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Neil Stratton
Scottish Conservative & Unionist? What’s in a name?

Scottish Conservative & Unionist? What’s in a name?

CONCERNED that during this lockdown its readers, their children and their children’s children might be suffering academic deprivation, Think Scotland has come up with its very own essay question.

Proposition: The current ...

Tom Gallagher
Cummings: Media plays the man while ignoring the lockdown rules

Cummings: Media plays the man while ignoring the lockdown rules

A SENSIBLE and tenacious media is often critical in saving countries when threatened by an assault on democratic institutions. But an irresponsible and demagogic media can also imperil the freedom of countries, even ones ...

Tom Gallagher
ThinkBooks: Uncommon Scottish wisdom from a Galloway shore

ThinkBooks: Uncommon Scottish wisdom from a Galloway shore

Red Rag to a Bull: Rural Life in an Urban Age, by Jamie Blackett

THIS BOOK is balm for the soul. At a time when Scotland is in danger of being overwhelmed by ...

Neil Stratton
The Northern Agreements: who benefits most?

The Northern Agreements: who benefits most?

THE PREVIOUS article in this series, The Northern Agreements: do they benefit Scotland and the UK?, examined the quantities of fish landed from UK and EU27 waters by the Norwegian fleet under the fishing agreement between ...

Jonathan Stanley
She's not the Madonna, she's a very nippy sweetie

She's not the Madonna, she's a very nippy sweetie

IT IS AN ODD THING to live through a crisis. One expects it to be sudden, and then over as quickly. The truth is just like with the financial crash of 2008, the 2020 Covid-19 ...

Dr Angela Anderson
Responding to Covid-19 – the way forward

Responding to Covid-19 – the way forward

COVID-19 caught virtually all governments and health systems across the world unawares. Leaders seeking to cover their missteps are at pains to emphasize that the pandemic’s progression has been a steep learning curve for all ...

Alan Grant
Think Movies: why I miss the movies

Think Movies: why I miss the movies

OVER THESE past few difficult weeks, I’ve enjoyed bringing you the fun little lists that have filled the gap imposed on my brand of entertainment journalism, and life more broadly, by Covid-19. It’s been great ...

Allan Sutherland
Scotland needs a shake-up – why not produce our own Beveridge reports?

Scotland needs a shake-up – why not produce our own Beveridge reports?

CONSIDER THIS…

"After this crisis is over, people may well be in the mood for radical change in Scotland. We need to be sure (insert party name) is the party of radical ...

Linda Holt
Boris’s gamble

Boris’s gamble

AS I WRITE, I have no idea if Dominic Cummings will eventually fall on his sword, deciding à la Alastair Campbell that the advisor has to go when he becomes the story. 

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Tom Gallagher
Urban freedoms are being menaced by determined extremists

Urban freedoms are being menaced by determined extremists

LAST WEEK the libertarian politician Douglas Carswell came near to admitting that decentralisation measures introduced in Britain over the last twenty years had gone badly awry.  He tweeted:

“Let’s be honest, it’s not ...

Stuart Crawford
Musings of a REAL Tank Commander – Part 9 Mojos, Crab Air and cordite

Musings of a REAL Tank Commander – Part 9 Mojos, Crab Air and cordite

AND SO TO RANGES, or firing camp as some other regiments called it. This happened once every year or two years depending on which particular training cycle you found your self on. We took it ...

Neil Stratton
Fishing with Norway – do the Northern Agreements benefit Scotland and the UK?

Fishing with Norway – do the Northern Agreements benefit Scotland and the UK?

THE EU HAS SIGNED so-called Northern Agreements with Norway, the Faroe Islands and Iceland to allow its fleets to fish in their waters in return for the right of the other party’s fleet to ...