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Jim Sillars
Public or Private? Let’s not worry about the colour of a cat that catches mice

Public or Private? Let’s not worry about the colour of a cat that catches mice

AT THE OUTSET, let me say that I am glad that there is now, through ThinkScotland, a forum for people on the Right to explore public policy ideas, critique policy from either the Scottish Government ...

Jonathan Stanley
Phil Hammond may not back Brexit, but he's backing global Britain

Phil Hammond may not back Brexit, but he's backing global Britain

A DEAL, a deal, my kingdom for a deal....said no Tory ever.  As vital as Brexit is, the long term consequences are even more so.

The Tories are working out fast that ...

Jackie Anderson
Dust spots!

Dust spots!

THE GOOD Housekeeping Institute has this week published “nine easy-to-miss cleaning spots in the home“, really? I look around my home and can quite easily pick out nine or more not-so-easy-to-miss spots that need cleaning. ...

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, ...

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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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...