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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 ...

Tony Trewavas
Drop the irrational fear and embrace nuclear power

Drop the irrational fear and embrace nuclear power

IN 2007, Alex Salmond rejected any new nuclear Scottish power stations. Policies based on fear, rather than facts, may feel good, but they increase the overall risk by not educating the public. Successful democracy requires ...

Grant Simpson
Stronger for Scotland – or a chance to rejoin political reality?

Stronger for Scotland – or a chance to rejoin political reality?

NICOLA STURGEON’S many straplines in the coming four weeks will be all about Scotland’s voice being heard at Westminster. She’ll tell us that only with an SNP vote and the largest number of SNP MPs ...

Jill Stephenson
Breaking up is NOT hard to do

Breaking up is NOT hard to do

AFTER THE EU REFERENDUM, Nicola Sturgeon demanded that Scotland be allowed to remain in the EU because the vote in Scotland in favour of doing so was 62:38 – although it was a UK-wide referendum. ...

Effie Deans
Stopping the SNP: How to use STV in the local elections

Stopping the SNP: How to use STV in the local elections

OVER THE YEARS I have had minimal interest in council elections. I simply want whoever runs the council to do their job as cheaply and efficiently as possible. Ideally I would like as little party ...

Roger White
 Just what is an

Just what is an "Ultra Unionist" Mr. Salmond?

A WHILE AGO I was called an ‘ultra Britnat fanatic’ on Twitter. I forget who said it but it was one of the tribe of fruitloops who hover around the fringes of political debate. The ...

Ian Duncan MEP
Go fishing for contradictions – and you will catch the SNP

Go fishing for contradictions – and you will catch the SNP

THE UK FISHING INDUSTRY is challenging candidates in the General Election to pledge their support for the restoration of UK control of UK waters. At the launch of the campaign in the House of Commons, ...

Jonathan Stanley
Why we should sock it to our Scottish sock puppets

Why we should sock it to our Scottish sock puppets

IN SCOTLAND and in France in the 17th Century, government was in the hands of both a monarch and the estates of the realm. The first, second and third estates together ruled the kingdom. The ...

Liam Kerr
To encourage cycling let the train take the strain

To encourage cycling let the train take the strain

IT IS A GREAT PLEASURE to live in the North East. A particular delight is to take my bike on the train to Montrose then cycle back over Cairn o’ Mount, stopping for sustenance first ...

William Ross
'Europe's last chance' – and why we chose wisely

'Europe's last chance' – and why we chose wisely

IF YOU FORGIVE the absolutely appalling pun, Guy Verhofstadt, (pictured) former PM of Belgium, head of the Europe-wide Liberal Party (acronym ALDI) and chief Brexit negotiator for the EU Parliament, is quite a guy. Amid the ...