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Ivor Tiefenbrun
Unequal voices should not alter our course towards Brexit

Unequal voices should not alter our course towards Brexit

SYMMETRY is a sign of health and beauty, so we search for it everywhere.  We naturally think that our opinion is as valid as anyone else’s, and mistakenly assume that both sides of an argument ...

Murdo Fraser
Was Morrissey wrong about Sturgeon's hand being in our pockets?

Was Morrissey wrong about Sturgeon's hand being in our pockets?

I AM no particular fan of the singer Morrissey, late of The Smiths, in relation to either his music or his politics. But, just occasionally, he gets it right.

Last weekend Morrissey ...

Christopher Anderson
When the elites lose our respect

When the elites lose our respect

ONE OF THE SORROWS and disappointments in life is the frequency that we see rare talent, one might even say, without employing hyperbole, real genius, being wasted by some in our society. I refer, of ...

Martin Livermore
Artificial Intelligence: will it be a blessing or curse?

Artificial Intelligence: will it be a blessing or curse?

FOR DECADES, writers and filmmakers have imagined a world in which computers and robots have advanced to a stage where they are, at least in some respects, more capable than their creators. Science fiction allows ...

Liam Kerr
It's time to pause the merger of British Transport Police with Police Scotland

It's time to pause the merger of British Transport Police with Police Scotland

THE REMIT of the British Transport Police (BTP) involves policing railways, stations and trains throughout the UK. BTP officers are accountable to the BTP Chief Constable, the BTP Authority (BTPA), and ultimately, the UK Parliament. ...

Alan Sked
Why we desperately need a new government

Why we desperately need a new government

GLOBAL HISTORIANS USE the expression ‘European Miracle’ to describe how Europe from around the eleventh century expanded exponentially in terms of economic growth and intellectual, technical, commercial and philosophical innovation till it could overtake (indeed ...

Christopher Anderson
A matter of faith...

A matter of faith...

I AM NOT a Roman Catholic. For me, this is simply a fact of life. It does not please or displease me and might be called simply an accident of birth. As the issue of ...

Martin Livermore
How certainty can breed intolerance

How certainty can breed intolerance

CERTAINTY IS USUALLY thought of as a virtue, and we often regard those who lack firm views on an issue as indecisive or weak. In fact, it can be a mixed blessing, with a refusal to ...

Murdo Fraser
Prestwick revelations expose SNP hypocrisy on RBS

Prestwick revelations expose SNP hypocrisy on RBS

I HAVE EVERY SYMPATHY with those in rural communities facing the prospect of losing their RBS branches. Just a few weeks ago, I joined more than 100 local residents in The Square, Aberfeldy, to protest ...

Brian Monteith
The SNP must drop ‘Whitabootery’ and face its responsibilities

The SNP must drop ‘Whitabootery’ and face its responsibilities

WHAT IS IT about politicians, and especially politicians holding government office, that they cannot recognise they are being disrespectful to voters when they resort to “whitabootery”?

Scotland needs to face up to ...

Charles Harris
Vincent Van Gogh: another view entirely

Vincent Van Gogh: another view entirely

Dear Reader,

FOLLOWING the theme of constant misrepresentation of art and history by a fanatic pro-modern art media I thought it maybe helpful to share some light on one of the most misrepresented artists ...

Eben Wilson
Stop the meddling, cut VAT and provide the confidence to grow

Stop the meddling, cut VAT and provide the confidence to grow

FEW POLITICIANS understand the undercurrents of fiscal policy. They react largely to a public clamour about “tax and spend” which interprets fiscal policy choices as levers to produce instantaneous results.

As is ...