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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 ...

Hugh Andrew
While the world moves on Rivendell falls silent...

While the world moves on Rivendell falls silent...

THE SONGS have fallen silent in Rivendell. That beautiful leafy glade which for the past few weeks has rung to the peel of elvish voices in ever more frenzied chanting now echoes to the sounds ...

Jamie Gardiner
...and now for my next trick...

...and now for my next trick... "Bunga, Bunga"

IN 1910, a handful of Bloomsbury Set tricksters pulled up at Weymouth in bed sheets. Announcing themselves as the court of the Emperor of Abyssinia, they covered up the fact they didn't know a word ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diary: The Union is a force for good

The Dean's Diary: The Union is a force for good

Office of the Dean:
St Andrew's College,
King George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh EH1 3TD

     IT BOILS down to this; do we wish to remain at ...

Ewen Stewart
Market reaction shows No campaign was not bluffing

Market reaction shows No campaign was not bluffing

The media is awash with stories about increasing financial panic about the risks and costs of Scottish independence. Economist Ewen Stewart, who wrote the white paper 'Much Cost, Little Benefit' for the Scottish Research Society about the economic costs of independence, believes this is a signal we can't afford to ignore.

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diaries: The Dean's Erse

The Dean's Diaries: The Dean's Erse

Office of the Dean:
St Andrew's College,
King George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh EH1 3TD

       It was off to Ireland last week,leaving the College ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diary: My memorial to Mr Dodd

The Dean's Diary: My memorial to Mr Dodd

Office of the Dean:
St Andrew's College,
King George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh EH1 3TD

        ONE OF the more melancholy duties of life ...