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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 ...

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 ...