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Tom Gallagher
Why is it difficult to remain nice in the SNP?

Why is it difficult to remain nice in the SNP?

IN ELEVEN YEARS of rule the Scottish National party has become arguably the most ruthless political outfit in these islands, excluding Sinn Fein.  It has exploited a grievance mentality present in perhaps one-fifth of Scots and been ...

Miles Saltiel
Brexit agreement 95% ready? Pull the other one

Brexit agreement 95% ready? Pull the other one

THE PRIME MINISTER has sought to dispel the torrent of criticism facing her by claiming that the draft Brexit agreement with the EU is “95% complete”. Here is how we would score it.

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Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Weeks 17 & 18

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Weeks 17 & 18

WHAT AN AMAZING FORTNIGHT it has been! We have managed to survive a trip to Edinburgh in one weekend to visit the family and then celebrated Lily’s christening the following weekend. To say it has ...

Ewen Stewart
The Single Market remains the wrong answer to the UK’s future prosperity

The Single Market remains the wrong answer to the UK’s future prosperity

IT IS A CLICHÉ but Britain is a trading nation. Last year the UK exported £615bn of goods and services to the world. Trade is the lifeblood of the nation and the historic UK referendum vote ...

Eben Wilson
Be warned, the problem is the common rule book

Be warned, the problem is the common rule book

A LEGAL BEAVER friend of mine, married to a medieval historian and a fan of modern industrial history himself after a career spell in Glasgow, once surprised me by expressing a deep-felt sentiment about a ...

Tom Gallagher
Optimism in short supply as Romania marks unification centenary

Optimism in short supply as Romania marks unification centenary

CELEBRATIONS to mark the unification of Romania, which occurred a century ago this December, are currently going ahead. I'm just back from a conference that examined the breakthrough for Romanian Unionists as well as the ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 16

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 16

I READ AN ARTICLE on Facebook this week about stay-at-home mums. A very interesting article entitled If Stay At Home Mums Were Paid Their Salary Would Be $143K Per Year. 

Yes – you ...

Jamie Nugent
Venezuela's tragedy: education now in a state of collapse

Venezuela's tragedy: education now in a state of collapse

MOST VENEZUELAN schools are now empty of children and teachers, in a major crisis for the poverty-stricken country.

Former President Hugo Chavez used to boast that he was improving the education system, ...

Paul Spare
We face an energy crisis if the warnings are ignored

We face an energy crisis if the warnings are ignored

AS HAS been widely reported, it is ten years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers bank and the ensuing financial crisis in the banking system. Many commentators issued warnings preceding the crisis that too few boardroom ...

David Hoey
The magical mystery Brexit

The magical mystery Brexit

THERE ARE a sequence of events that create a mystery in the whole Brexit process to date, and is important to solve going forward. 

In January 2017 the Lancaster House speech set ...

Stuart Crawford
Some corner of a foreign field: a battlefield tour worth making

Some corner of a foreign field: a battlefield tour worth making

FOR SOMEONE who spent twenty years in the British Army I have done very few battlefield tours. Waterloo, as part of the Army Staff College course was one, and the Arras Counterattack of 1940 with ...

Jamie Nugent
Venezuela’s tragedy: sanctions are not the cause of Venezuela’s difficulties

Venezuela’s tragedy: sanctions are not the cause of Venezuela’s difficulties

SANCTIONS ARE OFTEN TOUTED as a significant factor either in Venezuela’s decline or its current crisis.  Neither is true. US and EU sanctions mainly target corrupt individuals, such as top minister Tarek El Aissami, who has ...