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Tom Gallagher
The laid-back Irish are confronted by a life or death choice

The laid-back Irish are confronted by a life or death choice

“THERE ARE so many children and young people around here” is an observation I’ve heard frequently from other visitors to Ireland.  

The Irish Republic has one of the highest birth-rates in the ...

Martin Livermore
Is environmental damage in the eye of the beholder?

Is environmental damage in the eye of the beholder?

OVER more than a decade the Scientific Alliance has tried to provide a voice of reason on some important matters, often being critical of mainstream environmentalism, but hopefully supported by evidence. When it comes to ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 35

The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 35

THESE LAST few weeks of pregnancy are definitely the longest siege in the whole nine month process! I remember with Jamie, once my maternity leave started, I was able to have long lies, washing and ...

Jack Perry
Is economic growth the elephant in the room?

Is economic growth the elephant in the room?

THIS is the question I posed when speaking at a Scotland in Union meeting in Edinburgh last month.

We’re facing a bit of an oxymoron here in Scotland. We have a fantastic ...

Murdo Fraser
Confusion reigns at Holyrood over prisoner voting rights

Confusion reigns at Holyrood over prisoner voting rights

SHOULD prisoners be given the right to vote in elections? That was the issue considered by the Scottish Parliament this week, following a report from the Equalities and Human Rights Committee, published on Monday.

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Liam Kerr
Support Finn’s Law and campaign – sign the petition

Support Finn’s Law and campaign – sign the petition

A LITTLE under two years ago, PC Dave Wardell and his police dog, Finn, were chasing a robbery suspect when he turned and attacked them with a knife. Finn leapt to defend PC Wardell sustaining ...

Brian Monteith
Go home Kilroy, you’re not wanted in Edinburgh

Go home Kilroy, you’re not wanted in Edinburgh

Graffiti. As long as I can remember it has always been with us. 'Kilroy was here' was fun at first, but it soon tired. As a youth raised in Edinburgh it was Young Leith Team, Lochend ...

Stuart Crawford
Disinformation is a weapon we should be aware of - not fall for

Disinformation is a weapon we should be aware of - not fall for

THERE HAS been quite a bit of coverage of defence issues in the media recently, ranging from the US/UK/France missile strikes on Syria via the Israeli-Iranian exchange of fire over the Golan Heights to the ...

Jim Sillars
More intellectual rigour and less virtue signalling needed by the SNP government

More intellectual rigour and less virtue signalling needed by the SNP government

ELSEWHERE on this website, Murdo Fraser argued about Fracking in the manner an opposition spokesman usually does, legitimately, when a government is in a mess.  My view, however, is a reflection of a deeper anxiety about ...

Tom Gallagher
Paradoxes of Nationalism: The SNP and Scottish exhibitionism

Paradoxes of Nationalism: The SNP and Scottish exhibitionism

ON BROAD and narrow issues it is normal for the Scottish National Party to be evasive and inexact.

On currency, welfare provisions, fracking, defence goals, relations with the European landmass in and ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 34

The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 34

ANOTHER WEEK, another hospital visit, another screaming match, lots of cuddles, lots of tears, lots of washing and loads of sensible conversation!

Our bank holiday Monday was a great start to the ...

Martin Livermore
After Paris, fudging climate change may become the default option

After Paris, fudging climate change may become the default option

CLIMATE CHANGE, unsurprisingly, continues to generate headlines. However, it rarely makes the front pages anymore; like any issue, there comes a time when the peak has been reached and there simply isn’t the public interest ...