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Will it be possible to avoid nastiness in social media campaigning?

Columnist EUAN MCCOLM
THERE’S every likelihood that, if you’re reading this, you arrived here via social media. And, if that’s the case, and you take an interest in Scottish politics, you’ll know how brutal those public forums can be. Last week, ...

Article from Thursday 8, August, 2013
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Labour for independence? Really?

Columnist EUAN MCCOLM
ONE of the more interesting – and surprising developments – in the referendum campaign has been the emergence of a group called Labour for Independence. This organisation claims to be “campaigning within the Labour Party and throughout Scotland, making ...

Article from Wednesday 31, July, 2013
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Have the police got it wrong over Edinburgh's sex for sale?

Columnist EUAN MCCOLM
I SUPPOSE it still comes down to what we’re willing, as a society, to tolerate. For years, police  – supported by councillors – in Scotland’s two largest cities have had different views on how to handle prostitution. In ...

Article from Thursday 25, July, 2013
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Has the 40 Group rediscovered the "Nasty Party"

Columnist EUAN MCCOLM
WHAT’S the single greatest obstacle to David Cameron in his attempt to rebrand the Conservatives and shake off that “nasty party” reputation? I’ve been giving this some thought and think I might have the answer: the reason the Tories ...

Article from Thursday 18, July, 2013
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Darling: Is being positive really necessary?

Columnist EUAN MCCOLM
FEW THINGS are more effective at creating instant feelings of negativity than the instruction to be positive, don’t you think? If anyone has ever told you to cheer up on the basis that it might never happen, there’s every ...

Article from Thursday 11, July, 2013
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Putting Scotland down ! Would you believe it ?

Columnist EUAN MCCOLM
QUIZ! Which politician believes Scots lack national pride, self-worth and self awareness? It’s a devastating assessment, so I expect you’re thinking it must be one of the many unionist scaremongers currently participating in the Scottish independence debate. Probably a ...

Article from Thursday 4, July, 2013
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Just whose ankle is Duggy Dug pissing on?

Columnist EUAN MCCOLM
IT’S so difficult to know who to believe in the fraught debate over Scottish independence, isn’t it? It’s all claim and counterclaim, he said-she said, scaremongering, lies, and whatnot. If only there was some way of cutting through the ...

Article from Thursday 27, June, 2013
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Donside by-election points to 2016 for leaders

Columnist EUAN MCCOLM
 WHAT’S it been? A year? Certainly seems like it. I’m struggling to remember a time before the Aberdeen Donside by-election campaign, with all of its clashes over the chaotic Haudagain Roundabout, where motorists go to starve to death. ...

Article from Thursday 20, June, 2013
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How many more issues can Salmond sell-out on?

Columnist EUAN MCCOLM
YOU don’t have to have been around the Scottish political scene for long to know how much the SNP has changed. In a remarkably short of period of time, the party has transformed. The confident team at the top ...

Article from Thursday 13, June, 2013
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How independent is the Equality Network?

Columnist EUAN MCCOLM
WHERE would we be without independent voices standing up to those in power, advocating change wherever governments threaten inaction? Won’t you join me in praising the irritants who champion just causes? Take the Equality Network, a charity that ...

Article from Thursday 6, June, 2013
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