Today’s Thinking

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

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

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 ...

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Labour for independence? Really?

Labour for independence? Really?

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 ...

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Have the police got it wrong over Edinburgh's sex for sale?

Have the police got it wrong over Edinburgh's sex for sale?

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 ...

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Has the 40 Group rediscovered the

Has the 40 Group rediscovered the "Nasty Party"

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 ...

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Darling: Is being positive really necessary?

Darling: Is being positive really necessary?

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 ...

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Putting Scotland down ! Would you believe it ?

Putting Scotland down ! Would you believe it ?

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 ...

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Just whose ankle is Duggy Dug pissing on?

Just whose ankle is Duggy Dug pissing on?

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 ...

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Donside by-election points to 2016 for leaders

Donside by-election points to 2016 for leaders

 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 ...

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How many more issues can Salmond sell-out on?

How many more issues can Salmond sell-out on?

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 ...

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How independent is the Equality Network?

How independent is the Equality Network?

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 ...

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Bonkers legislation should be unsustainable

Bonkers legislation should be unsustainable

SUSTAINABLE economic growth: that’s a thing everyone likes, isn’t it?

It beats the crappy unsustainable variety, with its property crashes and its unemployment, hands down. When it comes to economic growth, give me the ...

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Principled politicians? Don't make me laugh

Principled politicians? Don't make me laugh

PRINCIPLE is one of those things we should hope others recognise in us. For it to mean anything, anyway.

By our deeds may it be revealed. Simply asserting “I’m principled” doesn’t cut it. Coming ...