Today’s Thinking

Alex Massie
US newspapers put the woes of Scotsman and Herald in context

US newspapers put the woes of Scotsman and Herald in context

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 ...

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

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

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 ...

Alex Massie
Scotland's shame? An overstatement unsupported by the evidence

Scotland's shame? An overstatement unsupported by the evidence

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 ...

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

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

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 ...

Alex Massie
Trump and Salmond: would anyone have behaved differently?

Trump and Salmond: would anyone have behaved differently?

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 ...

Alex Massie
Four! Salmond's slice is a misguided missile

Four! Salmond's slice is a misguided missile

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 ...

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

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

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 ...

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

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

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 ...

Alex Massie
Ruth Davidson will need to thwart the old guard

Ruth Davidson will need to thwart the old guard

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 ...

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

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

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 ...

Alex Massie
Jim McColl's bottom line must be he expects greater influence

Jim McColl's bottom line must be he expects greater influence

WE HAVE, I think, become used to stories suggesting that independence is a venture so fraught with risk that it is simply wiser and certainly more expedient for Scotland to remain within the Union. Nationalists ...

Alex Massie
How UKIP may scupper the SNP's anti-Tory argument

How UKIP may scupper the SNP's anti-Tory argument

THE PUBLICATION of an opinion poll suggesting that UKIP is on the verge of becoming the new "third force" in British politics is just the kind of thing to which political commentators are supposed to ...