Today’s Thinking

Tony Trewavas
Britain should become an optimistic nation by backing Thorium for power generation

Britain should become an optimistic nation by backing Thorium for power generation

USE OF THORIUM instead of uranium in reactors can allay virtually all public concern over weapons proliferation, radioactive pollution, toxic waste and fuel that is costly and complicated to process. 

Thorium is ...

Murdo Fraser
The week Scottish Labour withered

The week Scottish Labour withered

“My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

FOR MOST of my life, the Labour Party has dominated the Scottish political scene ...

Jack Ponton
Fracking offers a green alternative to wind power

Fracking offers a green alternative to wind power

IT IS AN ARTICLE of faith among the environmental lobby that wind energy is benign and undisruptive, and that obtaining shale gas by hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) is damaging and disruptive.

The ...

Murdo Fraser
The record's stuck, Nicola, the SNP need a new tune

The record's stuck, Nicola, the SNP need a new tune

IT WAS A STAPLE plot device of Boys' Own adventure stories of the 1960s and '70s. Japanese soldiers from the Second World War were supposedly stranded on otherwise uninhabited Pacific islands, cut off from the ...

Effie Deans
Stuff your wheels, it's swing that will wreck the SNP

Stuff your wheels, it's swing that will wreck the SNP

AT THE LAST General Election in 2015 I voted for the Lib Dems. This was partly because I thought they had done a good job as part of the coalition government, but it was mainly ...

Liam Kerr
Reaching for the skies requires more ambition

Reaching for the skies requires more ambition

AIR PASSENGER DUTY (“APD”) is being devolved to Scotland and, as a result of the Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill, an Air Departure Tax (“ADT”) will replace APD in Scotland from April 2018.

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Jonathan Stanley
Sixth time lucky? Vive la République, Arise Macron

Sixth time lucky? Vive la République, Arise Macron

SO, IT WAS AS WE THOUGHT. This weekend the Brexit candidate won the French presidential election and the other one wanders without party nor reason for another five years. Emmanuel Macron is the first president ...

Murdo Fraser
It's Scotland vs Sturgeon – and Scotland is winning

It's Scotland vs Sturgeon – and Scotland is winning

IT WAS THE LOOK on the faces of the SNP activists this morning which told the story. At the election count in Bells Sports Centre, Perth, the scene of so many Nationalist victories over the ...

Jonathan Stanley
Springbroom for Dugdale and Jeremy! Why Labour wins most by losing

Springbroom for Dugdale and Jeremy! Why Labour wins most by losing

I PROMISE, I won't mention Ken Livingstone's favourite socialist excessively in this article but The Producers, otherwise known as Springtime for Hitler, is a cult classic I relish for its cut throat humour and ...

Ross Thomson
Now is the time to be backing blue

Now is the time to be backing blue

IN LESS THAN six weeks, the country will go to the polls in what is, without doubt, one of the most unique and multifaceted general elections in living memory. I am delighted to have been ...

Frank Lennon
Pupil Equity Funding: The first major test of John Swinney’s “presumption”

Pupil Equity Funding: The first major test of John Swinney’s “presumption”

“The presumption…at the heart of the [Governance] review… [will be that] …decisions should be taken at school level”

Deputy First Minister (DFM), John Swinney Statement to Parliament 13 September, 2016.

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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 ...