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Mike Nevin
Solving the mystery of the Brexit bounce: why the UK economy has confounded its critics

Solving the mystery of the Brexit bounce: why the UK economy has confounded its critics

IN THE run-up to the EU referendum on June 23rd, you could hardly move without hearing prophecies of doom by the Great and Good from the terrible consequences should Britain vote to leave.

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Effie Deans
 Why 2016 was the turning point towards better times

Why 2016 was the turning point towards better times

CERTAIN PEOPLE I know and certain people I read have been describing the past year as something horrible. You only have to go back one hundred years to see how foolish this assessment is. Imagine ...

Ian Duncan MEP
Brexit changes everything! Fisheries management is coming home!

Brexit changes everything! Fisheries management is coming home!

THE ANNUAL bun fight that is the EU Fisheries Council wrapped up in Brussels in the wee small hours last week. On the whole it is a good deal for Scotland, with Prawn fishermen the ...

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 ...