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Miles Saltiel
Strong winds blowing up nervous gales over Brexit

Strong winds blowing up nervous gales over Brexit

OCTOBER famously brings strong winds, so it’s no surprise that the weather between here and Europe should turn stormy. This was always on the cards, given the European Commission’s diary-date to hear Barnier’s progress, and ...

Martin Livermore
 Conflicts of interest cause embarrassment in cancer risk assessments

Conflicts of interest cause embarrassment in cancer risk assessments

TWO YEARS AGO, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an advisory body to the World Health Organisation (WHO), published an apparently damning report on glyphosate, one of the most widely-used herbicides around the ...

Martin Livermore
Understanding toxicity is the key to dealing with pollution

Understanding toxicity is the key to dealing with pollution

AS MOST READERS of my regular columns will already be very well aware, toxicity is a relative term. But for the general public, this simple but important concept is all too often misunderstood. For many people, ...

Miles Saltiel
Brexit: Time for an Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove?

Brexit: Time for an Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove?

WE KNOW THE DRILL – we should learn from our mistakes (just saying, Theresa, Boris, Philip…) At the beginning of the year, I listed a dozen challenges facing the EU. It has withstood several, in ...

Martin Livermore
Can England save the future of fracking in Europe?

Can England save the future of fracking in Europe?

LAST YEAR, the UK government gave a cautious go-ahead to fracking, after years of a moratorium following concerns about minor earth tremors near the Caudrilla exploration site in Lancashire. The company has since restarted test ...

Eben Wilson
Cry freedom for Scotland? But who really wants it?

Cry freedom for Scotland? But who really wants it?

I DOUBT many people read the minutes of the First Minister’s Standing Council on Europe. They are very short, but they tell a tale.

This twenty member body is typical ...

Martin Livermore
In power, there's a big difference between cost and value

In power, there's a big difference between cost and value

I WAS INTERESTED to see the seemingly ubiquitous Sir James Dyson announcing that his company is developing a novel electric car (Dyson to make electric cars from 2020). Since a prototype does not ...

Martin Livermore
Understanding of climate change moves closer towards sceptics

Understanding of climate change moves closer towards sceptics

I MAKE no apologies for talking about the thorny issue of climate change yet again. There’s a good reason why: after a decade or more of unwillingness to listen to criticism of the IPCC story on ...

Martin Livermore
Severe hurricanes caused by climate change? Let’s avoid a rush to judgement

Severe hurricanes caused by climate change? Let’s avoid a rush to judgement

THIS IS PROVING to be a pretty bad season for Atlantic hurricanes, after several years in which few intense ones made landfall. Hurricane Harvey, which started in late August, was the first major hurricane to ...

Eben Wilson
Pessimism, statists and innovation

Pessimism, statists and innovation

THE MESSY WORLD of capitalist innovation; where liberalised individuals use trial, error and quite a lot of muddle to make advances sits ill with a statist perspective.  

The left-wing worldview has always ...

Brian Monteith
The Forth Bridges represent international co-operation, not Scottish exceptionalism

The Forth Bridges represent international co-operation, not Scottish exceptionalism

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT. The three bridges spanning the Forth between North and South Queensferry built in three different centuries are towering examples of the engineering excellence of their times.

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Jonathan Stanley
Whisky Galore, but who's it for?

Whisky Galore, but who's it for?

A LONG, LONG time ago there was a wee country.  It had one big farm export. In fact it was the world's biggest exporter of this product.

Almost the entire ...