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Stuart Crawford
Private schools are Scotland’s ‘hidden export’

Private schools are Scotland’s ‘hidden export’

THE BARCLAY REPORT into non-domestic rates has recommended that private schools should be brought fully into the business rates system. Hitherto exempt because of their charitable status, the proposed change means that the independent sector ...

Stuart Crawford
An independent Scotland might have to thole Trident on the Clyde

An independent Scotland might have to thole Trident on the Clyde

THE RECENT shenanigans between the US and North Korea and concomitant missile rattling has brought the threat of nuclear war to public attention once more. Unlikely as it is that the rhetoric will lead to ...

Jonathan Stanley
Reasons to be Cheerful Part 3: After Brexit science shall still flourish

Reasons to be Cheerful Part 3: After Brexit science shall still flourish

LEAVING the European Union creates huge challenges and opportunities for the UK. What is clear is that the biggest challenge for science is to maintain cooperation with other EU countries. Partnerships both professional and personal ...

Miles Saltiel
Will dog days give way to dog fights in the Tory party?

Will dog days give way to dog fights in the Tory party?

WHILE under-secretaries reach for long drinks under blistering skies, their betters hike the shores of Lake Garda. Over these dog days, information reaches us slowly and indirectly, if at all. Any sensible blogger has knocked ...

Tony Trewavas
The real costs of wind energy defeat the case for having it

The real costs of wind energy defeat the case for having it

THERE ARE COSTS and benefits to everything in life. The costs of wind energy are high and the benefits few.

Every country needs a cheap, reliable supply of electricity and wind energy ...

Liam Kerr
Why life should mean life

Why life should mean life

LIFE should mean life. Except it doesn’t. Not in Scotland.

Here, our judges do not have the tool of a whole-life order at their disposal; judges cannot ensure Scotland's worst criminals will ...

Esmond Birnie
Irish demographics do not lead inevitably to Irish unity

Irish demographics do not lead inevitably to Irish unity

THE HISTORY of the twentieth century dictatorships, whether of the extreme left or extreme right, proves that when anyone claims something is historically ‘inevitable’ we should be extremely cautious.

Irish economist David McWilliams ...

Jonathan Stanley
Unionism can rebuild the West

Unionism can rebuild the West

LANCE HAHN, the late singer-songwriter of the anarcho post-pop punk band J Church (pictured) is an undiscovered gem of social conservatives. As conservatism becomes the new radicalism it ought not to be surprising that such sentiments bubble up ...

Alexander Fiuza
The great European Parliament Interrail bribe

The great European Parliament Interrail bribe

THE EUROPEAN UNION is well known for its willingness to spend billions of pounds on its propaganda. It gives handouts to loyal Non-Governmental Organisations, sets up wasteful promotional projects, and spends huge amounts on propaganda ...

Jonathan Stanley
Why Greening's gusto for changing gender without medical opinion?

Why Greening's gusto for changing gender without medical opinion?

ORWELL foresaw a great many things but the wilful abuse of language to corrupt the free thinking of individuals is one that haunts Western society ever more.

Socialism is the hatred of ...

Jonathan Stanley
When did lying become UK Government policy?

When did lying become UK Government policy?

POLITICIANS tend not to be the most trusted people in public life. They lie, they cheat, they steal, they do all manner of awful things both before and after subsidised meals and booze and then ...

Miles Saltiel
Brexit negotiation paradoxes – and what they point to

Brexit negotiation paradoxes – and what they point to

AS DAVID DAVIS approaches his second meeting with Michel Barnier it is fair to say that Brussels has played something of a blinder. It has fastened the principle of extraterritorial powers to the emotional topic ...