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Tony Trewavas
Britain should become an optimistic nation by backing Thorium for power generation

Britain should become an optimistic nation by backing Thorium for power generation

USE OF THORIUM instead of uranium in reactors can allay virtually all public concern over weapons proliferation, radioactive pollution, toxic waste and fuel that is costly and complicated to process. 

Thorium is ...

Roger White
Thoughts on Labour's suspension of its Aberdeen councillors

Thoughts on Labour's suspension of its Aberdeen councillors

IT WON'T TAKE YOU LONG rooting around my blog to discover I have more than a passing interest in the city of Aberdeen (I live there) and in local government (I worked in ...

Charles Harris
Bluebells are a wonderful Spring treat

Bluebells are a wonderful Spring treat

EACH SPRING, in the ancient forests of Britain, we witness one of the miracles of nature with the arrival of the Bluebell. They are always a joy to see growing and never ever disappoint. Our Bluebells, ...

Kirstein Rummery
There’s a strong economic case for women’s equality, so why so little progress?

There’s a strong economic case for women’s equality, so why so little progress?

CAMPAIGNERS FOR women’s equality often draw attention to the social costs inequality entails: the risk or experience of sexual violence, the lack of role models in positions of power, and the everyday sexism experienced by ...

Murdo Fraser
The week Scottish Labour withered

The week Scottish Labour withered

“My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

FOR MOST of my life, the Labour Party has dominated the Scottish political scene ...

Jonathan Stanley
It's official! According to the EU, Scots don't think that much of it

It's official! According to the EU, Scots don't think that much of it

MANY NATIONALISTS were hit by the bombshell study back in march by NatCen that showed, surprisingly, that Scotland doesn't want a differentiated deal with the EU post Brexit. That does not mean regional differences cannot ...

Charles Harris
Is modern life rubbish and can we do anything about it?

Is modern life rubbish and can we do anything about it?

THIS WEEK I have enclosed two images along with some political questions I hope you will find relevant.  The first image is a painting of “Angel Holes over Glenturrett” which I hope,  illustrates and symbolises the simple joys ...

Miles Saltiel
Can a Brexit deal be agreed quickly enough?

Can a Brexit deal be agreed quickly enough?

I STARTED paying attention to Brexit three years ago and rapidly came to doubt that Article 50 talks could come to a successful outcome. So, I reasoned, Her Majesty’s Government should flush this out rather ...

Jack Ponton
Fracking offers a green alternative to wind power

Fracking offers a green alternative to wind power

IT IS AN ARTICLE of faith among the environmental lobby that wind energy is benign and undisruptive, and that obtaining shale gas by hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) is damaging and disruptive.

The ...

Andrew Brown
Finding a real voice that counts for Scotland

Finding a real voice that counts for Scotland

IT’S A LITTLE OVER three weeks to go until polling day when Scotland and the rest of the UK will cast their votes in the General Election. Not only is this election an opportunity to ...

Charles Harris
The lost secrets of Classical Art: Joseph Farquharson landscapes

The lost secrets of Classical Art: Joseph Farquharson landscapes

DEAR READER, in the recent article about Raeburn, I described the best Scottish Portrait Painter.  This time I wish to discuss our best Scottish landscape painter, Joseph Farquharson.   As a painter he will be familiar ...

Eben Wilson
The carnivore politics of the left

The carnivore politics of the left

A LOT OF BILE is being expended on the Labour Party manifesto; much of it on its supposed costs.  There is no doubt that it does offer a great deal of manna from somewhere, and ...