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Linda Holt
Johnson might yet prove to be Davidson's greatest asset

Johnson might yet prove to be Davidson's greatest asset

WE LIVE IN AN ERA of celebrity politics, 24-hour media, and the relentless flow of comment on social media, where everyone can be a reporter and a pundit, treating the famous as if they were ...

Ewen Stewart
Smear, innuendo and speaking to the gallery

Smear, innuendo and speaking to the gallery

IN THE SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY let’s just say the last three years have been one of partial truth. We all now know what May’s ‘Brexit means Brexit’ really meant and we all now know what ...

Jonathan Stanley
Identity politicians are jumping sharks – so now's the time for ideals to resurface

Identity politicians are jumping sharks – so now's the time for ideals to resurface

SOMETHING HAPPENED this week which shows just what a maelstrom Scottish identity politics finds itself in. Unionism announced it had run out of ideas. This is serious.

We saw yet another pivot-shift ...

Jonathan Stanley
Peterborough was a watershed everyone can learn from

Peterborough was a watershed everyone can learn from

PETERBOROUGH was a watershed by-election. First-off it returned Labour's first out of the closet anti-Semite MP this century and that alone makes for grim reading.

Something else happened though, and it's very ...

Jamie Nugent
Venezuela’s tragedy: the Cuban invasion keeps the regime alive

Venezuela’s tragedy: the Cuban invasion keeps the regime alive

RECENT EVENTS in Venezuela have demonstrated just how difficult it is to remove an established totalitarian regime.  Despite poverty levels of over 90 per cent, widespread hunger and malnutrition, absence of electricity and water supply, ...

James Bundy
Despite the SNP bluster the EU Election proves Nicola Sturgeon’s rhetoric isn’t working

Despite the SNP bluster the EU Election proves Nicola Sturgeon’s rhetoric isn’t working

AT FIRST GLANCE, the EU election results in Scotland look great for the SNP. They managed to gain one more seat – bringing a total tally of three out of six – as well as ...

Linda Holt
Simply having more democracy does not make it better

Simply having more democracy does not make it better

LAST THURSDAY during a sunny walkabout inspecting our potholed infrastructure in Crail, my fellow East Neuk councillor, whom I work well with, asked me about the EU elections. He wore a pained expression and said ...

Jim Ferguson
The case for true independence requires Scotland must vote for Brexit

The case for true independence requires Scotland must vote for Brexit

I TOOK PART in the recent BBC European Parliament election debate. As we entered the studio set, like gladiators walking into an arena, I noticed those around me were strangely quiet, apprehensive one might say. ...

Jonathan Stanley
Scottish Tory policy is like holding an empty sack

Scottish Tory policy is like holding an empty sack

FEW CAN ADMIT to having escaped some of the myth and hysteria (can we still use that word?) about Game of Thrones. It is for many in politics the new House of Cardsand the parallels between it ...

Paul Spare
Thunberg is naïve: renewables alone is an Illusion

Thunberg is naïve: renewables alone is an Illusion

THE VISIT of Greta Thunberg to the UK and the other climate protests have been well publicised, but the muddled thinking and inconsistency amongst global warming campaigners will inevitably result in little tangible progress in ...

Frankie Hutcheson
Scottish Tories must confront their woolly mammoths

Scottish Tories must confront their woolly mammoths

THERE IS NOT just an elephant in the room, but the biggest woolly mammoth imaginable. 

We’re facing the biggest political crisis of my lifetime. Not just in terms of our relationship with ...

Joshua Curzon
Venezuela’s tragedy: How Chavez destroyed accountability

Venezuela’s tragedy: How Chavez destroyed accountability

IT IS A COMMON FEATURE of totalitarian regimes that their leaders face no accountability. In order to exercise total control over a state, totalitarian regimes systematically erode financial, judicial, and political systems designed to check ...