Today’s Thinking

Jill Stephenson
The Citizens’ Assembly and its questionable function

The Citizens’ Assembly and its questionable function

DENIED IN 2014 their sole and obsessive aim of separating Scotland from the rest of the UK, the SNP leadership has since come up with a variety of wheezes, ostensibly to gauge popular opinion on ...

Elizabeth Smith
Damaging discrimination at the core of SNP medical student policy

Damaging discrimination at the core of SNP medical student policy

ON MONDAY, at the start of the first week of the Holyrood recess when the Scottish Government hoped no-one would be looking, we learnt that medical students who come from the rest of the UK ...

Jonathan Stanley
Istanbul: Did the 54 per cent know what they were voting for?

Istanbul: Did the 54 per cent know what they were voting for?

WHEN INCONVENIENT FACTS become visible nationalists suddenly fall silent…

Bute House has so far, surprisingly, been very quiet over one of the the largest elections in Europe this year. Maybe the fact ...

Joshua Curzon
Venezuela's tragedy: spreading terrorism?

Venezuela's tragedy: spreading terrorism?

EARLIER THIS YEAR the ELN (National Liberation Army of Colombia), a far-left Colombian terrorist group, killed 29 innocent people and wounded 68 more in a vehicle bomb suicide attack on the Police ...

James Bundy
President Trump’s State visit was a personal success

President Trump’s State visit was a personal success

THE VISIT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP to the United Kingdom was always going to be entertaining for some and controversial for others. Before he was even in the United Kingdom, the President got involved in domestic ...

James Bundy
Scotland and the Union should be at the centre of the Conservative Party leadership contest

Scotland and the Union should be at the centre of the Conservative Party leadership contest

IT IS NO SURPRISE that our departure from the European Union has dominated the discussion surrounding who becomes the next leader of the Conservative Party. It is the biggest political issue of our time and ...

Brian Monteith
Scottish Conservatives face humiliation because they never courted Leave voters

Scottish Conservatives face humiliation because they never courted Leave voters

IF THE RUNES are right Ruth Davidson’s version of how a modern Conservative Party should look is about to suffer an embarrassing humiliation at the hands of the Scottish electorate in this week’s European elections.

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Jamie Nugent
Venezuela's tragedy: Chavez and Maduro screw the workers

Venezuela's tragedy: Chavez and Maduro screw the workers

THE CONTEMPT of Chavez and his followers for the organised working class can be seen clearly in the fate of Ciudad Guyana, Venezuela’s industrial heartland.  A hub of giant steel mills, coal and bauxite mines, ...

Murdo Fraser
The “return to sender” government

The “return to sender” government

IT IS SOMETHING of an article of faith for the current SNP Government that it continually demands more powers to be transferred to Holyrood from Westminster. Whatever the issue, the economy, the public services, or ...

Tom Gallagher
Deep fractures appear in Spain after Sunday’s election

Deep fractures appear in Spain after Sunday’s election

JEREMY CORBYN OFFERED his ‘felicidades’ to Pedro Sanchez, the leaders of the Spanish Socialist workers Party (PSOE) after it was confirmed as the largest party in Sunday’s general election. But he has 14 fewer seats ...

Murdo Fraser
Nicola’s Indyref manoeuvres fool no one

Nicola’s Indyref manoeuvres fool no one

IF EVER someone deserved the title of the Grand Old Duchess of York, then surely Nicola Sturgeon would qualify for her flip-flopping on the question of a second independence referendum.

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Jonathan Stanley
Back in the EU cooler – why we must escape again

Back in the EU cooler – why we must escape again

RACING TOWARDS the Swiss border, having jumped one row of barbed wire, the capture of Hilts (Steve McQueen) before he can jump the second row is the iconic anti-climax of the 1960s classic The Great Escape. ...