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Ewen Stewart
We must reject a bad ‘deal’ to reboot the EU negotiations

We must reject a bad ‘deal’ to reboot the EU negotiations

MUCH OF THE COMMENT on the Government’s Withdrawal Agreement has focused on personality and process rather than a full understanding of the detail of the 'deal'.  Then, when there has been consideration of the problems with ...

Jackie Anderson
Just leave!

Just leave!

I’M FED UP to the back teeth of Brexit and I suspect I’m not alone. I’m fed up to the back teeth of our elected politicians and I suspect I’m not alone.

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Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 30

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 30

JUST WHEN you think things are going so smoothly and the kids have settled into a new routine with a few changes. Along comes the next delightful toddler phase. The ‘I’ve decided I’m never going ...

Jack Ponton
Estimating Scotland's contribution to climate change

Estimating Scotland's contribution to climate change

GLOBAL GREENHOUSE gas emissions in 2017 were 32,500Mte (million tonnes). Britain's were 375Mte and Scotland's about 10 per cent of these. Thus Scotland contributes about 0.113 per cent of the global total. What is this ...

Jonathan Stanley
Scottish Conservatives must not run in the European elections if they dare extend our EU membership

Scottish Conservatives must not run in the European elections if they dare extend our EU membership

MARCH 29TH 2019 will be a momentous day. I'm not yet sure why but there are at least two reasons I can think of.

The first is that we leave the European ...

Murdo Fraser
If you want civility and decency in politics First Minister, it’s time to lead by example

If you want civility and decency in politics First Minister, it’s time to lead by example

WITH HOLYROOD this week entranced by the latest developments in the remarkable case of former First Minister Alex Salmond against the Scottish Government that he used to lead, in Westminster the focus was still very ...

Charles Harris
Review: The V&A Dundee – very good but it should promise so much more

Review: The V&A Dundee – very good but it should promise so much more

TOGETHER WITH MY ASSISTANT I recently visited the V&A Dundee, with the intention of providing a review of the building and its contents. 

Inside, the building itself has an open interior, with ...

Jill Stephenson
Confessions of a small-ship cruiser

Confessions of a small-ship cruiser

LOOKING DOWN from the white-painted church on a hill in Cartagena, Colombia, we surveyed the panorama of the harbour and sea front. In the harbour, we noticed a huge cruise ship, the Queen Victoria. Moored adjacent ...

Jonathan Stanley
What ye sow, so ye shall reap – MPs must moderate their own language and behaviour

What ye sow, so ye shall reap – MPs must moderate their own language and behaviour

TIME FLIES when you're having a referendum or two. It's hard for me to imagine it was over five years ago that my former boss Nigel Farage was heckled and locked in a pub I ...

Stuart Crawford
Why is British Army recruiting in such a bad state?

Why is British Army recruiting in such a bad state?

THE NEW British Army recruiting campaign advertisements have caused a bit of a kerfuffle.  Apparently aimed at “millennials” and “Generation Z” it is the latest in a series of initiatives to try to boost recruiting in ...

Alan Grant
Review: Bird Box on Netflix

Review: Bird Box on Netflix

Bird Box, the Netflix movie that became more popular than the big guy in the red suit over Christmas, is an apocalyptic story in which an unseen force causes anyone (in story, naturally) who sees ...

Fiona Campbell
Scapegoating short-term rentals won’t solve the housing crisis

Scapegoating short-term rentals won’t solve the housing crisis

THERE’S A HOUSING CRISIS in this country. Scotland, and our capital city in particular, just doesn’t have houses available to meet the needs of our population. This lack of housing represents one of the biggest ...