Today’s Thinking

Stuart Crawford
The time is overdue for cyclists to face their responsibilities

The time is overdue for cyclists to face their responsibilities

I HAVE TO BE totally honest from the very start; I’m not a great fan of cyclists. Not that I haven’t cycled myself in the past, mind, but I found it much easier to give ...

Murdo Fraser
Another blow for Sturgeon as Scots reject SNP Brexit stance

Another blow for Sturgeon as Scots reject SNP Brexit stance

PROFESSOR JOHN CURTICE must be the closest thing that Scotland has to a national treasure. The recent rash of elections and referendums has made him a fixture on our television screens, presenting polling research and ...

Jill Stephenson
Referenda: Democracy in action or dictator’s device?

Referenda: Democracy in action or dictator’s device?

GIVING EVERYONE a say in policy matters through the medium of a referendum is the ultimate in democracy, isn’t it? Well, no, it isn’t. The referendum appears to be thoroughly democratic because everyone’s voice counts ...

Liam Kerr
It's time for police governance to be revisited

It's time for police governance to be revisited

THE POLICE and Fire Reform Act 2012 that created Police Scotland built a structure involving a single Police Force, overseen by the Scottish Police Authority (“SPA”), which would link the police to Government.

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Jonathan Stanley
How we are being betrayed

How we are being betrayed

To move the following Clause—

“Parliamentary approval for the outcome of negotiations with the European Union No exit day may be appointed under this Act until the terms of the United Kingdom’s ...

Eben Wilson
It's time to back off and demand free trade

It's time to back off and demand free trade

MRS MAY’S last minute efforts to get away from the EU imposed deadline on Stage One negotiations for Brexit may have been clever politics, but it was also unprincipled political expediency.  Everyone can see that ...

Jonathan Stanley
May’s Dien Bien EU saw her fly in, shot down and bombed out

May’s Dien Bien EU saw her fly in, shot down and bombed out

THERE ARE EVENTS that are pivotal in a nation’s history. They define us for better or worse. The Suez crisis saw the end of the Empire. Yorktown saw the establishment of the United States. The ...

Murdo Fraser
Queensferry Crossing is a bridge too far for the SNP spin machine

Queensferry Crossing is a bridge too far for the SNP spin machine

IT WAS all so different back at the beginning of September. On the day of the opening of the new Queensferry Crossing, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: The Queensferry Crossing is a symbol of a ...

Jonathan Stanley
The carnage is our culture, let the vultures devour the carcass

The carnage is our culture, let the vultures devour the carcass

WHEN MICHAEL GOVE was Education Secretary he found he had to take on the "Blob" of the establishment. The very educated establishment it appeared. So too conservatives have had to bite hard against established privilege in ...

Murdo Fraser
Hammond’s Budget shows Scots Tory influence

Hammond’s Budget shows Scots Tory influence

IF THERE WERE ever any doubts as to the value of having 13 new Scottish Conservative MPs at Westminster, then the detail of Philip Hammond’s Budget this week made it clear. A whole raft of ...

Jonathan Stanley
Why are we funding enemies of our country?

Why are we funding enemies of our country?

FEW PEOPLE in European politics are as absurd as Leo Vadakar. The current Taoiseach has been very busy overplaying a weak hand badly.

I can't remember any Dublin politician being ...

Liam Kerr
How our criminal justice system is failing victims and their families

How our criminal justice system is failing victims and their families

AS IT STANDS, those who suffer the most from crime find themselves side-lined in favour of a process that cares more about helping offenders than the rights or needs of victims.

According ...