Today’s Thinking

Tom Gallagher
Alex Salmond: Did it take a new code of conduct for the complaints to be made?

Alex Salmond: Did it take a new code of conduct for the complaints to be made?

WORLD WAR I started in no small measure because of the miscalculations made by several of the Great Powers following the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28 June 2014.  They misinterpreted the mood ...

Elizabeth Smith

"Free" Scottish universities are discriminatory and unsustainable

I AM SURE l am not the only MSP in recent days to receive letters from parents of young people seeking a place at a Scottish university but who are being turned away. One parent ...

Jonathan Stanley
Is Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on Boris Johnson's side?

Is Mustafa Kemal Ataturk on Boris Johnson's side?

IT’S TIME as a Eurosceptic to wave my Johnson proudly again. Boris recently had a rough week following his comments on the niqab and burqa. Some accused him of being the ultimate hypocrite after previously ...

Jon Novakovic
Two modern blockades – an ancient form of warfare is back in fashion

Two modern blockades – an ancient form of warfare is back in fashion

A LEADER in Berlin styling himself “Emperor of the French and King of Italy” issued a decree on 21 November 1806. The British Isles were to be blockaded, and “whoever deals on the continent in ...

Tom Gallagher
Sweden and Utopia – divorce proceedings now in full swing

Sweden and Utopia – divorce proceedings now in full swing

THE FUTILITY of Sweden’s fifty-year bid to be a progressive superpower was perhaps well captured by the helpless reaction of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to serious public disorder on 13 August. After masked assailants in ...

Robert Kilgour
We should cut the UK's aid budget to fund social care

We should cut the UK's aid budget to fund social care

THERE IS A BOX in the Emirates Stadium that cost £30m. It wasn’t paid for by Arsenal’s owners. It wasn’t paid for by a Russian oligarch. It wasn’t even a retirement gift for Arsene Wenger.

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Jonathan Stanley
Transgender schooling of infants must be opposed – but will our political leaders speak out?

Transgender schooling of infants must be opposed – but will our political leaders speak out?

THE CULT of transgenderism has taken a very ugly turn. As a libertarian I consider sexuality, whisky and voting in the same bracket. For adults only and in their own privacy.

The ...

Tom Gallagher
‘Capture them young’ - the watchwords of demagogues down the ages

‘Capture them young’ - the watchwords of demagogues down the ages

IT CANNOT HAVE TAKEN MUCH for Nicola Sturgeon to have talked one of the many compliant third sector groups into collaborating with her in a propaganda stunt with young people. On 12 September she will ...

Jill Stephenson
The Robert the Bruce syndrome: How the SNP will try, try and try again through our children

The Robert the Bruce syndrome: How the SNP will try, try and try again through our children

IF ONE THING has been clear since 18 September 2014, it is that the SNP has never given up and will never give up trying to win recruits for its mission of breaking up the ...

Tom Gallagher
Trump arrives just in time to see a Scottish autocrat flaunt her power

Trump arrives just in time to see a Scottish autocrat flaunt her power

LET’S FACE IT Donald Trump and Nicola Sturgeon have certain elementary things in common. They are both egotists who crave attention. They rely on family members to discharge authority (she far more than him). They also ...

Elizabeth Smith
Hands off Perth Royal Infirmary

Hands off Perth Royal Infirmary

LONG BEFORE I became an MSP in 2007, I became acutely aware of just what a special place Perth Royal Infirmary has in the hearts of thousands of residents across Perthshire and Kinross-shire—and rightly so. ...

Tom Gallagher
Why is nationalism dying out in Romania but thriving in Scotland?

Why is nationalism dying out in Romania but thriving in Scotland?

A RECENT HOLIDAY in Romania (a country which I have been visiting for 29 years), made me reflect on the respective potency of nationalism there and in Scotland where I live and was born.    

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