Today’s Thinking

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 ...

Eben Wilson
How the SNP Government skews the tax debate

How the SNP Government skews the tax debate

A NEW PAPER from the Scottish Government is keen for us to debate the future use of our income tax powers.  Our choices in this debate are framed thus: “income tax policy should ...

Jonathan Stanley
The Chancellor should raise whisky duty, and cut it too

The Chancellor should raise whisky duty, and cut it too

I LOVED the dodgems as a boy. Driving around in circles, banging into other children and their suffering fathers. Then finally, the cars all stop and everyone returns to glum normality once the cash runs ...

Murdo Fraser
Paradise lost in tax avoidance debate

Paradise lost in tax avoidance debate

THIS WEEK'S publication of the “Paradise Papers” reignited the public debate about tax avoidance. The revelation that various wealthy individuals would use offshore accounts in order to minimise their tax liability comes as no great ...

Alastair Stewart
Where now for Spain and Catalonia?

Where now for Spain and Catalonia?

WAS the Catalan vote for independence illegal? Yes. It’s that simple.

The 1978 Spanish Constitution, agreed across the country in the years after Franco’s death in 1975, makes two explicit provisions regarding ...

Elizabeth Smith
John Swinney at an impasse of his own making

John Swinney at an impasse of his own making

NOT SURPRISINGLY, the SNP has gone very quiet about its named persons policy. This is not because the policy is now so discredited – the public have seen to that – but because the proposed ...