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Bill Nicol
Education: It's time for John Swinney to be decisive

Education: It's time for John Swinney to be decisive

ON THE 13 September this year, Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP launched a governance review of education. Launching the review he stated that the guiding principle for the way schools should be run ...

William Ross
No Exit from Brexit: Seven thoughts on a PreBrexit IndyRef2

No Exit from Brexit: Seven thoughts on a PreBrexit IndyRef2

THE LAST TEN DAYS have been quite interesting regarding the prospects of Indy Ref 2. First of all, veteran nationalist (and Leaver) Jim Fairlie was quoted as saying that he would vote "No" if the Indy Ref 2 question presupposed ...

Elizabeth Smith
Can John Swinney stop our education falling into decline?

Can John Swinney stop our education falling into decline?

JOHN SWINNEY must dread getting up in the morning these days. I have some sympathy him as I do not believe that he is personally responsible for the current mess in Scottish education. That charge can be ...

Bill Jamieson
Professor Sir Donald MacKay - an appreciation

Professor Sir Donald MacKay - an appreciation

A CHAMPION of home rule, a stout defender of liberal economics and an unswerving supporter of enterprise and the market economy: Professor Sir Donald Mackay who died last month aged 79, made a unique and ...

Murdo Fraser
Irish homecoming not so sweet for Sturgeon

Irish homecoming not so sweet for Sturgeon

GIVEN THE often troubled history of relationships between Great Britain and Ireland, it is perhaps not surprising that the separatist SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon got a warm reaction when she addressed the Irish Senate this ...

William Ross
Seven SNP Brexit myths

Seven SNP Brexit myths

WELL OVER thirty per cent of nationalist voters supported Brexit in the referendum. On St Andrew’s Day one of them has written for ThinkScotland why the SNP should reconsider its position in opposing Brexit.

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Martyn Greene
Trump's election confirms disenchantment with party political stitch-up

Trump's election confirms disenchantment with party political stitch-up

DONALD TRUMP’S stunning victory is the final proof that it is game over for the political elite.   First Corbyn winning against the odds, then Brexit beating even the bookies’ predictions – and now Trump; ...

Murdo Fraser
 An Autumn Statement delivering for Scotland

An Autumn Statement delivering for Scotland

IT IS ALWAYS easy to tell when good news comes out of Westminster for Scotland, in that it usually generates very little response from the SNP. 

SNP politicians and their followers on social ...

Murdo Fraser
Norway or no way: the SNP’s Brexit shambles

Norway or no way: the SNP’s Brexit shambles

IT SEEMED like a golden opportunity for the SNP. On the morning of June the 24th, the UK had just voted to leave the European Union, but with 62% of Scottish voters backing Remain. It was ...

Murdo Fraser
President Trump: The Triumph of the Morlocks?

President Trump: The Triumph of the Morlocks?

In H.G. Wells’ great science fiction, The Time Machine, written in 1895, the hero, who is  identified only as The Time Traveller, builds a machine which transports him to AD 802,701. There he finds that ...

Jonathan Stanley
It's time to shun the SNP's greetin-faced childishness

It's time to shun the SNP's greetin-faced childishness

TO EVERYONE'S amazement the SNP is threatening not to vote for Article 50 to be declared, to prevent Scotland being "dragged out of the EU" against our will. 62% voted to Remain in Scotland. Bristol ...

Murdo Fraser
Whistle is blown on SNP's hated football Act

Whistle is blown on SNP's hated football Act

OF ALL the legislation put through by the SNP government over the past nine years, none has been as hated as the Offensive Behaviour at Football (OBAF) Act. Introduced to try and address the problem ...