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Jamie Nugent
Venezuela's tragedy: Chavez and Maduro screw the workers

Venezuela's tragedy: Chavez and Maduro screw the workers

THE CONTEMPT of Chavez and his followers for the organised working class can be seen clearly in the fate of Ciudad Guyana, Venezuela’s industrial heartland.  A hub of giant steel mills, coal and bauxite mines, ...

Jim Ferguson
The case for true independence requires Scotland must vote for Brexit

The case for true independence requires Scotland must vote for Brexit

I TOOK PART in the recent BBC European Parliament election debate. As we entered the studio set, like gladiators walking into an arena, I noticed those around me were strangely quiet, apprehensive one might say. ...

Alan Grant
Retro Review: Goodfellas

Retro Review: Goodfellas

YOU KNOW WHAT FRIENDS? I really enjoy being the resident movie critic here at Think Scotland and I’m looking forward to getting back into a theatre and critiquing the next film that sparks my interest. ...

Miles Saltiel
Is there a way for the Tory Party to avoid oblivion?

Is there a way for the Tory Party to avoid oblivion?

THE LOG-JAM IS BREACHED. We may take it that May’s indicative votes will be pulled or have no effect on Parliamentary sentiment; and that she will lose her second reading. No-one has a motive to ...

Murdo Fraser
The “return to sender” government

The “return to sender” government

IT IS SOMETHING of an article of faith for the current SNP Government that it continually demands more powers to be transferred to Holyrood from Westminster. Whatever the issue, the economy, the public services, or ...

Jonathan Stanley
Scottish Tory policy is like holding an empty sack

Scottish Tory policy is like holding an empty sack

FEW CAN ADMIT to having escaped some of the myth and hysteria (can we still use that word?) about Game of Thrones. It is for many in politics the new House of Cardsand the parallels between it ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 47

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 47

WHAT DO YOU GET when you cross a toilet training toddler with an 11-month-old that’s teething?

A head case for a mother!

Yes, it’s been quite a week. I ...

Eben Wilson
Econonsense –  perfect employers produce imperfect services

Econonsense – perfect employers produce imperfect services

A GOOD FRIEND of mine has just resigned from a public service job.  In doing so, the organisation she worked for has lost a talent with a wealth of experience.

The reasons for ...

Tom Gallagher
Deep fractures appear in Spain after Sunday’s election

Deep fractures appear in Spain after Sunday’s election

JEREMY CORBYN OFFERED his ‘felicidades’ to Pedro Sanchez, the leaders of the Spanish Socialist workers Party (PSOE) after it was confirmed as the largest party in Sunday’s general election. But he has 14 fewer seats ...

Paul Spare
Thunberg is naïve: renewables alone is an Illusion

Thunberg is naïve: renewables alone is an Illusion

THE VISIT of Greta Thunberg to the UK and the other climate protests have been well publicised, but the muddled thinking and inconsistency amongst global warming campaigners will inevitably result in little tangible progress in ...

Alan Grant
Review: Greta

Review: Greta

FOR A FILM of impressive pedigree look no further thanGreta. It has Neil Jordan, the director of the Oscar-winning The Crying Game and the generation-defining Interview with the Vampire who also counts 1997’s significantly underrated The Butcher Boy among his credits. ...

Miles Saltiel
We are left with a narrow path and a steep hill to achieve Brexit

We are left with a narrow path and a steep hill to achieve Brexit

THE LAST THREE YEARS have been a disagreeable voyage of discovery, leaving the nation sadder and wiser, in particular as to the failings of half-hearted negotiation. To repeat my last post, our diplomats set no ...