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Martin Livermore
Electric cars: are we being too optimistic?

Electric cars: are we being too optimistic?

"The number of electric cars sold in Britain has fallen by a third since the start of the year, amid concerns that motorists are being put off by high prices, limited battery range and a lack ...

Tony Trewavas
The great fallacy of prediction

The great fallacy of prediction

WHO DOESN’T want to know the future? Mankind has a strong aversion to uncertainty and the future beyond the next few months is the least certain in life. Astrology, palmistry, crystal balls, oracles or even ...

Brian Monteith
Britishness? Attacking biscuit tins would only be the start

Britishness? Attacking biscuit tins would only be the start

I LIKE SHORTBREAD. Who doesn’t? Equally great with a cuppa or a dram, it is decidedly Scottish, for while other countries have their own shortcake biscuits none perfected them in the manner Scottish bakers did.  ...

Eben Wilson
Wealth Warning.  Infrastructure can seriously disrupt your future

Wealth Warning. Infrastructure can seriously disrupt your future

DO WE REALLY need more infrastructure? Driving from Edinburgh to Dumfries & Galloway two days after the “red warning” storm across the central belt I was informed, repeatedly, by overhead gantry signs declaring “Winter weather; ...

Brian Monteith
When Ryanair is more trustworthy than the Scottish Government

When Ryanair is more trustworthy than the Scottish Government

IT SAYS EVERYTHING about our Scottish Government that Ryanair – that most outspoken, avaricious and horrendous model for customer relations – is to be believed before the democratic manifestation of the people.

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Miles Saltiel
Avoid Brino and reach for the Andrews Liver Salts

Avoid Brino and reach for the Andrews Liver Salts

SO FAR THIS YEAR we have been going round in circles. Or to put it another way, nothing has happened to render the UK’s departure from the EU more tractable. 

Ludwig Wittgenstein famously ...

Martin Livermore
I raise my glass to Elon Musk

I raise my glass to Elon Musk

LAST WEEK, I mentioned Elon Musk’s deep pessimism about the impact of artificial intelligence on the human race. I don’t share that pessimism, but it seems to be one of the key motivators of this ...

Martin Livermore
Artificial Intelligence: will it be a blessing or curse?

Artificial Intelligence: will it be a blessing or curse?

FOR DECADES, writers and filmmakers have imagined a world in which computers and robots have advanced to a stage where they are, at least in some respects, more capable than their creators. Science fiction allows ...

Martin Livermore
How certainty can breed intolerance

How certainty can breed intolerance

CERTAINTY IS USUALLY thought of as a virtue, and we often regard those who lack firm views on an issue as indecisive or weak. In fact, it can be a mixed blessing, with a refusal to ...

Eben Wilson
Stop the meddling, cut VAT and provide the confidence to grow

Stop the meddling, cut VAT and provide the confidence to grow

FEW POLITICIANS understand the undercurrents of fiscal policy. They react largely to a public clamour about “tax and spend” which interprets fiscal policy choices as levers to produce instantaneous results.

As is ...

Martin Livermore
Hype and reality

Hype and reality

IT'S NOT OFTEN that I get an opportunity to quote Private Eye, but here goes. In a column by ‘Old Sparky’ (issue 1462), under the headline ‘Real food for thought’ is a critique of the ...

Martin Livermore
Changing energy sources is inevitable but technology can make it attractive

Changing energy sources is inevitable but technology can make it attractive

ANYONE WHO EXPERIENCED the oil crises of the ‘70s and ‘80s will remember Sheikh Yamani, Saudi oil minister and leader of the then dominant OPEC cartel in the days when oil was cheap and America ...