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Joshua Curzon
Venezuela’s tragedy: the environmental disaster NGOs don't want to talk about

Venezuela’s tragedy: the environmental disaster NGOs don't want to talk about

VENEZUELA is one of earth’s 18 megadiverse countries, home to many rare and unique species. It’s little known, but in 2016 Nicolás Maduro began to threaten that by designating around 112,000 square kilometres of pristine ...

Tom Miers
How Can the Scots Tories capitalise on their success and win power at Holyrood?

How Can the Scots Tories capitalise on their success and win power at Holyrood?

As the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party considers its policy options, Tom Miers concludes his three-part look at what might be possible and suggests Walter Scott can provide inspiration.

Murdo Fraser
New BBC Scotland channel has potential, but needs more viewers

New BBC Scotland channel has potential, but needs more viewers

WHEN THE NEW BBC Scotland digital TV channel was first proposed, it faced criticism in different quarters. Some hard-line unionists were suspicious that the new channel would become an outlet for Scottish Government propaganda, having ...

Joshua Curzon
Venezuela Campaign: Aid helps, but fundamental reform is needed

Venezuela Campaign: Aid helps, but fundamental reform is needed

WHILE MOST of the West sits around paralysed, debating whether to give any credence to Maduro’s claims that Venezuela does not need aid, people are dying. In Caracas’ only functioning children’s hospital, children are dying ...

Jonathan Stanley
Parking Tax protests? There's little mileage in them!

Parking Tax protests? There's little mileage in them!

JUST PERFECT. This is a turf war between two cartels. One makes money when you drive, the other when you don't. Doing both angers most and most people in Scotland struggle to see what is ...

Calum Miller
Nicola will keep the red flag flying here

Nicola will keep the red flag flying here

IT WAS A DULL DAY in November 2016 when Nicola Sturgeon opened the office of the Chinese State Development & Investment Corporation (SDIC) in Edinburgh. As she welcomed SDIC subsidiary Red Rock Power to Scotland the German vice chancellor was ...

Aaron Brown
Flagship registration must be controlled if British fishing communities are to benefit from Brexit

Flagship registration must be controlled if British fishing communities are to benefit from Brexit

AWAY FROM all the distraction of what a number of anti-Brexit MPs are doing there has been some good news that the media has failed to cover. The government has fulfilled a ministerial pledge that ...

Tom Miers
How can the Scots Tories capitalise on their success and win power at Holyrood?

How can the Scots Tories capitalise on their success and win power at Holyrood?

As the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party considers its policy options, Tom Miers continues his three-part look at what might be possible and suggests a European ‘Christian Democrat’ approach to public service reform.

Elizabeth Smith
Closure of Newlands College damns SNP education policy

Closure of Newlands College damns SNP education policy

THE RECENT CLOSURE of Newlands Junior College on the south side of Glasgow is not only very disheartening but also sends out a strong message about what is wrong with the current education system in ...

Aaron Brown
It’s not just the backstop: Fishing should not be in the Withdrawal Agreement

It’s not just the backstop: Fishing should not be in the Withdrawal Agreement

THE ABHORRENCE over the backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement misses the point that much of what’s left of Britain’s fishing industry won’t survive the proposed “transition” or “implementation” period it is designed to establish. Fishing ...

Rodger Sivewright
True lives: Happy Valentines, circumcised or not

True lives: Happy Valentines, circumcised or not

Especially for St Valentine's Day we bring you this true  and touching story – it is an adult  theme and may not be for those of a delicate or sensitive disposition. Enjoy, if you can...

Tom Miers
How can Scots Tories capitalise on their success and win power at Holyrood?

How can Scots Tories capitalise on their success and win power at Holyrood?

AS THE PARTY considers its policy options well before the 2021 elections, in the first of three articles Tom Miers considers some ideas that would make a winning agenda for Scottish Conservatives.

Strategy, ...