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Jonathan Gillen
Good news, Corbyn is still there!

Good news, Corbyn is still there!

AS A CHILD, to me the most scary enemy of Dr Who was the Cybermen. Hiding behind the sofa was the only way I could face watching this great show but while protecting myself from ...

Murdo Fraser
Scotland’s Bourbon Queen Sees Her Crown Slip

Scotland’s Bourbon Queen Sees Her Crown Slip

THIS TIME last year, Nicola Sturgeon was in no doubt. Within a few short hours of the result of the Brexit referendum having been declared, she was on her feet in Bute House, announcing that ...

Martin Livermore
Wanted! Rational policymaking based on non-partisan evidence

Wanted! Rational policymaking based on non-partisan evidence

GOVERNMENTS are elected for a whole variety of reasons, but a key one is that we hope they will spend taxpayers’ money wisely. Bill Clinton’s famous phrase – “it’s the economy, stupid” – really sums ...

Robert Durward
The need for change will not be satisfied by our political parties

The need for change will not be satisfied by our political parties

AS MORE PEOPLE become turned off by tribal politics, fewer are prepared to vote for establishment parties or even participate in the electoral process. The Conservative Party is in government with only 24 per cent ...

Stuart Crawford
What do the party manifestoes say about Trident?

What do the party manifestoes say about Trident?

OF ALL THE ISSUES that form part of the current General Election debate, few can be as important as the UK’s nuclear deterrent. If you accept that protection of its people is the state’s most ...

Murdo Fraser
Insurgent Tories challenge the SNP establishment

Insurgent Tories challenge the SNP establishment

IF EVER you needed an illustration of the current condition of Scottish politics, it was on view at Perth Concert Hall on Tuesday morning. The SNP high command had gathered for the launch of their manifesto, ...

Jonathan Stanley
The Govan Widow Tax could come to haunt Scotland

The Govan Widow Tax could come to haunt Scotland

After a moment or introspection and assessment of electoral chances by the Conservatives, the concept of a cap on social care costs in England is again backed by the party, and rightly so. It was ...

Tony Trewavas
Why I Yam convinced GM food is safe

Why I Yam convinced GM food is safe

THE SWEET POTATO (commonly called a Yam) is a familiar root vegetable on our supermarket shelves. The swollen root is highly nutritious, low in fat but high in vitamins A, C and fibre. It is ...

Jack Ponton
When will the sun go down on Scottish wind turbines?

When will the sun go down on Scottish wind turbines?

ALEX SALMOND seems to have had an obsession with renewable energy. He set the SNP's 'target' of producing the equivalent of 100% of Scotland's electricity from renewable sources without explaining or justifying the figure. Despite, ...

Roger White
Thoughts on Labour's suspension of its Aberdeen councillors

Thoughts on Labour's suspension of its Aberdeen councillors

IT WON'T TAKE YOU LONG rooting around my blog to discover I have more than a passing interest in the city of Aberdeen (I live there) and in local government (I worked in ...

Jonathan Stanley
It's official! According to the EU, Scots don't think that much of it

It's official! According to the EU, Scots don't think that much of it

MANY NATIONALISTS were hit by the bombshell study back in march by NatCen that showed, surprisingly, that Scotland doesn't want a differentiated deal with the EU post Brexit. That does not mean regional differences cannot ...

Andrew Brown
Finding a real voice that counts for Scotland

Finding a real voice that counts for Scotland

IT’S A LITTLE OVER three weeks to go until polling day when Scotland and the rest of the UK will cast their votes in the General Election. Not only is this election an opportunity to ...