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Jonathan Stanley
Should we not be re-assessing who we defend and why?

Should we not be re-assessing who we defend and why?

THERE HAS BEEN considerable mission creep in NATO since the end of the Cold War. It has enlarged far beyond its original borders. It has taken on roles across Asia and is effectively now the ...

Daniel Salt
So, why do I feel we should leave the EU?

So, why do I feel we should leave the EU?

MY VIEW OF THE EU and the UK’s place in it has been in flux for some time but it has taken the last two years post the vote to evolve to where it is ...

Brian Monteith
The McNanny State: Scottish exceptionalism - and why Holyrood was born to be a bully

The McNanny State: Scottish exceptionalism - and why Holyrood was born to be a bully

THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT was born to be different. Of course it was always intended to bring a greater degree of scrutiny and accountability to the elected ministers of the parliament’s new executive, who replaced ministers ...

William Ross
A note to my son about our Brexit betrayal and what it means

A note to my son about our Brexit betrayal and what it means

LAST WEDNESDAY night, just before the big game in Moscow with Croatia kicked off, my son (also a William) called me from Sao Luis, Brazil. This is on the verge of the great rainforest. The ...

Jonathan Stanley
May is hell bent on terminating Brexit, we must terminate her premiership instead

May is hell bent on terminating Brexit, we must terminate her premiership instead

LISTEN, and understand. That Terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until we ...

Jonathan Stanley
Boris – for He is an Englishman, for better or worse

Boris – for He is an Englishman, for better or worse

BORIS Alexander de Pfefel Johnson, has done it. He's finally resigned. It is a shame that Downing Street and Northumberland Avenue issued statements on this before he did, but the usual manners seem to be ...

Ewen Stewart
We did not vote for this

We did not vote for this

MUCH HAS BEEN written over the last few days of the Cabinet’s agreement on its negotiating position with the EU. Having reflected on it, over the weekend, I am not surprised.

It clearly is a ...

Paul Spare
Battering the battery option

Battering the battery option

RENEWABLE POWER, particularly wind turbines, offer a very unreliable and unpredictable means of generating electricity.  Their output can vary over a range of 100 over two days ie from 5000 MW down to 50 MW.  The idea ...

Jonathan Stanley
The NHS needs radical reform – this is how I'd start

The NHS needs radical reform – this is how I'd start

FOR TOO LONG the NHS has been treated as an institution instead of a service. The reason politicians do this is because by definition institutions are owned by the establishment ...

Eben Wilson
How to change Scotland's small towns – avoid big government

How to change Scotland's small towns – avoid big government

SOME YEARS AGO I was asked at a meeting of local councillors how we could revive Scotland’s small towns. At the time, I had to admit that I did not know, but for some time ...

Tom Gallagher
Never mind the facts, feel the faux indignation

Never mind the facts, feel the faux indignation

IN A SHORT but devastatingly effective speech in the House of Commons on Monday the MP for Moray, Douglas Ross, expertly dispelled the torrent of lies that has spewed forth from the volcanic crater of ...

Jonathan Stanley
Ian Blackford rode a pantomime horse to battle

Ian Blackford rode a pantomime horse to battle

THE SNP can always be relied upon to resort to grudge-laden media stunts when things don't go its way. Its politicians’ lack of respect for democracy and accountability at Holyrood rode south to London yesterday.

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