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Calum Miller
Forth Ports in the dock over future investment in Edinburgh

Forth Ports in the dock over future investment in Edinburgh

ACCORDING TO Cruise Critic website, Edinburgh is the top Western European cruise ship destination of 2018. Dig a little deeper however and it’s apparent that passengers were referring to the City and not the ...

Murdo Fraser
Book Review: Is renewable energy affordable?

Book Review: Is renewable energy affordable?

THE OTHERWISE estimable Michael Gove’s infamous dismissal of the views of ‘experts’ during the Brexit referendum was indicative of a mind-set of too many in the political sphere. Thus we have a policy which is ...

Miles Saltiel
High Horses and Big Asks

High Horses and Big Asks

JUST TWICE before this week can I remember Brits breaking free of their reserve to speak to strangers about politics. The first occasion was on the bus to school at the height of the Cuban ...

Brian Monteith
Rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement means a #BetterDeal for Brexit is now available

Rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement means a #BetterDeal for Brexit is now available

LAST NIGHT senior Conservative MPs set out an alternative written ministerial statement they believe the Prime Minister should make now the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration have been rejected by the House of Commons. 

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Paul Spare
Wind power – just another windup?

Wind power – just another windup?

ACCORDING TO THE WITTICISM and cliché, there are three levels of inaccuracy… lies, damned lies and statistics… This sounds both amusing and accurate but is somewhat unfair, since statistics by their nature are impartial, although ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Miles Saltiel
On Brexit - as with everything else, governing is choosing

On Brexit - as with everything else, governing is choosing

IN THE EARLY 1950s the French Prime Minister, Pierre Mendes-France, was slightly more than a spear-carrier in the tragi-comedy of the Fourth Republic, with one lasting legacy. On 3 June 1953, he spoke to the ...