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Joshua Curzon
Venezuela’s tragedy: more than just the lights are going out

Venezuela’s tragedy: more than just the lights are going out

INSIDE CHAVISTA Venezuela it is not just running water that is no longer available, but electricity too.  Inadequate investment and a lack of maintenance has collapsed the electricity grid, plunging much of the country ...

Jonathan Stanley
Phoney Macaroni, the emperor with no clothes

Phoney Macaroni, the emperor with no clothes

THE EMPEROR  wears no clothes, not even a thin yellow jacket to keep him warm, this winter of great discontent. For the centrist President turned out to be just another centraliser. Not for many years have ...

David Coburn
David Coburn MEP – why I have resigned from UKIP

David Coburn MEP – why I have resigned from UKIP

I HAVE DEVOTED my heart and soul to UKIP for 10 years, and stood in countless elections both North and South of the border, before finally being elected as the only Brexit MEP in Scotland. ...

Stuart Crawford
Book review: Why we get the wrong politicians

Book review: Why we get the wrong politicians

ANYONE who has ever expressed even the most remote interest in becoming an elected politician should be forced to read this book, because it will almost certainly put them off attempting to do so. As ...

Hugh Andrew
Let's celebrate both the different and common cultural streams across the UK

Let's celebrate both the different and common cultural streams across the UK

IN THE INDEPENDENCE DEBATE one assumption went almost unchallenged. It was that ‘Scotland’ and ‘England’ were different countries. 

Fundamental to that view is the unspoken belief that Scottish ‘culture’ and that of ...

Joshua Curzon
Venezuela's tragedy: How nationalisation has brought the country to its knees

Venezuela's tragedy: How nationalisation has brought the country to its knees

CEMENT IS A VITAL BUILDING MATERIAL that is largely unavailable in Venezuela due to the collapse of the state-owned cement industry. Venezuela’s massive cement scarcity has resulted in the ruin of the construction industry.

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Murdo Fraser
Why Christians should back scrapping Scotland’s blasphemy law

Why Christians should back scrapping Scotland’s blasphemy law

IT IS NOT OFTEN that I would find common cause with the Humanist Society of Scotland, but in relation to their campaign to have Scotland’s blasphemy law scrapped, that is exactly what is happening.

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Hector Crawford
Universities must confront student mental health not hide it away

Universities must confront student mental health not hide it away

STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH. We need to talk about Student Mental Health. 

Goodness knows, it won't talk about itself. Universities will talk about themselves, that is for sure. They will sell you this ...

Jamie Nugent
Venezuela’s tragedy: state thieving of private property hurts everyone

Venezuela’s tragedy: state thieving of private property hurts everyone

SINCE THE ELECTION of Chavez, and the ‘Bolivarian Revolution’ that continues under Maduro, the Venezuelan private sector has been heavily damaged. Twenty years ago, there were more than 650,000 private companies in Venezuela. Today, there ...

Murdo Fraser
Mike Russell exposes himself as the unprincipled opportunist he is

Mike Russell exposes himself as the unprincipled opportunist he is

IT WAS NOT the best day at the office for Michael Russell. The SNP’s Constitution Secretary has never lacked self-confidence, and must have thought he was in for an easy ride when he appeared in ...

Stuart Crawford
Commonwealth forces recruitment is about making the numbers up

Commonwealth forces recruitment is about making the numbers up

SECRETARY OF STATE for Defence Gavin Williamson recently announced that rules regulating recruiting personnel from Commonwealth countries into the British armed services are to be relaxed. Hitherto, with various exceptions, potential recruits from Commonwealth countries ...

Alan Grant
The wages of sin taxes and shame measures is the death of dignity

The wages of sin taxes and shame measures is the death of dignity

GEORGE ORWELL’S Nineteen Eighty-Four showcases to the reader a plethora of horrifying prospects. His hapless everyman protagonist, Winston Smith, lives in a world in which people are “unpersoned”, hounded by the Thought Police, and ...