Today’s Thinking

Effie Deans
Conservatives in Scotland need something different

Conservatives in Scotland need something different

THERE ARE ONLY two issues of consequence in Scottish politics, Brexit and independence. I don’t follow what happens from day to day in the Scottish Parliament. In this, I strongly suspect, I am identical to ...

Ed Glasgow
You can forget having lunch in an independent Scotland

You can forget having lunch in an independent Scotland

THE LATEST Times poll on the 4th of September shows Yes support for Independence at 49 per cent and No at 51 per cent. You would think that the SNP would be delighted with these figures (they ...

Jonathan Stanley
In Scotland as in China, a snake is a little dragon

In Scotland as in China, a snake is a little dragon

FRIDAY'S UGLY DISPLAY in Govan would come as no surprise to anyone with a memory longer than five minutes.

One thing that can be relied upon from peaceful civic joyous nationalists is ...

Frankie Hutcheson
Davidson: motherhood is no get-out-of-jail-free card

Davidson: motherhood is no get-out-of-jail-free card

WHEN SOMEONE told me Ruth Davidson was resigning, I thought it was an elaborate wind-up. As the news of her departure sank in shock and disbelief gave way to disappointment, anger and fear.

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Jonathan Stanley
An American owned NHS? EU membership would passport it.

An American owned NHS? EU membership would passport it.

AS PROJECT FEAR ramps up it's probably time to dismantle one of the most absurd Brexit myths Remoaners have entertained for the past three years and that is the impact on the NHS in terms ...

Jonathan Stanley
Ships Whay Hae! Is Ferguson Marine another lemon disguised as a peach?

Ships Whay Hae! Is Ferguson Marine another lemon disguised as a peach?

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS bung as much taxpayers' cash into them as possible, preferably with as little analysis as possible into the value of doing so.

Derek Mackay has never disappointed ...

Frankie Hutcheson
Scots Tories frozen in Boris's headlights

Scots Tories frozen in Boris's headlights

SATURDAY'S Scottish edition of the Times led its front page with the headline, “Tories disown Davidson”, reporting an article on the previous day’s Conservative Home  league table of cabinet and some other well-known Conservative politicians (1). Ruth Davidson sat at ...

Frankie Hutcheson
What is Ruth Davidson and the Scottish Conservative Party up to?

What is Ruth Davidson and the Scottish Conservative Party up to?

THERE CAN SCARCELY BE a Conservative in Scotland who has not regarded the growing gulf between Ruth Davidson and Boris Johnson with mounting disquiet.

“Operation Arse”, a whispering campaign that started in ...

Jonathan Stanley
The Withdrawal Agreement will be no easy lesion to resect

The Withdrawal Agreement will be no easy lesion to resect

CALOR, Rubor, Dolor, Tumor.  The new Leader of the House Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg would of course know the meaning of these four words famous in medicine.  He would also appreciate my double spacing after full ...

Jonathan Stanley
Boris has taken the bull by the horns. Can he stay on?

Boris has taken the bull by the horns. Can he stay on?

CONGRATULATIONS to the new Prime Minister and commiserations to his opponent, whmo I reluctantly voted for instead. It was a hard fought leadership contest, the closest we have had for 14 years to a real ...

Jonathan Stanley
Is minimum alcohol pricing killing drug addicts?

Is minimum alcohol pricing killing drug addicts?

THIS WEEK saw the publication of data showing yet another dramatic increase in drug related deaths in Scotland. A 25 per cent increase in two years. The SNP did their usual sociopathic rejection of responsibility ...

Jill Stephenson
The Citizens’ Assembly and its questionable function

The Citizens’ Assembly and its questionable function

DENIED IN 2014 their sole and obsessive aim of separating Scotland from the rest of the UK, the SNP leadership has since come up with a variety of wheezes, ostensibly to gauge popular opinion on ...