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Jonathan Stanley
May’s Dien Bien EU saw her fly in, shot down and bombed out

May’s Dien Bien EU saw her fly in, shot down and bombed out

THERE ARE EVENTS that are pivotal in a nation’s history. They define us for better or worse. The Suez crisis saw the end of the Empire. Yorktown saw the establishment of the United States. The ...

Murdo Fraser
Time to clamp down on parking cowboys

Time to clamp down on parking cowboys

I AM SURE that there are few of us who have not had the experience of being hit with a parking ticket. Usually, we accept that it is our own fault. We overstayed our welcome ...

Christopher Anderson
What's in a name?

What's in a name?

WHILE OUT shopping with my wife at our local supermarket the other day, I abandoned her among the baked beans and sidled quietly off to the whisky display, to find out what was on offer. I ...

Martin Livermore
 Economic development is the solution to pollution, not the cause of it

Economic development is the solution to pollution, not the cause of it

THE HUMAN CAPACITY for self-criticism is something of a double-edged sword. On one hand, we can recognise that we have caused harm and do something about it, but on the other hand this tendency can ...

Murdo Fraser
Queensferry Crossing is a bridge too far for the SNP spin machine

Queensferry Crossing is a bridge too far for the SNP spin machine

IT WAS all so different back at the beginning of September. On the day of the opening of the new Queensferry Crossing, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: The Queensferry Crossing is a symbol of a ...

Liam Kerr
The Justice Secretary may duck and dive but the buck stops with him

The Justice Secretary may duck and dive but the buck stops with him

LAST WEEK’S NEWS was dominated by allegations that have been made against senior Police Scotland officers, leading to a number of suspensions. I was asked by various outlets to comment on this but declined to ...

Jackie Anderson
How to Marzipan your Christmas Cake

How to Marzipan your Christmas Cake

THE MARZIPAN

So, your cake has been stored and fed with brandy over the last few weeks (see my previous recipe here). Now it's time to marzipan your cake. (If you ...

Miles Saltiel
Forms of words – that’s all it really is

Forms of words – that’s all it really is

SO HERE WE ARE, with a breakthrough slightly over half way through the eight weeks which we called as the most testing period of Brexit negotiations. Can’t we agree that we’re seeing as much hyperbole ...

Jonathan Stanley
The carnage is our culture, let the vultures devour the carcass

The carnage is our culture, let the vultures devour the carcass

WHEN MICHAEL GOVE was Education Secretary he found he had to take on the "Blob" of the establishment. The very educated establishment it appeared. So too conservatives have had to bite hard against established privilege in ...

Colin McFarlane
The Lobbying Act – a threat to democracy or win for openness and transparency?

The Lobbying Act – a threat to democracy or win for openness and transparency?

THE LOBBYING ACT – three words guaranteed to raise anxiety levels among the myriad organisations that regularly engage with the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government.

This Act, which largely slipped through ...

Jackie Anderson
Saint or sinner?

Saint or sinner?

LAUNCHING just in time for Christmas comes a new hangover cure called ‘YourSaint’, and at £35 pounds a bottle it’s no cheap cure. It comes in bottle or shot form and if taken ...

Martin Livermore
Forecasting versus reality: we should never forget a forecast is not a fact

Forecasting versus reality: we should never forget a forecast is not a fact

AS THEY SAY, forecasting is very difficult, particularly about the future. Hackneyed as this may be, it nicely encapsulates the need to take what anyone – however expert – says about the future with a ...