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Eben Wilson
Aspiring to prejudice – against Scottish commerce

Aspiring to prejudice – against Scottish commerce

FOR SOME YEARS now we have come to recognise that the SNP prefers to announce aspirations rather than engage in practical policy measures. In recent weeks, however, we have at last seen some policy decisions ...

Jonathan Stanley
It's conference season and the big question is

It's conference season and the big question is "Deal or No Deal?"

IT'S THE MOST wonderful time of the political calendar. Party conferences are but once a year. Where politicians air their dirty laundry, where budget plans are washed up, where the under-21s make a discernible case for ...

Jamie Greene
The GP crisis in Scotland - and the Minister that won't show face

The GP crisis in Scotland - and the Minister that won't show face

BACK IN 2016 the British Medical Association called for urgent action to tackle a number of problems in Scotland’s NHS. Instead, investment in GP services has fallen from 9.8  per cent of NHS Scotland’s spending ...

Jonathan Stanley
 Drunk on self-importance, the EU is falling apart

Drunk on self-importance, the EU is falling apart

WELL, WHAT A WEEK that was. Catalonia has brought to a head a fundamental question. When a nation is not sovereign, what right does it have to become so?

Is ...

Jonathan Stanley
Yes, Germany can be proud of its soldiers too

Yes, Germany can be proud of its soldiers too

I WAS DELIGHTED to see Alternativ fuer Deutschland do so well. Over the moon in fact. It brought out three issues about Germany we all love to not discuss.

The ...

Jamie Greene
Scotland's transport Minister on a road to nowhere

Scotland's transport Minister on a road to nowhere

TRANSPORT is one of those quiet but emotive subjects in politics. Nothing much is said when it runs smoothly but all hell breaks loose when it doesn’t.

The opening of the impressive Queensferry ...

Liam Kerr
Crime and punishment? The SNP is the real offender

Crime and punishment? The SNP is the real offender

THERE HAS BEEN a great deal of negative focus recently on the effectiveness of shorter prison sentences – but what if that criticism is misdirected against a failure of prison itself, and instead should be ...

Jonathan Stanley
Porridge to Catalonia! SNP position mirrors Madrid not Barcelona

Porridge to Catalonia! SNP position mirrors Madrid not Barcelona

EFFIE DEANS makes some brilliant contributions to ThinkScotland. She dissects nationalism into those based on people and territory, and those that look outward and inwards.

The UK, France and USA are ...

Stephen Kerr
There is no power grab – except that practised by the SNP

There is no power grab – except that practised by the SNP

THERE HAS BEEN a constant carping from nationalists in the last few weeks that the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill represents a “power grab” – that it shall take powers away from the Scottish Parliament. This ...

Jack Ponton
Electric only cars by 2032? A silly idea just got sillier...

Electric only cars by 2032? A silly idea just got sillier...

THE IDEA that all cars in Britain should be fully electric by 2040, a relatively short space of time for developing a huge and expensive national infrastructure, is so silly and potentially damaging that it ...

Liam Kerr
How to make Scotland unsafe and open to violence

How to make Scotland unsafe and open to violence

THE WAY Nicola Sturgeon talks about criminals sentenced to several months in prison, you’d think every single one of them was merely a victim of circumstance.

The lie constantly pushed by the ...

Eben Wilson
Managerial socialism: just about managing

Managerial socialism: just about managing

EMBEDDED in the life of many politicians is a need to boost their prowess in managing the economy, creating future visions of prosperity and advance.  But to what extent is this simply puffery and vote buying ...