Emma Hargan
Mummy’s juice, cuteness overload and lollypops

Mummy’s juice, cuteness overload and lollypops

The Mummy Diaries: One baby, one threenager – Week 18

IT’S BEGINNING to look a lot like Christmas!

It’s only three weeks.

It’s only 20 days.

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Eben Wilson
There may be an election on but where have all the values gone?

There may be an election on but where have all the values gone?

A COLLEAGUE TELLS ME she is struggling with this peculiar election campaign. Too many contrary influences, confused interests and conflicting incentives, she says.  But I demur; she is a political scientist looking for evidence that might ...

Jill Stephenson
How to vote? The use of tactics in 2019

How to vote? The use of tactics in 2019

THE ELECTION on 12 December looks as if it will be the first election in which tactical voting will play a significant part. In England and Wales, those who are strong EU Leavers will vote ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
How the SNP myth works: the tension and reflection of narcissism

How the SNP myth works: the tension and reflection of narcissism

FOR A WHILE NOW I have been thinking of how best to describe the SNP and its leadership.  Then this week I happened to stare up at the ceiling of a hotel lobby.

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Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: One baby, one threenager – Weeks 16 & 17

The Mummy Diaries: One baby, one threenager – Weeks 16 & 17

WE’RE BACK! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, hence me missing writing last week’s blog. We’ve had course assignments, weddings, meltdowns, tantrums, swearing and back chat – and that’s just me! It’s been a ...

Fiona Campbell
A tourist tax is too important to get wrong

A tourist tax is too important to get wrong

DESPITE OBJECTIONS from Scotland’s vital tourism industry, the Scottish Government has made it clear that it wishes for local authorities to have the power to place a levy on visitors to their areas in order ...

Alan Grant
Think Movies: Joker

Think Movies: Joker

IN THE WORDS of Andrew Scott’s mould-shattering depiction of another villain, Jim Moriarty, “Did you miss me?”

After a period of absence, Think Movies is back and how better to return to ...

Allan Sutherland
Facing up to the SNP threat means thinking and voting tactically

Facing up to the SNP threat means thinking and voting tactically

“IF SCOTLAND votes for Independence I’ll move to England”. I have heard a lot of people saying they’d move to Northumberland and no doubt cause a property boom…

I said this in ...

Alan Grant
Think Movies: Doctor Sleep

Think Movies: Doctor Sleep

FOLLOWING ON FROM LAST WEEK, which used Zombieland: Double Tap as a discussion of the topic, we return to the subject of sequels this week with Doctor Sleep. I cannot imagine the level of confidence ...

Miles Saltiel
Ending the uncertainty will deliver the winner

Ending the uncertainty will deliver the winner

THE COUNTRY has endured forty-one months of uncertainty, propelled by the absence of losers’ consent, a weak prime minister, a rogue parliament, and a hand which the EU has played effectively or mischievously according to ...