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Is Alex Salmond - the best Unionist Nationalist?

Columnist DAVID TORRANCE
WHAT THE MEDIA calls the ‘silly season’ is well known for its distorting effect on the political classes. Deprived of their usual packed itinerary and Parliamentary agenda, politicians resort to making speeches; finely-crafted orations designed to sketch out a wider ...

Article from Monday 5, August, 2013
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A royal referendum? Not on Alex Salmond's agenda

Columnist DAVID TORRANCE
DESPITE Alex Salmond’s best efforts, the monarchy has never quite gone away as a bone of contention during the long march towards Scottish independence. Once or twice over the last couple of weeks the First Minister has testily corrected interviewers who ...

Article from Monday 29, July, 2013
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My political tour opens my eyes and challenges assumptions

Columnist DAVID TORRANCE
THE WRITER and land campaigner Andy Wightman once tweeted about my penchant for what he called ‘constitutional tourism’, i.e. a tendency to visit countries and territories not for sun, sea and sand, but for tours of parliaments, palaces and political institutions. ...

Article from Monday 22, July, 2013
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Independence debate needs a poetic lift

Columnist DAVID TORRANCE
MARIO CUOMO'S most repeated quote holds that politicians ought to ‘campaign in poetry’ but ‘govern in prose’. The former New York governor (pictured) was making an obvious point: that while the business of government necessarily involves the explanation of public ...

Article from Monday 15, July, 2013
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Scottish? British? English? It's only tennis...

Columnist DAVID TORRANCE
I’ll begin with a confession: I can’t stand tennis. Like most sports, it bores me rigid, while the notion of sitting through an entire match – be it at Wimbledon or anywhere else – makes the prospect of sticking pins ...

Article from Monday 8, July, 2013
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No Gay bounce for Tories on the Gay Pride march

Columnist DAVID TORRANCE
STEPHEN FRY once got into trouble, while Rector of Dundee University, for saying ‘one should try everything once, except incest and country dancing’. But he was right (not completely, I quite like country dancing), one should try everything once, and ...

Article from Monday 1, July, 2013
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Will the English and Ex-Pats Love-Bomb Scotland?

Columnist DAVID TORRANCE
EARLIER THIS MONTH Alistair Darling launched the London branch of the Better Together referendum campaign, imploring 800,000 Scots living in the rest of the UK (including 100,000 in its Capital) to get involved in the independence debate. “You may not ...

Article from Monday 24, June, 2013
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Just who are Scottish and British?

Columnist DAVID TORRANCE
ON TUESDAY I was in Swindon for a family funeral. I’d only met my great aunt Betty once, in the year 2000 when I was studying journalism at Cardiff University, but I remember her being great fun; feeding me and ...

Article from Monday 17, June, 2013
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Tory Game of Thrones makes for an interesting conference

Columnist DAVID TORRANCE
A FEW SAYS BEFORE the Scottish Conservative Party conference kicked off in Stirling, Murdo Fraser, the nearly-man of Tory politics, tweeted about “All that plotting, backstabbing and graphic sex, its just like Game of Thrones. But with more dragons.” It ...

Article from Monday 10, June, 2013
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Would "Salmondomics" resemble the Gulf States?

Columnist DAVID TORRANCE
A COUPLE OF years ago Alex Salmond came in for a bit of ridicule when, during a trip to Doha, he said Qatar and Scotland had ‘remarkable similarities’. The First Minister meant ‘common strengths’ in the oil and gas sectors, ...

Article from Monday 3, June, 2013
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