Today’s Thinking

Murdo Fraser
Equality and fairness are not the same thing – which matters more?

Equality and fairness are not the same thing – which matters more?

THE AMBITION to create a “fairer, more equal” society has been a stated aim of the current Scottish Government for many years. This is a form of words which has appeared in numerous speeches by ...

Jamie Greene
“It’s the economy, stupid” means nothing to the SNP

“It’s the economy, stupid” means nothing to the SNP

TWENTY-FIVE years ago James Carville (pictured) coined the phrase “It’s the economy, stupid” for the then Democrat’s nominee for Presidency of the United States, Bill Clinton. The meaning behind the phrase is clear: the public ...

Jonathan Stanley
The promise of a second EU referendum could shoot the Lib Dem canary

The promise of a second EU referendum could shoot the Lib Dem canary

WE WERE WAITING for the Liberal democrats to jump the shark weren't we? How could they possibly push the Remoan vote even higher following their win in Richmond Park recently? Surely they couldn't be so stupid ...

Miles Saltiel
What to look out for from the General Election

What to look out for from the General Election

WHILE I WAS SLACKING in sunny Spain over a late Easter break, Theresa May surprised us all by calling the election which I first pushed in A Doctors Mandate five months ago. It turns out ...

Jamie Greene
 The Scottish economy will sink if the SNP does not change course

The Scottish economy will sink if the SNP does not change course

ONCE AGAIN this week in the Scottish Parliament my Conservative colleagues and I brought forward a motion on the worrying trend of the Scottish economy.  A subject, like its failings in education, which the Scottish ...

Peter de Vink
SNP silence tells its own story and puts Midlothian in play

SNP silence tells its own story and puts Midlothian in play

WHEN I WROTE my End of Term Report I had not expected readers to email me with their views. As such I was rather surprised that I received a great number of ...

Jill Stephenson
Grievomax, or how to lie your way to ‘independence’

Grievomax, or how to lie your way to ‘independence’

IT IS A COMMONPLACE that politicians tell lies. We could probably identify important or trivial porkies told by a range of politicians from different political parties. One party, however, stands out as different from the ...

Jonathan Stanley
The “rape clause” is a furtive fallacy straight out of Alinsky's rule book

The “rape clause” is a furtive fallacy straight out of Alinsky's rule book

THERE ARE FEW men perhaps so wicked in their legacy as Saul Alinsky.  His Rules for Radicals book has poisoned political debate for half a century and is based deep down on the legitimisation of ...

Brian Monteith
One Queen of Scotland is enough

One Queen of Scotland is enough

THIS WEEK I wrote in The Scotsman about the First Minster’s trip to the US and questioned why it is that she and her two predecessors Alex Salmond and Jack McConnell elevated ...

Jonathan Stanley
SNP's HIV policy is a political pill that's hard to swallow

SNP's HIV policy is a political pill that's hard to swallow

A LONG TIME AGO in a valley far away lived a GP. He treated people who were ill. He was funded by an NHS that gave him money to treat his patients using evidence that ...

Jonathan Stanley
Islamic terrorism: we are all to blame for

Islamic terrorism: we are all to blame for

Derry, Maine: A sleepy coastal town with a wicked secret. Something evil is haunting the streets and has done so for decades. "It" has terrified everyone in town into silence. No matter what evidence is ...

Jonathan Stanley
Gibraltar invaded? It could be a Goa for Spain

Gibraltar invaded? It could be a Goa for Spain

THIRTY-FIVE years ago the UK liberated the Falklands from Argentine invasion. Parallels are being drawn between that conflict and Spain's evergreen diplomatic aggression against Gibraltar. This has increased this week due to the EU Commission suggesting, in ...