Brian Monteith is a writer and commentator drawing upon his background of politics and marketing – from London and Edinburgh through the 80s and 90s – to his eight years in the Scottish Parliament.
In 2007 he left Holyrood to return to commerce as a communications consultant in Botswana, Nigeria, Pakistan, Trinidad & Tobago and Tunisia. He is a regular columnist in The Scotsman, Evening News and TheFreeSociety.org – his books include 'Paying the Piper - from a taxing lament to rewarding jig' and 'The Bully State - the end of tolerance' as well as his collected writings 'The Full Monty' that appear annually.
Jackie Anderson enjoyed thirteen years retail experience at Mark & Spencers' flagship store at the Gyle, Edinburgh – including management in the Food, Homeware and Ladiesware departments – before deciding to travel the world and write - bringing her down-to-earth, provocative and humorous take on life to ThinkScotland. Now living in France, Jackie manages the website on a daily basis as well as contributing a weekly column.