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Eben Wilson
Whose problem is the Irish problem?

Whose problem is the Irish problem?

THE IRISH TAOISEACH’S recent speech in Belfast repeated a standardised pro-EU political position including the mantra that there should be “a plan for a hard Brexit“. This echoed what many of the commentariat demand and, ...

Jonathan Stanley
Reasons to be Cheerful Part 3: After Brexit science shall still flourish

Reasons to be Cheerful Part 3: After Brexit science shall still flourish

LEAVING the European Union creates huge challenges and opportunities for the UK. What is clear is that the biggest challenge for science is to maintain cooperation with other EU countries. Partnerships both professional and personal ...

Charles Harris
The Meeting

The Meeting

DEAR READER, during my absence this past month I have been asked several times why modernist art became so readily accepted, especially in view of the things I have explained. The short answer is – ...

Jack Ponton
Why I’m still not excited about Tidal Power

Why I’m still not excited about Tidal Power

THE TIDAL POWER company Atlantis has announced that the four 1.5MW turbines they installed in the Pentland Firth have generated 1GWh of electricity. When the company started installation of the first turbine last September I ...

Jonathan Stanley
Big Bobby is watching you

Big Bobby is watching you

FEW THINGS irritate advocates of civil liberties that the perverse need of our authorities to spy on fellow citizens.

The Oyster card you scan on a bus,  the smartphone that logs onto available networks, the ...

Miles Saltiel
Will dog days give way to dog fights in the Tory party?

Will dog days give way to dog fights in the Tory party?

WHILE under-secretaries reach for long drinks under blistering skies, their betters hike the shores of Lake Garda. Over these dog days, information reaches us slowly and indirectly, if at all. Any sensible blogger has knocked ...

Stuart Crawford
10 Things to thank the Americans for

10 Things to thank the Americans for

BASHING our transatlantic cousins has been a popular sport for as long as I can remember, whether it be for their extraordinary dress sense, extraordinary appetites, or extraordinary rendition – or perhaps all three and ...

Jack Tagholm-Child
Brexit is a chance to rebalance our economy

Brexit is a chance to rebalance our economy

THE LEFT has long insisted that Margaret Thatcher destroyed our manufacturing base and created an economy almost wholly reliant on services, in particular the inherent vice of economic production: finance.

Like most ...

Joseph Hackett
Abolishing the 'Tampon Tax' should only be the start of Brexit reforms

Abolishing the 'Tampon Tax' should only be the start of Brexit reforms

IN MARCH 2016, Britain appeared to have scored a rare victory in Brussels. The deeply unpopular and unfair “tampon tax” – the 5 per cent VAT applied to women’s sanitary products – was finally going to ...

Tony Trewavas
The real costs of wind energy defeat the case for having it

The real costs of wind energy defeat the case for having it

THERE ARE COSTS and benefits to everything in life. The costs of wind energy are high and the benefits few.

Every country needs a cheap, reliable supply of electricity and wind energy ...

Hugh Andrew
How the business rate revaluation threatens small businesses

How the business rate revaluation threatens small businesses

FAR FROM the Madding Crowd is a small bookshop in Linlithgow. But one of some distinction. It runs West Lothian's only literary Festival, organised several school book weeks (and our First Minister's aim is to ...

Jonathan Stanley
Crown cash king again - Let's have a one thousand pound note

Crown cash king again - Let's have a one thousand pound note

PLAY IT COOL Rodney, play it cool, know what I mean? That scene where David Jason as Del Boy falls through the bar is a British classic. Comedy gold, and so very 1980s. The carnations, ...