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Ivor Tiefenbrun
We should ALL be working for a clean Brexit, not doing the EU's work for it

We should ALL be working for a clean Brexit, not doing the EU's work for it

I HAD an article published in The Herald just before the EU Referendum vote. You can read it here, I think it remains valid, but I did not imagine the result would not be ...

Paul Spare
Why advancing disaster in electricity supply goes unrecognised

Why advancing disaster in electricity supply goes unrecognised

WE ARE SOMETIMES told by our elders and betters that history repeats itself, but that later generations still fail to learn the lessons.  Perhaps so, but events never repeat with every detail unchanged.  Two episodes ...

Murdo Fraser
Was Morrissey wrong about Sturgeon's hand being in our pockets?

Was Morrissey wrong about Sturgeon's hand being in our pockets?

I AM no particular fan of the singer Morrissey, late of The Smiths, in relation to either his music or his politics. But, just occasionally, he gets it right.

Last weekend Morrissey ...

Alan Sked
Why we desperately need a new government

Why we desperately need a new government

GLOBAL HISTORIANS USE the expression ‘European Miracle’ to describe how Europe from around the eleventh century expanded exponentially in terms of economic growth and intellectual, technical, commercial and philosophical innovation till it could overtake (indeed ...

Brian Monteith
The SNP must drop ‘Whitabootery’ and face its responsibilities

The SNP must drop ‘Whitabootery’ and face its responsibilities

WHAT IS IT about politicians, and especially politicians holding government office, that they cannot recognise they are being disrespectful to voters when they resort to “whitabootery”?

Scotland needs to face up to ...

Brian Monteith
 Wrong assumptions lose political campaigns

Wrong assumptions lose political campaigns

ASSUMPTIONS. In politics, as in life itself, if you make the wrong assumptions then you will come a cropper; you will make a mistake, a misjudgement and you will be found out. The best thing ...

Jonathan Stanley
Outside the Customs Union the Brexit Diet will be the healthiest yet

Outside the Customs Union the Brexit Diet will be the healthiest yet

IMAGINE IF there was just one decision you could take that would make you healthier. Just one moment on one day that would change everything.

Imagine a country where the incidence of ...

Murdo Fraser
The ‘Pay More, Get Less’ Budget

The ‘Pay More, Get Less’ Budget

THE CHOREOGRAPHY was worthy of The Greatest Showman, P.T. Barnum. Just two hours before Derek Mackay was due to stand up in the Scottish Parliament Chamber to present the Budget Bill at Stage 1, it ...

Jill Stephenson
Put Out More Flags

Put Out More Flags

FlAGS HAVE long been emotive emblems. From 1789 and throughout the nineteenth century, the warring sides in France were recognisable by their respective flags, the fleur-de-lys for conservative, clerical monarchists and the blue-white-red tricolour for ...

Jonathan Stanley
Losing the news on the flag saga was a loss for unionism's credibility

Losing the news on the flag saga was a loss for unionism's credibility

SOMETIMES THE MEDIA gives us beautiful souls in the form of characters who mysteriously shape the news. The Thick of It, House of Cards gave us Malcolm Tucker and Francis Uruquart. Ruthless, devious, fine tuners ...

Stuart Crawford
The tragic tale of “Tankie Dan”

The tragic tale of “Tankie Dan”

MANY FOLK will have been as shocked and saddened as I was to learn of the death of ex-soldier Darren “Dan” Greenfield in Edinburgh just before Christmas.

Dan (as he called himself) ...

Jonathan Stanley
Advocating change in the NHS is tricky surgery

Advocating change in the NHS is tricky surgery

THREE THINGS are sure in life: death, taxes – and fury at taxes that delay death. No one likes paying tax and no one likes the idea of paying for their healthcare. Such is Britain. ...