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Frankie Hutcheson
As ignorant armies clash by night

As ignorant armies clash by night

NOW THAT Brexit-Halloween is past, and the “will there/won’t there be an election” suspense has broken, we find ourselves flung into full-on campaign mode. It feels simultaneously familiar and disturbingly new.

What ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
For snobby Nationalists and Greens, the real Scotland is as far away as ever

For snobby Nationalists and Greens, the real Scotland is as far away as ever

LIFTED almost word for word from The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell, it is worth remembering during this season of ill-will just how poorly Scottish Nationalists really understand Scottish people. Despite a great many needs ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
The truth may harm Sturgeon's chances more than unionists could hope for

The truth may harm Sturgeon's chances more than unionists could hope for

AND WE'RE OFF, again, into a snap General Election. It could have come soon enough for many of us who simply want the result of the 2016 referendum respected.  Polls predict the SNP will regain ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
The mask has slipped. There is something dark behind Ruth's second act

The mask has slipped. There is something dark behind Ruth's second act

NARCISSISM is a very interesting beast. For good reason it goes by the moniker of the Papillon Noir, the black butterfly.

While a person can seem sprightly, dainty, vulnerable and colourful – ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
Death of a Saleswoman:  The Tupperware Tory swaps lobby firms

Death of a Saleswoman: The Tupperware Tory swaps lobby firms

TUPPERWARE is one of those things that everyone has in their cupboard. Plastic, translucent, most often empty and the only distinguishing feature tends to be a colourful lid. Otherwise you can put in it whatever ...

Brian Monteith
12 simple reasons Boris, binning the Backstop still isn’t Brexit

12 simple reasons Boris, binning the Backstop still isn’t Brexit

FIRST – The withdrawal Agreement – even without the ‘Backstop’ – will put the UK under the de facto jurisdiction of a group of 27 foreign powers, leaving the UK powerless to veto laws or procedures affecting ...

Alan Sked
Slavery, Scotland and reparations

Slavery, Scotland and reparations

THE NEWS that my old alma mater, the University of Glasgow, is to give £30 million to the University of the West Indies in compensation for the donations made to it in the past by slaveholders ...

Miles Saltiel
What does Boris do next within the rule of law?

What does Boris do next within the rule of law?

THE PRIME MINISTER has told members of his Cabinet (who in turn have told the Commons) that naturally, he is to comply with the law. Let us take it that he is unable to agree ...

Victor Clements
Why we need to change our referendums – and how

Why we need to change our referendums – and how

THERE HAVE BEEN two referendums in Scotland in the last five years; the Scottish Independence referendum in 2014 and the referendum on membership of the European Union in 2016. Both referendums were intended to address ...

Jamie Nugent
Venezuela’s tragedy – Chavista terror follows a familiar pattern of violence for political ends

Venezuela’s tragedy – Chavista terror follows a familiar pattern of violence for political ends

ASIDE FROM BRIBERY, fear and terror are the means by which the Chavista regime keeps itself in power.  As the regime weakens and has fewer resources at its command it is becoming more reliant on ...

Ewen Stewart
Faux outrage – setting the record straight

Faux outrage – setting the record straight

SO THERE WE HAVE IT, Bercow has described it as ‘a constitutional outrage’, Sturgeon has said Johnson is ‘acting like a dictator’ and Anna Soubry MP and leader of something called Change UK, which I ...

Jonathan Stanley
Merkel has given us a potato – the consequences could be disastrous

Merkel has given us a potato – the consequences could be disastrous

I'VE ENJOYED READING Emma's Mummy Diaries here on ThinkScotland.  It had me thinking about our man Boris agreeing with Chancellor Merkel's suggestion that the Irish Backstop is 'ours' to sort out – and that ...