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Murdo Fraser
Equality and fairness are not the same thing – which matters more?

Equality and fairness are not the same thing – which matters more?

THE AMBITION to create a “fairer, more equal” society has been a stated aim of the current Scottish Government for many years. This is a form of words which has appeared in numerous speeches by ...

Jonathan Stanley
Why we should sock it to our Scottish sock puppets

Why we should sock it to our Scottish sock puppets

IN SCOTLAND and in France in the 17th Century, government was in the hands of both a monarch and the estates of the realm. The first, second and third estates together ruled the kingdom. The ...

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 ...

Struan Stevenson
Give Scottish business the tools for the job

Give Scottish business the tools for the job

MARK TWAIN famously said: “Prophesy is a good line of business but it is full of risks.” His comment will resonate with business leaders in Scotland who shudder every time they see a push for ...

Jamie Greene
“It’s the economy, stupid” means nothing to the SNP

“It’s the economy, stupid” means nothing to the SNP

TWENTY-FIVE years ago James Carville (pictured) coined the phrase “It’s the economy, stupid” for the then Democrat’s nominee for Presidency of the United States, Bill Clinton. The meaning behind the phrase is clear: the public ...

Liam Kerr
To encourage cycling let the train take the strain

To encourage cycling let the train take the strain

IT IS A GREAT PLEASURE to live in the North East. A particular delight is to take my bike on the train to Montrose then cycle back over Cairn o’ Mount, stopping for sustenance first ...

Charles Harris
Spring brings new colour to our lives

Spring brings new colour to our lives

SPRING FIRST ARRIVED in the glen of ice and fire with early sunlight and cold days, followed by fierce winds, blown snow.

For days I had happily painted a fiery sun arising under ...

Eben Wilson
Collectivist sales patter is not enough for the people of Scotland

Collectivist sales patter is not enough for the people of Scotland

FRANK ZAPPA once said, “Politics is involved with salesmanship. Government is involved with statesmanship”. Scotland, struggling with what its leadership has decided to call a government does not seem to have got this; the rhetoric ...

Jonathan Stanley
The promise of a second EU referendum could shoot the Lib Dem canary

The promise of a second EU referendum could shoot the Lib Dem canary

WE WERE WAITING for the Liberal democrats to jump the shark weren't we? How could they possibly push the Remoan vote even higher following their win in Richmond Park recently? Surely they couldn't be so stupid ...

William Ross
'Europe's last chance' – and why we chose wisely

'Europe's last chance' – and why we chose wisely

IF YOU FORGIVE the absolutely appalling pun, Guy Verhofstadt, (pictured) former PM of Belgium, head of the Europe-wide Liberal Party (acronym ALDI) and chief Brexit negotiator for the EU Parliament, is quite a guy. Amid the ...

Charles Harris
The Ronaldo Portrait: Why do grown men and women put up with this?

The Ronaldo Portrait: Why do grown men and women put up with this?

DEAR FRIENDS, happily the story arrives this time as a result of social media criticism, which obliged the mainstream media to report it too, albeit reluctantly. I refer to the amazement and proper criticism as Cristiano Ronaldo unveiled a supposed ...

Miles Saltiel
Remainers suffering seven stages of grief before reality bites

Remainers suffering seven stages of grief before reality bites

I HAVE always thought that the chances of successful Article 50 negotiations were less than 50-50: a good General Election victory for Theresa May will help strengthen her hand but that outcome is by no means certain; by December ...