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Jamie Greene
Scotland in the European Union? It's EUR problem Nicola!

Scotland in the European Union? It's EUR problem Nicola!

LAST WEEK to the surprise and despair (including many in her own party) Nicola Sturgeon finally threw down the veil and announced that she would be seeking a second referendum on Scottish independence before the ...

Jonathan Stanley
 Martin McGuinness has passed away. His violence helped no one.

Martin McGuinness has passed away. His violence helped no one.

HEARING NEWS of the former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister leaves many of us with mixed feelings. Much will be made of his transition to peace from paramilitary activity and how much of a contribution ...

Eben Wilson
Scotland must go beyond Europe to become truly global

Scotland must go beyond Europe to become truly global

A REASON often given for another referendum is that we should not become isolated.  We are told that we need the comfort and benefits of the single market and its customs union, need to belong ...

Murdo Fraser
The day Theresa May spoke for Scotland

The day Theresa May spoke for Scotland

IT WAS THE TIMING that surprised the most. Everyone expected Nicola Sturgeon to come out and demand Westminster approval for a second independence referendum, but most did not expect her to move so soon. 

For ...

Liam Kerr
There's no logic to merging British Transport Police with Police Scotland

There's no logic to merging British Transport Police with Police Scotland

SINCE ENTERING Parliament last May, I’ve noticed the frequency with which the Scottish Government sets policy in an evidential vacuum. Nowhere more than in the proposal, introduced by Bill in December 2016 by “invisible” Justice ...

Jamie Greene
Doing the digital day job is not an SNP priority

Doing the digital day job is not an SNP priority

THE SNP IS DISTRACTED. Not in the usual way, bumbling along in a minority government, losing the odd vote here and there in Holyrood. This time it is real distraction. Fever pitched, shrill-filled, freedom-shouting, flag-waving ...

Effie Deans
Really. What is so great about Britain?

Really. What is so great about Britain?

SOMETIME in prehistory a group of people arrived on our island from Europe. They were Celts. We know next to nothing about them or the people who lived here before they arrived. All that is ...

Ross Thomson
The “defining mission” of the SNP is failing

The “defining mission” of the SNP is failing

THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S “defining mission.” That is how Nicola Sturgeon, John Swinney and others have described the SNP policy on reforming education. But on their record, that mission is clearly failing.

At ...

Murdo Fraser
Budget bonus puts the SNP on the spot

Budget bonus puts the SNP on the spot

TO PARAPHRASE Dr Johnson, it is never difficult to distinguish a Nationalist politician with a grievance from a ray of sunshine. And this was proved at this week’s Budget in the House of Commons, when ...

Jamie Greene
Moving from strong opposition to a government in waiting

Moving from strong opposition to a government in waiting

LAST WEEK I had the great pleasure of attending the 2017 Scottish Conservative Conference in Glasgow. The atmosphere at conference differs immensely, dependant on the relative fortunes of the party at the time of the ...

William Ross
The SNP's economic analysis of Brexit, not worth a hill of beans!

The SNP's economic analysis of Brexit, not worth a hill of beans!

IF YOU COULD call a Brexit panic phone-line set up by the SNP Government I am sure the automated response would be the well-trodden words: "SNP will protect us from a Hard Tory Brexit catastrophe costing us ...

ThinkScotland
Theresa May gives a positive case for the Union

Theresa May gives a positive case for the Union

IT IS NOT VERY OFTEN that a senior British politician makes a speech that defends the union by seeking to talk about the positive case, including the shared history, the achievements and benefits, the risks ...