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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 ...

Murdo Fraser
The Sturgeon slowdown could be turning into the Sturgeon slump

The Sturgeon slowdown could be turning into the Sturgeon slump

ALL THE EXCITEMENT this week surrounding the announcement of a General Election rather overshadowed proceedings at Holyrood. Nevertheless, the Scottish Conservatives used our debating time to highlight our concerns about the Scottish economy, and in particular ...

Jonathan Stanley
A snap election? Triangulation will save Brexit and strengthen the union

A snap election? Triangulation will save Brexit and strengthen the union

WELL I WASN'T EXPECTING THAT. Which is odd because every ingredient is there but I took the PM at her word that, "now is not the time." Ah well, maybe I'm confusing that with her shutting ...

Jonathan Stanley
A new rail line to England borders on the absurd

A new rail line to England borders on the absurd

I REMEMBER my first model airplane and also my last. It was the same one. The Boeing 747 didn't turn out so well, even with dad's help. It was just not in our blood to ...

Effie Deans
While Indyref2 is in the long grass we should continue pushing the positive case for the Union

While Indyref2 is in the long grass we should continue pushing the positive case for the Union

A SHORT TIME AGO it looked as if there would be an indyref2 within a year or so. I could feel the tension building within myself; I could sense it coming from others. If there ...

Liam Kerr
Without competition our ferry services will be sunk

Without competition our ferry services will be sunk

THE SNP GOVERNMENT wants to nationalise Scotland’s ferry routes. Advice received from the European Commission stated that, in certain circumstances, public ferry services, will not have to be put out to competitive tender and could automatically ...

Allan Smith
The SNP: How to lose voters and offend people

The SNP: How to lose voters and offend people

A CRITICISM many of my SNP colleagues have fired my way during this local election campaign is that in our election literature and in our message, The Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party has been, well; ...

Effie Deans
Scotland is not a colony – and the UK is not an Empire

Scotland is not a colony – and the UK is not an Empire

ALEX SALMOND wishes to inform us that “the days of the British Empire are over, and the days of British prime ministers denying self-determination to the Scottish people are over as well.” 

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Jamie Greene
Teflon coating wearing thin on non-stick Nicola

Teflon coating wearing thin on non-stick Nicola

IT WAS a bad week for the SNP last week. What should have been a period of grandstanding and tub-thumping glory, after many years of carefully steering the agenda back to the notion of independence, ...

Vivian Linacre
Bringing democracy back to local government

Bringing democracy back to local government

THERE IS a pressing need to abolish the current funding structure of local government.  In particular more democratic control is needed over the spending rather than over the raising of taxes.

The dismantling and clearing out ...