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Otto Inglis
Gender neutral toilets, but why?

Gender neutral toilets, but why?

WE HAVE become so inured to political correctness in the public sector that when Glasgow City Council revealed two weeks ago that the three new primary schools that they were building would have gender-neutral or ...

Ewen Stewart
Forget the Budget, it's the Government's monetary policy that counts

Forget the Budget, it's the Government's monetary policy that counts

Now that the dust has settled on Philip Hammond’s budget – and the immediate reaction to the now dropped NIC increase for the self-employed has subsided – we can see that it was a quiet ...

Jonathan Stanley
Theresa May should have read Faust before offering a Faustian bargain

Theresa May should have read Faust before offering a Faustian bargain

This week the Prime Minister spurned Nicola Sturgeon's advances on a second independence referendum with the one of the worst arguments to moderation, "Not tonight dear, it's not the time".  This has immediately opened up ...

Robert Kilgour
Now is the time for Scottish Government to support elderly care

Now is the time for Scottish Government to support elderly care

IT SIMPLY cannot be right that someone is paid more for stacking supermarket shelves than for looking after our vulnerable elderly relatives. I fully welcome and support the Scottish Government’s introduction in October 2016 of the ...

Jonathan Stanley
What should we do about farming?

What should we do about farming?

TWO SCOTS, a Unionist and a Nationalist, walk into Holyrood. They talk about matters reserved to Westminster and then the Tories defend the Westminster government from the Scottish government-in-opposition – who talk about anything except ...

Ewen Stewart
Theresa May faces a Catch 22 decision

Theresa May faces a Catch 22 decision

ONCE IN A GENERATION may become once every few years. It seems increasingly likely that Nicola Sturgeon is gearing up to demand a Second Referendum with the probable announcement being made at the SNP conference ...

Grant Simpson
Corrosive identity politics has no place in council elections

Corrosive identity politics has no place in council elections

AS THE NEVER ENDING noise of Scotland's constitutional argument drones on, I've been wondering where the wise, principled Scot has gone?

Politics used to be defined on the left/right scale. Small state, ...

Jonathan Stanley
A penny from the pauper or a pound from a prince - unionists should choose

A penny from the pauper or a pound from a prince - unionists should choose

CONFERENCE SEASON is open and another intense, civic and meaningful debate has opened on how to rebuild the union that has brought us so much. Well, there's time yet.

We are all ...

ThinkScotland
The inconvenient truths about who's delivering real devolution

The inconvenient truths about who's delivering real devolution

FURTHER to our publishing in full the Prime Minister's speech to the Conservative conference in Glasgow we are also making available below the speech of the Scottish Secretary, David Mundell MP, as it covers some important points regarding the possibility of ...

Cormac Lucey
Is it time to consider an EU escape plan for Ireland?

Is it time to consider an EU escape plan for Ireland?

IN THE WAKE of the Good Friday/Belfast agreement, routine border checks between Newry and Dundalk disappeared. That disappearance rested on two foundation stones: peace in Northern Ireland, and the fact that the north and the ...

Eben Wilson
Choices in the broadcasting mirror

Choices in the broadcasting mirror

THE BBC loves to flatter us with the notion of “Your BBC”; this suggests the idea that programming decisions are made by some democratic osmosis such that people will always see on their screen a ...

Jonathan Stanley
Cutting the TV Tax is a better idea

Cutting the TV Tax is a better idea

THE PLANNED launch of a Scottish 9 by the BBC as a new channel dedicated to Scotland has been welcomed by every MSP in Holyrood as an unprecedented investment. It is of course that Brownite kind of ...