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James Corbett
The arrogance of Ian Bell and others is cause for concern

The arrogance of Ian Bell and others is cause for concern

THE INDEPENDENCE debate is of course full of arguments. No statement goes unchallenged. Many positions appear plausible, provided you don’t think about them very much; and given the frequency with which they are recited verbatim ...

Eben Wilson
ECONOSENSE: No cap-in-hand corporate state cabals, please

ECONOSENSE: No cap-in-hand corporate state cabals, please

ONE OF the biggest threats to taxpayers’ wallets is the long-term commitment made by central government to various key infrastructure sectors.

Once made, the political capital that becomes tied up with these ...

James Corbett
Negotiations and bursting bubbles

Negotiations and bursting bubbles

THE ONLY honest answer to the question about an independent Scotland’s currency is “I don’t know”. You don’t know either; nor does any politician, economist, journalist or blogger. Fortune tellers, tea leaf readers and animals ...

Andrew Morrison
The Palestinian flag does not fly in my name

The Palestinian flag does not fly in my name

SO GLASGOW City Council has decided to fly the flag of Palestine from the City Chambers as a gesture of solidarity towards the Gazan people in the ongoing conflict – I should like to point ...

Alison Payne
We need to talk about the ‘F’ word

We need to talk about the ‘F’ word

I WAS ONLY a month old when Mrs Thatcher entered No 10, so to me as a young child growing up in the 1980s, I believed women could do whatever wanted.  Unaware of politics, sexism, ...

Stuart Winton
The people’s sovereignty Vs public choice theory

The people’s sovereignty Vs public choice theory

IF NOTHING ELSE then the often constant refrain from Yes supporters regarding more powers for the Scottish Parliament demonstrates a lack of confidence. Why moan that Westminster won’t grant Holyrood any more powers if independence ...

Kyle Thornton
Why I'm pro-union: a young person's perspective

Why I'm pro-union: a young person's perspective

ON TUESDAY, I had the pleasure of hearing Ruth Davidson talk about why she felt young people were naturally against Alex Salmond's separation plans. She made a convincing case that I agree with wholeheartedly. 

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James Corbett
Are debates worthwhile? It’s debatable.

Are debates worthwhile? It’s debatable.

LAST WEEK I went to not one, but two debates on Scottish independence. Until now I’d not had much first-hand experience of independence debates, but in the spirit of Gonzo journalism I decided it was ...

Rob Murray
With 78 days to go, we need you to do your bit

With 78 days to go, we need you to do your bit

IN 78 DAYS, millions of Scots will go about their daily routine. They will be doing all the things they normally do – taking the kids to school, heading out to work, looking after elderly ...

Robert Trythall
Are prospects for Scottish renewables now becalmed?

Are prospects for Scottish renewables now becalmed?

JUNE has been a significant month to update the development of Scotland’s offshore renewables, and its UK-European-Global perspective  

Earlier in June, the three  biggest offshore wind farm construction ships in the ...

Stuart Winton
Wings Over Scotland: No ‘ordinary’ website

Wings Over Scotland: No ‘ordinary’ website

IT WAS NOT my intention to write a follow-up to my recent piece on the Clare Lally/Campbell Gunn affair and the role of the Wings Over Scotland website in the whole thing. However, Wings author Stuart ...

Neil Craig
A Scottish constitution - Swiss style

A Scottish constitution - Swiss style

I WROTE recently about the leftist Holyrood consensus for a Scottish constitution designed to lock in the permanent power of the state to dictate to us over global warming, high taxation, foreign "aid", and general busybodying, ...