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Jamie Greene
HS2 could be good for Scotland

HS2 could be good for Scotland

VARIOUS REPORTS and studies have been underway in order to determine whether a new HS2 is a good idea or not. In 2011, a report from the Westminster Transport Committee found that there was a ...

Eben Wilson
Aspiring to prejudice – against Scottish commerce

Aspiring to prejudice – against Scottish commerce

FOR SOME YEARS now we have come to recognise that the SNP prefers to announce aspirations rather than engage in practical policy measures. In recent weeks, however, we have at last seen some policy decisions ...

Christopher Anderson
Thank Gord! It’s Strachan

Thank Gord! It’s Strachan

In the week that the SFA begins deliberations on who should replace Gordon Strachan as Scottish football team manager we give you this blast from the past by Chris Anderson, written in January 2013…

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Martin Livermore
Understanding toxicity is the key to dealing with pollution

Understanding toxicity is the key to dealing with pollution

AS MOST READERS of my regular columns will already be very well aware, toxicity is a relative term. But for the general public, this simple but important concept is all too often misunderstood. For many people, ...

Liam Kerr
 Beyond the smoke and mirrors of crime statistics

Beyond the smoke and mirrors of crime statistics

IN HIS BOOK “How the Good Guys Finally Won: Notes from an Impeachment Summer”, journalist Jimmy Breslin suggests "All political power is primarily an illusion... Mirrors and blue smoke, beautiful blue smoke rolling over the ...

Jonathan Stanley
It's conference season and the big question is

It's conference season and the big question is "Deal or No Deal?"

IT'S THE MOST wonderful time of the political calendar. Party conferences are but once a year. Where politicians air their dirty laundry, where budget plans are washed up, where the under-21s make a discernible case for ...

Charles Harris
Art education must change

Art education must change

As regular readers will know – I have written often about the great difficulty that traditional artists like myself face trying to deliver what the public asks for – art that, whilst challenging and thought ...

Miles Saltiel
Brexit: Time for an Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove?

Brexit: Time for an Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove?

WE KNOW THE DRILL – we should learn from our mistakes (just saying, Theresa, Boris, Philip…) At the beginning of the year, I listed a dozen challenges facing the EU. It has withstood several, in ...

Murdo Fraser
SNP abandons science with its hypocritical fracking ban

SNP abandons science with its hypocritical fracking ban

IN THE END, it was an announcement that took no-one by surprise. The SNP’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, told the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday that fracking in Scotland was to be banned on a permanent ...

Jamie Greene
The GP crisis in Scotland - and the Minister that won't show face

The GP crisis in Scotland - and the Minister that won't show face

BACK IN 2016 the British Medical Association called for urgent action to tackle a number of problems in Scotland’s NHS. Instead, investment in GP services has fallen from 9.8  per cent of NHS Scotland’s spending ...

Jackie Anderson
Unashamedly Mad!

Unashamedly Mad!

WELL, THAT'S SUMMER OVER for another year, the summer clothes are now packed away for their annual reappearance next year. The heating's on and now that Strictly and X-Factor have kicked off, Winter's on its way. 

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Martin Livermore
Can England save the future of fracking in Europe?

Can England save the future of fracking in Europe?

LAST YEAR, the UK government gave a cautious go-ahead to fracking, after years of a moratorium following concerns about minor earth tremors near the Caudrilla exploration site in Lancashire. The company has since restarted test ...