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Jonathan Stanley
Theresa May should be cut some slack

Theresa May should be cut some slack

ONE OF the most powerful defining moments in the our relations with the poor and vulnerable is taking shape in London.  The fire at Grenfell Tower has claimed many lives and the events leading up ...

Jonathan Gillen
Good news, Corbyn is still there!

Good news, Corbyn is still there!

AS A CHILD, to me the most scary enemy of Dr Who was the Cybermen. Hiding behind the sofa was the only way I could face watching this great show but while protecting myself from ...

Martyn Greene
Why we need a National Unity Government – and you can help make it happen

Why we need a National Unity Government – and you can help make it happen

"We call on all MPs to put their party loyalties aside and work together to form a Unity Government to best deal with the Brexit negotiations, austerity economics and terrorism."

THE CONSERVATIVE ...

Martin Livermore
Green with prejudice: why a fair hearing is needed for pesticides

Green with prejudice: why a fair hearing is needed for pesticides

FOOD PLAYS A UNIQUE part in our lives. At minimum, it is essential for life, but it also has great cultural significance. For those of us lucky enough to live in peaceful, prosperous societies, eating ...

Elizabeth Smith
Will John Swinney deliver real change for the better?

Will John Swinney deliver real change for the better?

TODAY, John Swinney will make a statement to Parliament in which he will outline how he intends to reform school governance.

He will start by saying that the status quo ...

Murdo Fraser
Scotland’s Bourbon Queen Sees Her Crown Slip

Scotland’s Bourbon Queen Sees Her Crown Slip

THIS TIME last year, Nicola Sturgeon was in no doubt. Within a few short hours of the result of the Brexit referendum having been declared, she was on her feet in Bute House, announcing that ...

Charles Harris
Is Art a gift – and non-stop rain...

Is Art a gift – and non-stop rain...

DEAR READERS, I was touched this week by a letter I received talking about the gift of art. However, while very kind, I do not really believe art is a gift. And if it is, ...

Tony Trewavas
Robots, Drones, Aeroponics and Hyrdoponics – how science is improving agriculture

Robots, Drones, Aeroponics and Hyrdoponics – how science is improving agriculture

MEETING THE NEEDS of the present without compromising those of future generations is the basis of sustainability. For agriculture sustainability is all about smart technology, robotics and optimising efficient use of land.

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Andrew Morrison
The people of the UK have spoken - we want to stay British

The people of the UK have spoken - we want to stay British

FOR THE LAST five or so years our Union has been under threat. It started with peak Nat in 2011, the inevitable referendum on Scottish Independence, the long gruelling three years of campaigning to save ...

Martin Livermore
Wanted! Rational policymaking based on non-partisan evidence

Wanted! Rational policymaking based on non-partisan evidence

GOVERNMENTS are elected for a whole variety of reasons, but a key one is that we hope they will spend taxpayers’ money wisely. Bill Clinton’s famous phrase – “it’s the economy, stupid” – really sums ...

Effie Deans
To defend the UK it is not enough to defeat the SNP - we need the Conservatives to win

To defend the UK it is not enough to defeat the SNP - we need the Conservatives to win

THERE IS ONLY ONE THING in politics I really care about. I have lived under Labour Government’s, Conservative Governments and Coalition Governments. These things matter in the short term, but in the long term they ...

Liam Kerr
Can changing road speed limits work both ways?

Can changing road speed limits work both ways?

BACK IN MARCH, I wrote about the folly of the plans to cut the national speed limit to 20 mph in all residential zones as it would not improve road safety and nor would it ...