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Murdo Fraser
Say NO to the SNP's Swim Tax

Say NO to the SNP's Swim Tax

ON TUESDAY the Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay, announced the Scottish Government’s response to the Barclay Review of non-domestic rates. This was long-awaited by those in business, particularly in sectors like hospitality that have seen massive ...

Stephen Kerr
There is no power grab – except that practised by the SNP

There is no power grab – except that practised by the SNP

THERE HAS BEEN a constant carping from nationalists in the last few weeks that the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill represents a “power grab” – that it shall take powers away from the Scottish Parliament. This ...

Brian Monteith
Obituary: Chris Anderson – famed piper and ThinkScotland contributor

Obituary: Chris Anderson – famed piper and ThinkScotland contributor

IT IS WITH SADNESS that I write to inform ThinkScotland readers of the passing of one our former contributors, Chris Anderson, who died suddenly on 5th September at the age of 84. Chris was a ...

Brian Monteith
The Forth Bridges represent international co-operation, not Scottish exceptionalism

The Forth Bridges represent international co-operation, not Scottish exceptionalism

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT. The three bridges spanning the Forth between North and South Queensferry built in three different centuries are towering examples of the engineering excellence of their times.

Saltire ...

Murdo Fraser
Why the GERS figures finish off nationalist economic case

Why the GERS figures finish off nationalist economic case

THE ANNUAL publication of the GERS figures (Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland) always sparks a lively political debate. This year, the SNP Government moved publication of the figures to Parliament’s summer recess, no doubt ...

Jack Ponton
Electric only cars by 2032? A silly idea just got sillier...

Electric only cars by 2032? A silly idea just got sillier...

THE IDEA that all cars in Britain should be fully electric by 2040, a relatively short space of time for developing a huge and expensive national infrastructure, is so silly and potentially damaging that it ...

Effie Deans
Why Wallace must fall – and Charlie and Rabbie too

Why Wallace must fall – and Charlie and Rabbie too

BY AN AMAZING piece of good luck the Aberdeen branch of the Wallace Must Fall Campaign has discovered a hitherto unknown letter between William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. One of the problems of medieval ...

Jonathan Stanley
Whisky Galore, but who's it for?

Whisky Galore, but who's it for?

A LONG, LONG time ago there was a wee country.  It had one big farm export. In fact it was the world's biggest exporter of this product.

Almost the entire ...

Jonathan Stanley
Frank's Law extends an already bad policy - can that be right?

Frank's Law extends an already bad policy - can that be right?

I HAVE SEEN the tweets. The press releases. The special pleading. The eponym. The Scottishness. The policy failure. 

Frank's Law is precisely how all bad policy starts: confusing will for the deed ...

Liam Kerr
How to make Scotland unsafe and open to violence

How to make Scotland unsafe and open to violence

THE WAY Nicola Sturgeon talks about criminals sentenced to several months in prison, you’d think every single one of them was merely a victim of circumstance.

The lie constantly pushed by the ...

Stuart Crawford
East Lothian and its social stereotypes

East Lothian and its social stereotypes

AS I’VE SAID often enough before, East Lothian is a nice place to live.  It is a county of contrasts; lovely beaches and douce wee coastal villages; stark, ugly former mining communities struggling out of ...

Martin Livermore
Bias and intolerance in scientific discovery

Bias and intolerance in scientific discovery

WHILE MANY people pay lip service to objectivity and provide evidence in support of their assertions, true objectivity is very rare. Science is supposedly a body of knowledge assembled dispassionately by researchers looking at all ...