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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 ...

Jonathan Stanley
Where will Tory party drift take us?

Where will Tory party drift take us?

ONE YEAR TO GO until we leave the EU. No doubt this weekend the main coverage is that of the Good Friday Agreement being 20 years old. So much the better there is such an ...

Elizabeth Smith
Cricket will survive its crisis and emerge stronger as a result

Cricket will survive its crisis and emerge stronger as a result

IT HAS NOT been a good week to be an Australian. And it has certainly not been a good week to be a cricketer, whatever level you play the game. What happened in the third ...

Jonathan Stanley
Health Warning: NHS Lothian may be playing a waiting game

Health Warning: NHS Lothian may be playing a waiting game

I AM NOT a fan of NHS targets. They create adverse events through perverse incentives. I am opening up a Freedom of Information request made to NHS Lothian for scrutiny. NHS Lothian has previously played ...

Murdo Fraser
Ya beauty! The hated OBAF Act is finally binned

Ya beauty! The hated OBAF Act is finally binned

IT WAS, according to Labour’s James Kelly, “the worst legislation in the history of the Scottish Parliament”. Moving his motion at Holyrood on Thursday for repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications ...

Miles Saltiel
 There's a rumble goin' on...

There's a rumble goin' on...

WE’RE HEADED for a rumpus.  After months of monitoring the Brexit negotiations I’m betting on a stagey bust-up between the two sides. This would forestall the revocation sought by diehard Remainers, though their ploy can’t ...

Jonathan Stanley
The disinterest of Brexiteers over Britain’s future is surreal

The disinterest of Brexiteers over Britain’s future is surreal

I'M FEELING a chill under my collar of late and am becoming very uneasy about the state of the Conservative Party. It's worrying how little positivity has come from Brexiteers of late. They seem to ...

Elizabeth Smith
Without university expansion widening access must disadvantage some

Without university expansion widening access must disadvantage some

A FEW WEEKS AGO I had the privilege of being the guest speaker at a higher education event in Stirling University which was attended, amongst others, by the secretaries of our nineteen higher education institutions. ...

Stuart Crawford
Time for a Department for Veterans Affairs in Scotland

Time for a Department for Veterans Affairs in Scotland

TWO RECENT EVENTS prompted me to delve into the lives of ex-service men and women – or veterans as we now seem to know them – living in Scotland. The first was the awful and ...