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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 ...

Liam Kerr
Time’s Up Cabinet Secretary

Time’s Up Cabinet Secretary

POLICING IN SCOTLAND is going through an extremely contentious period.

Chief Constable Phil Gormley has dominated the news after last week saw the seventh allegation being filed against him. This came two ...

Brian Monteith
 Wrong assumptions lose political campaigns

Wrong assumptions lose political campaigns

ASSUMPTIONS. In politics, as in life itself, if you make the wrong assumptions then you will come a cropper; you will make a mistake, a misjudgement and you will be found out. The best thing ...

Christopher Anderson
Please, no more about the Olympics!

Please, no more about the Olympics!

LONDON WAS the best Olympics ever and we even finished in the top half of the medals table. Clearly, all those athletes from the other Johnny Foreigner countries came to London and were eaten up ...

Martin Livermore
Hype and reality

Hype and reality

IT'S NOT OFTEN that I get an opportunity to quote Private Eye, but here goes. In a column by ‘Old Sparky’ (issue 1462), under the headline ‘Real food for thought’ is a critique of the ...