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Brian Monteith
Scottish Conservatives face humiliation because they never courted Leave voters

Scottish Conservatives face humiliation because they never courted Leave voters

IF THE RUNES are right Ruth Davidson’s version of how a modern Conservative Party should look is about to suffer an embarrassing humiliation at the hands of the Scottish electorate in this week’s European elections.

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Linda Holt
Simply having more democracy does not make it better

Simply having more democracy does not make it better

LAST THURSDAY during a sunny walkabout inspecting our potholed infrastructure in Crail, my fellow East Neuk councillor, whom I work well with, asked me about the EU elections. He wore a pained expression and said ...

Alan Grant
Review: The Duchess [of Malfi],              Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Review: The Duchess [of Malfi], Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

WRITTEN IN 1612 by English dramatist John Webster, The Tragedy of the Dutchesse of Malfy may be an old play, but the 2019 revamp, The Duchess [of Malfi], which had its recent world premiere at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum ...

Frankie Hutcheson
May's trashing of Davidson's strategy makes attacks on Brexit Party look facile

May's trashing of Davidson's strategy makes attacks on Brexit Party look facile

IN COMMON with the UK Conservative Party, the Scottish Conservatives have not issued a manifesto for tomorrow’s EU election. Campaigning on the ground by the Conservatives has been virtually non-existent in Scotland, as if party ...

Jamie Nugent
Venezuela's tragedy: Chavez and Maduro screw the workers

Venezuela's tragedy: Chavez and Maduro screw the workers

THE CONTEMPT of Chavez and his followers for the organised working class can be seen clearly in the fate of Ciudad Guyana, Venezuela’s industrial heartland.  A hub of giant steel mills, coal and bauxite mines, ...

Jim Ferguson
The case for true independence requires Scotland must vote for Brexit

The case for true independence requires Scotland must vote for Brexit

I TOOK PART in the recent BBC European Parliament election debate. As we entered the studio set, like gladiators walking into an arena, I noticed those around me were strangely quiet, apprehensive one might say. ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 48

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 48

HAS IT ONLY been a week since my last blog? Six teeth, one ear infection, a double dose of tonsillitis and one crabbit baby! Oh yes, it’s been some week. Everyone in the house has ...

Miles Saltiel
Is there a way for the Tory Party to avoid oblivion?

Is there a way for the Tory Party to avoid oblivion?

THE LOG-JAM IS BREACHED. We may take it that May’s indicative votes will be pulled or have no effect on Parliamentary sentiment; and that she will lose her second reading. No-one has a motive to ...

Murdo Fraser
The “return to sender” government

The “return to sender” government

IT IS SOMETHING of an article of faith for the current SNP Government that it continually demands more powers to be transferred to Holyrood from Westminster. Whatever the issue, the economy, the public services, or ...

Jonathan Stanley
Scottish Tory policy is like holding an empty sack

Scottish Tory policy is like holding an empty sack

FEW CAN ADMIT to having escaped some of the myth and hysteria (can we still use that word?) about Game of Thrones. It is for many in politics the new House of Cardsand the parallels between it ...

Alan Grant
Retro Review: Goodfellas

Retro Review: Goodfellas

YOU KNOW WHAT FRIENDS? I really enjoy being the resident movie critic here at Think Scotland and I’m looking forward to getting back into a theatre and critiquing the next film that sparks my interest. ...

Eben Wilson
Econonsense –  perfect employers produce imperfect services

Econonsense – perfect employers produce imperfect services

A GOOD FRIEND of mine has just resigned from a public service job.  In doing so, the organisation she worked for has lost a talent with a wealth of experience.

The reasons for ...