Support ThinkScotland
by donating today
Courtesy of KeepCalm-o-matic.co.uk

Today’s Thinking

US newspapers put the woes of Scotsman and Herald in context

Columnist ALEX MASSIE
I DOUBT you have ever had cause to think of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette far less read it. Nevertheless, the history of this Massachusetts paper has, as we shall see, a surprising relevance. It was bought by the New York ...

Article from Tuesday 6, August, 2013
| Comment

Kerevan on Independence: Is the problem the salesman or the product?

Columnist ALEX MASSIE
IT IS LATE July and the political classes are on holiday. Thank heavens for that, you may say, as you contemplate the possibility of an August free from politics. I fancy your hopes – entirely justifiable though they are – will ...

Article from Tuesday 30, July, 2013
| Comment

Scotland's shame? An overstatement unsupported by the evidence

Columnist ALEX MASSIE
FOR AS LONG as I can recall, sectarianism has been dubbed "Scotland's shame". The label suggests both a universal culpability and, somehow, a sense that this sorry state of affairs is the kind of disgrace about which everyone is too ...

Article from Tuesday 23, July, 2013
| Comment

Riverside Inverclyde – how many more examples of failed largesse exist?

Columnist ALEX MASSIE
ONE OF THE disadvantages of the otherwise entertaining independence stramash is that it can divert attention from other significant stories. For instance, the First Minister is in the Isle of Man today where, we are told, he will use that ...

Article from Tuesday 16, July, 2013
| Comment

Trump and Salmond: would anyone have behaved differently?

Columnist ALEX MASSIE
POOR DONALD TRUMP. Will no-one give him a break? Here is, let me remind you, one of the world's greatest entrepreneurs determined to spread some joy - and splash some cash - in Scotland, land of his mother, and, far ...

Article from Tuesday 9, July, 2013
| Comment

Four! Salmond's slice is a misguided missile

Columnist ALEX MASSIE
POLITICIANS are fond of chiding the media for its supposed cynicism. If only we had a better, less sceptical, more optimistic, trusting media life would be better, easier, more comfortable for all concerned. It's media cynicism, you see, that injects ...

Article from Tuesday 2, July, 2013
| Comment

Will Simon Howie's equivocal endorsement bring more support for Independence-Lite?

Columnist ALEX MASSIE
LAST WEEK Simon Howie, the farmer and butcher, became the latest prominent businessman to endorse a Yes vote in next year's referendum. Understandably, nationalists suggested this latest endorsement is further evidence of a shift in the national mood. Perhaps so, ...

Article from Tuesday 25, June, 2013
| Comment

Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, Big Government have one thing in common.......

Columnist ALEX MASSIE
IMAGINE THERE was a widely consumed product that, however enjoyable, was undeniably associated with diseases that might kill as many as one in three of those who consumed it regularly. Then imagine an alternative product that enjoyed many of the ...

Article from Tuesday 18, June, 2013
| Comment

Ruth Davidson will need to thwart the old guard

Columnist ALEX MASSIE
RUTH DAVIDSON'S speech to the Tory conference in Stirling last week had its moments. Davidson's position is not an easy one. She is, after all, responsible for a party divided between wings represented by Murdo Fraser and Lord Forsyth. ...

Article from Tuesday 11, June, 2013
| Comment

Ruth Davidson must eventually upset half her party, but which half?

Columnist ALEX MASSIE
AS THE REMNANTS of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party gather for their conference later this weekend, the party's leader can hardly be faulted for forgetting to remember that other people have it worse than she does. In politics, as ...

Article from Tuesday 4, June, 2013
| Comment