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Hugh Andrew
A very simple choice

A very simple choice

DANNY ALEXANDER has received some degree of criticism for uttering a clear and simple truth. The General Election in Scotland is a choice between two movements. One wishes the end of Britain, one wishes its ...

Hugh Andrew
Alex Salmond follows the money

Alex Salmond follows the money

I RECEIVED a fair amount of coverage for my comments on our former First Minister’s Memoirs. Sadly much of it missed the point I was trying to make. It is a point well worth restating. 

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Emma Lockett
Fifty Shades of Garbage

Fifty Shades of Garbage

Film Review - Fifty Shades of Grey

Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Luke Grimes, Max Martini

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Written By: Kelly Marcel, E.L James

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Elizabeth Smith
Can Sturgeon really grasp the education thistle?

Can Sturgeon really grasp the education thistle?

AT LAST, it looks like Scotland will get the kind of school reform that every pupil deserves

The blunt admission from Scotland's First Minister, that the current school system is not ...

Elizabeth Smith
Will losing British Open TV rights hurt both golf and the BBC?

Will losing British Open TV rights hurt both golf and the BBC?

THERE ARE many people who would argue that the great love affair which the British people have with sport has a lot to do with the long line of outstanding sports commentators who graced the ...

Hugh Andrew
A case for Damnatio Memoriae?

A case for Damnatio Memoriae?

SOME YEARS AGO I saw something in Algeria that shook me then as it still shakes me now. It was a Roman monument, prominently placed, heavily inscribed. In the middle of the inscription a name ...

James Corbett
Meanwhile in Scotland...

Meanwhile in Scotland...

THEY SAY a week is a long time in politics. Well, someone said it at some point and it’s sort of stuck, but it makes a good introductory line so let’s stick with the conceit ...

Robert Durward
Political parties have had their day, let technology deliver real democracy

Political parties have had their day, let technology deliver real democracy

‘THE TECTONIC plates are moving’ is a phrase much loved by political commentators.  The revolution we are presently witnessing is, however, unprecedented in modern times and gathers momentum by the day. Throughout Europe, the old parties ...

Lap Gong Leong
What next after the Smith Commission?

What next after the Smith Commission?

LET’S BE HONEST on what the Smith Commission was not. The Smith Commission was not the modern day form of the Scottish Constitutional Convention. 

At its worst, it was a room of ...

Marcus Buist
Challenges for Scotland: freedom for the railways

Challenges for Scotland: freedom for the railways

HURRAH! In case you missed it in the run-up to the referendum, First ScotRail is gone at last. Better yet, a far superior Dutch company has won the bid to take over the network and ...

Marcus Buist
Perth: how tax and regulation can strangle a proud city

Perth: how tax and regulation can strangle a proud city

LIKE MOST small ‘c’ conservatives, I am naturally inclined to be defensive of my home town. Indeed, it is hard to talk about home without lapsing into a VisitScotland style effusion. So when Perth was ...

Andrew Morrison
Scottish education: learning the hard way?

Scottish education: learning the hard way?

IT HAS OFTEN been said over the past two years that the political classes’ relentless obsession with constitution matters would result in bread and butter issues such as education being neglected.  Research unveiled this week ...