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Andrew Montford
Did the Church of Scotland just dodge a climate change bullet?

Did the Church of Scotland just dodge a climate change bullet?

YESTERDAY, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland debated a motion on the subject of climate change and, more specifically, how quickly to divest themselves of investments in fossil fuels. 

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Martin Livermore
Is environmental damage in the eye of the beholder?

Is environmental damage in the eye of the beholder?

OVER more than a decade the Scientific Alliance has tried to provide a voice of reason on some important matters, often being critical of mainstream environmentalism, but hopefully supported by evidence. When it comes to ...

Liam Kerr
Support Finn’s Law and campaign – sign the petition

Support Finn’s Law and campaign – sign the petition

A LITTLE under two years ago, PC Dave Wardell and his police dog, Finn, were chasing a robbery suspect when he turned and attacked them with a knife. Finn leapt to defend PC Wardell sustaining ...

Tom Gallagher
Paradoxes of Nationalism: The SNP and Scottish exhibitionism

Paradoxes of Nationalism: The SNP and Scottish exhibitionism

ON BROAD and narrow issues it is normal for the Scottish National Party to be evasive and inexact.

On currency, welfare provisions, fracking, defence goals, relations with the European landmass in and ...

Jonathan Stanley
Is it not time for Ireland to come home?

Is it not time for Ireland to come home?

BRITAIN is unique among the great nations of Europe. It has neither fought to forge its borders, nor have its borders been drawn by another power. Shakespeare's Richard the Second put it best,

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Jack Ponton
Is the 'Decarbonisation' of UK cars secure, reliable and affordable?

Is the 'Decarbonisation' of UK cars secure, reliable and affordable?

IN JULY 2017 Michael Gove announced the UK would ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars from 2040. It is odd that the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs should ...

Murdo Fraser
SNP ‘Power-Grab’ hysteria leaves them with few friends

SNP ‘Power-Grab’ hysteria leaves them with few friends

THE WORLD’S most boring constitutional crisis has taken a few new twists in the last couple of weeks. This all relates to the provisions in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, currently being discussed at Westminster, ...

Eben Wilson
A field full of potholes is good for customers

A field full of potholes is good for customers

ONE OF THE SHAM arguments of bad economics and the Brexit debate is the call for “a level playing field”.  Too often this mischievous notion acts against the consumer interest. Those who call for level playing fields often ...

Miles Saltiel
Six impossible things mean we will leave the Customs Union

Six impossible things mean we will leave the Customs Union

IN THEIR FINAL SHOT at derailing Brexit, Remainers are gradually deserting the cause of a new referendum. Instead they are rallying to the campaign to cleave unto the EU Customs Union, facetiously “Brexit In Name ...

Douglas Lowe
For the UK Government “no deal” has never been better than a bad deal – and it’s now paying a price for such weakness

For the UK Government “no deal” has never been better than a bad deal – and it’s now paying a price for such weakness

THE BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS commence again this week and as usual EU actions will be widely influenced by political consideration. The EU’s inception, the Schuman plan (prepared by Monnet), created the European Coal and Steel Community ...

Effie Deans
Catalonia – why we are where we are

Catalonia – why we are where we are

THE ST ANDREWS ACADEMIC, Clara Ponsati, is facing extradition to Spain. The Vice Chancellor of the university has come to her defence, as have many other people in Scotland, on the grounds that Ponsati is being “targeted ...

Eben Wilson
How capitalism works; let’s hail a ride with Jaguar and Waymo

How capitalism works; let’s hail a ride with Jaguar and Waymo

WHEN I FIRST READ that Jaguar has an order for twenty thousand of its new i-Pace cars from Waymo, part of the Google empire, to become self-driving “ride-hailing vehicles”, I was puzzled. But then I ...