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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 ...

Stuart Crawford
Private schools are Scotland’s ‘hidden export’

Private schools are Scotland’s ‘hidden export’

THE BARCLAY REPORT into non-domestic rates has recommended that private schools should be brought fully into the business rates system. Hitherto exempt because of their charitable status, the proposed change means that the independent sector ...

Stuart Crawford
An independent Scotland might have to thole Trident on the Clyde

An independent Scotland might have to thole Trident on the Clyde

THE RECENT shenanigans between the US and North Korea and concomitant missile rattling has brought the threat of nuclear war to public attention once more. Unlikely as it is that the rhetoric will lead to ...

Jonathan Stanley
Reasons to be Cheerful Part 3: After Brexit science shall still flourish

Reasons to be Cheerful Part 3: After Brexit science shall still flourish

LEAVING the European Union creates huge challenges and opportunities for the UK. What is clear is that the biggest challenge for science is to maintain cooperation with other EU countries. Partnerships both professional and personal ...

Miles Saltiel
Will dog days give way to dog fights in the Tory party?

Will dog days give way to dog fights in the Tory party?

WHILE under-secretaries reach for long drinks under blistering skies, their betters hike the shores of Lake Garda. Over these dog days, information reaches us slowly and indirectly, if at all. Any sensible blogger has knocked ...

Tony Trewavas
The real costs of wind energy defeat the case for having it

The real costs of wind energy defeat the case for having it

THERE ARE COSTS and benefits to everything in life. The costs of wind energy are high and the benefits few.

Every country needs a cheap, reliable supply of electricity and wind energy ...

Liam Kerr
Why life should mean life

Why life should mean life

LIFE should mean life. Except it doesn’t. Not in Scotland.

Here, our judges do not have the tool of a whole-life order at their disposal; judges cannot ensure Scotland's worst criminals will ...

Esmond Birnie
Irish demographics do not lead inevitably to Irish unity

Irish demographics do not lead inevitably to Irish unity

THE HISTORY of the twentieth century dictatorships, whether of the extreme left or extreme right, proves that when anyone claims something is historically ‘inevitable’ we should be extremely cautious.

Irish economist David McWilliams ...

Jonathan Stanley
Unionism can rebuild the West

Unionism can rebuild the West

LANCE HAHN, the late singer-songwriter of the anarcho post-pop punk band J Church (pictured) is an undiscovered gem of social conservatives. As conservatism becomes the new radicalism it ought not to be surprising that such sentiments bubble up ...