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Eben Wilson
Do we need a Cabinet Secretary for Uneconomy?

Do we need a Cabinet Secretary for Uneconomy?

ON SUNDAY, Nicola Sturgeon wrote about her “vision for the first 100 days of my new government”. The usual presidential distemper brush was deployed, but modern government and its media management inevitably offer pap on ...

Iain McGill
Vegas and Bermuda - it's party central for our man on vacation

Vegas and Bermuda - it's party central for our man on vacation

AFTER LA it was off to LV – Las Vegas – for Christmas. The week was the blur that I had hoped it would be, but piecing it together afterwards special mentions must go to ...

Iain McGill
Iain McGill's Christmas: Part 1 – Los Angeles

Iain McGill's Christmas: Part 1 – Los Angeles

CHRISTMAS may be a poor excuse every 25th December to pick a man's pockets, but I find it's a great excuse to get the passport dusted off and some travel done. Having harassed my friends ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diaries: How my family caused the United States

The Dean's Diaries: How my family caused the United States

Later this month Luath Press publishes a collection of David Purdie's extracts from the diaries Of the Dean of St Andrew's College, University of Edinburgh, that first appeared in ThinkScotland. As a sampler we are pleased to repeat publication of some of the Dean's magnificent musings and will publish a book review in due course with details of how to obtain copies.

Peter Smaill
Carmen and a tale of two cities

Carmen and a tale of two cities

THE TWO best known syllables in the operatic repertoire provided, in November 2015, a double opportunity to be immersed in that fabulous work of sun, ciggies, song and sex – the tragic tale of the ...

Murdo Fraser
The Rivals - some parallels to consider

The Rivals - some parallels to consider

IN REACTION to the insensitive rule of a distant government in London imposing unwanted policies, the Scottish people rise up in a remarkable national movement demanding change. Ambitious politicians see the opportunity to benefit by ...

Andrew Morrison
The people's flag is deepest blue

The people's flag is deepest blue

"I'm a Tory, why aren't you?"

JEREMY CORBYN is hardly going to be singing this at Labour Party Conference in 2016.  Perhaps because Labour people in the know are already numbering his ...

Iain McGill
San Marino. It's alright.

San Marino. It's alright.

BEING SCOTTISH I obviously cannot get enough of freedom, so a visit to one of the worlds oldest and smallest republics was on the cards for my holidays.   

With a wedding ...

Iain McGill
Faroe Islands: A new route worth exploring

Faroe Islands: A new route worth exploring

ONE OF THE newest routes in and out of Edinburgh is the Atlantic Air route to the Faroe Islands. Sounds far away, but whilst the islands are remote, the flight time is just over an ...

Iain McGill
White knuckle rides and Blue Whales in Sri Lanka

White knuckle rides and Blue Whales in Sri Lanka

I WAS SITTING in Koh Tao, a little diver's paradise of an island in the Gulf of Thailand, trying to find a place on an Air Aisa route that neither my friend nor I had ...

Stuart Waiton
What the 'Named Person' policy really means for the teacher-parent relationship

What the 'Named Person' policy really means for the teacher-parent relationship

A RECENT BLOG and posting on Facebook could be a sign of things to come as the ‘named person’ legislation kicks in. The blog, written by an irate mother of a 13-year-old in Aberdeen, was ...

Rob Murray
Campaigning effectively will be the key to Conservative success

Campaigning effectively will be the key to Conservative success

SCOTLAND is going through a turbulent period just now. We have seen around 1.4 million people of an electorate of 4 million vote for a nationalist party. Whilst it is a great achievement for the ...