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Jonathan Stanley
Politicians – more in common, but not with us

Politicians – more in common, but not with us

TWO YEARS ago I was debating Brexit at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on behalf of the Bow Group. It was a testy meeting as a room full of remain-supporting academics invariably is.

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Jonathan Stanley
Ian Blackford rode a pantomime horse to battle

Ian Blackford rode a pantomime horse to battle

THE SNP can always be relied upon to resort to grudge-laden media stunts when things don't go its way. Its politicians’ lack of respect for democracy and accountability at Holyrood rode south to London yesterday.

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Ivor Tiefenbrun
Brexit betrayal – a week we shall never forget

Brexit betrayal – a week we shall never forget

A personal view from Ivor Tiefenbrun MBE

Jamie Greene
Potholes ARE politics!

Potholes ARE politics!

IT’S A LONG-HELD JOKE that the way to get elected is to start a local pothole campaign. It’s a political love-hate relationship with something that recurs year after year.  It’s British politics through and through; satirical, ...

Tom Gallagher
Russia? It’s not just the football that deserves a look

Russia? It’s not just the football that deserves a look

AS THE WORLD anticipates a thrilling football World Cup football from Russia, few minds will be dwelling on the Russian Civil war that began a century ago. Yet I hazard to ask what relevance, if ...

Brian Monteith
The Euro, Brexit and everything about the EU is political, not economic

The Euro, Brexit and everything about the EU is political, not economic

THERE HAVE been many warnings about the future of the Euro, but so far it has survived the many shocks and crisis it has faced. Now the economic and political challenges from Italy presents its ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 38

The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 38

WELL IT'S nearly D Day! I’ve spent the week trying to keep myself relaxed and chilled as much as possible for the fear of going into labour early. Jamie’s Granny and Gramps don’t arrive until ...

Eben Wilson
Growth Commission, really? Here's how to create new Scottish growth

Growth Commission, really? Here's how to create new Scottish growth

MY FIRST REVIEW of the Sustainable Growth Commission revealed its inherent centralism; a stance that forces it into the error of trying to improve innovation, growth and productivity by state planning.  Economic experience tells us ...

Murdo Fraser
Fiscal Commission reveals how Derek Mackay is taking us into the red

Fiscal Commission reveals how Derek Mackay is taking us into the red

IN THE EARLY DAYS of the Scottish Parliament, arguments raged as to whether it should acquire additional tax-raising powers. Those of us who supported this cause within the Scottish Conservatives argued that this would make ...

Paul Spare
Enjoy the sun but don't rely on wind turbines for your power

Enjoy the sun but don't rely on wind turbines for your power

MOST OF THE UK has seen ten days of ideal summer weather, with a settled anticyclone producing little rain and daytime temperatures consistently in the range 20-25C.  It may be the holiday season, but industry and ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 37

The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 37

“I LOVE a good heatwave!” said NO pregnant women - EVER!

Under ‘normal’ circumstances, this fantastic spell of warm weather would be welcomed with open arms. I’d be taking Jamie walks and ...

Eben Wilson
Scotland PLC cannot be invented

Scotland PLC cannot be invented

THERE’S A LOT to learn from the Growth Commission Report, but not about growth.

Rather, its importance is to illustrate how to dig a hole and then fall into it; it’s a ...