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Jonathan Stanley
What DO we do with a drowning tiger?

What DO we do with a drowning tiger?

THE LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel is my favourite novel. It really is worth reading as a modern day Gulliver’s Travels, full of metaphor and adventures in tropical lands… and seas.  I first had ...

Jonathan Stanley
Brexit is Marmite but Marmite is not Brexit

Brexit is Marmite but Marmite is not Brexit

WE LIVE in strange times.  Our very former deputy PM Nick Clegg has unleashed a phalanx of pithy untruths about the price of food upon leaving the European Union.

Our old mate ...

Effie Deans
Gorilla Sturgeon is no King Kong

Gorilla Sturgeon is no King Kong

WHICHEVER fat fingered BBC technician “accidentally” substituted some film of a psychotic rampaging gorilla for the latest film of Nicola Sturgeon making threats deserves some sort of award. Give that man or woman a ...

Jonathan Stanley
Arctic diversity and other SNP myths

Arctic diversity and other SNP myths

IT LOOKS LIKE we're all Scandinavian again. The First Minister has returned in triumph from Reykjavik to announce a new Scotland-Iceland trade deal. Apparently we are all going to go on holiday with each other. (Of ...

Elizabeth Smith
Making a step change for our youngsters who need our assistance the most

Making a step change for our youngsters who need our assistance the most

THROUGHOUT all the welcome debate about how to raise attainment, there is one group of youngsters who could be forgiven for feeling a bit left out. That is those who have additional support needs.

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Jonathan Stanley
It’s time for a REALLY British Bake Off

It’s time for a REALLY British Bake Off

THREE CONSTITUTIONAL have hit Scotland in as many years. First the battle for staying in a union. Then came the battle for not staying in a union. As far as Scots go on the whole ...

Ian Milne
Is a German exit required for the EU to survive?

Is a German exit required for the EU to survive?

LE FIGARO is France’s Daily Telegraph. In its main French paper edition of yesterday, 4th August 2016, its principal op-ed writer, Yves de Kerdrel, a well-known figure on France’s (quite excellent) discussion programmes on TV and ...

Keith Steele
We need to take down those misleading EU signs

We need to take down those misleading EU signs

IF YOU READ my previous blog (and if you didn’t you can read it here: As a remain voter, let’s get on and make Brexit work) you will recall I revealed that having voted ...

Iain McGill
Winners and losers lost in France

Winners and losers lost in France

WELL, Scotland are not, on our own, members of the EU – but just as that's not stopped Nicola Sturgeon heading to Brussels and getting involved in a party that she's not invited to I ...

Alan Sked
The revolving door of EU membership

The revolving door of EU membership

LAST MONTH Switzerland withdrew its official application to become a full member of the European Union. Elitist Swiss governments had been attempting for no less than twenty-four years to persuade their voters that full membership ...

Hugo de Burgh
Imperial nostalgia in the battle for Europe

Imperial nostalgia in the battle for Europe

THE ECONOMIC arguments are inconclusive. Since we are not very democratic ourselves who cares about the EU’s democratic deficit? In today’s world sovereignty is meaningless. No, the real passion underlying Brexit is a hankering for ...

Iain McGill
How England Hibsed it in Marseille – and I met a few Russians...

How England Hibsed it in Marseille – and I met a few Russians...

I SURE PICKED a good weekend to take a trip to Marseille...

I've always fancied Marseille. That team they had back in the day, when I was younger I always picked them ...