Today’s Thinking

Elizabeth Smith
Consultation responses force John Swinney to plan his own route

Consultation responses force John Swinney to plan his own route

THIS WEEK, the Scottish Government published its consultation findings into the proposed new education bill planned for later this year. It must have made uncomfortable reading for John Swinney and his ministers. Out of 674 ...

Tom Gallagher
The strange case of Irish heritage Scots and the Scottish National Party

The strange case of Irish heritage Scots and the Scottish National Party

IT WAS ALEX SALMOND who I have to thank for alerting me to the changes that were sweeping through Scotland’s Catholic community, (originally of mainly Irish descent).  In mid-2014, not long after the Commonwealth Games had ...

Liam Kerr
SNP sentencing policy puts criminals before victims

SNP sentencing policy puts criminals before victims

NICOLA STURGEON’S 2017/18 Programme for Government committed her Government to increasing the current presumption against jail terms of 3-months to 12-months, on the basis that short sentences simply do not ‘work’: that short sentences do ...

Martin Livermore
Pessimists should let the facts speak for themselves

Pessimists should let the facts speak for themselves

HANS ROSLING’S NAME is not one that is widely known, but it should be. He died last year at what today is a young age – just 68 – but his last book Factfulness has ...

Murdo Fraser
Tory Victories banish spectre of the Poll Tax

Tory Victories banish spectre of the Poll Tax

IT DIDN’T MATTER how hard we campaigned, how good our candidates were, or the reputation of sitting Councillors. For roughly two decades from the early 1990s, the Scottish Conservatives simply couldn’t make any progress when ...

Tom Gallagher
Scotland is paralysed – and Sturgeon's undemanding fan base may explain why

Scotland is paralysed – and Sturgeon's undemanding fan base may explain why

ONE OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS in my new novel "Flight of Evil" is Clova Bruce, a nationalist with a background in the musical entertainment business. 

She is too easily written-off ...

Struan Stevenson
Brexit ‘power-grab’ is unnecessary posturing

Brexit ‘power-grab’ is unnecessary posturing

FOR THOSE WONDERING why the escalating stand-off between Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May over the alleged Brexit ‘power-grab’ by Westminster hasn’t yet been resolved, let me offer the perspective of businesses in Scotland.  

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Tom Gallagher
Spain’s courts averted partition. Will Scotland’s courts facilitate it?

Spain’s courts averted partition. Will Scotland’s courts facilitate it?

GIVEN THE STATE of Scotland’s public sector, from collapsing urban roads to lengthening waiting times for life-threatening illnesses, who can blame the SNP for putting the constitutional question front and centre at every opportunity?  

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David Robertson
The promise of Easter

The promise of Easter

REMEMBER WHEN Tony Blair was first elected Prime Minister?  As he entered Downing Street the strains of D:Ream's Things can only get better wafted through the air in celebration. Think of the promises that our political leaders ...

Liam Kerr
Home leave for murderers without full scrutiny must be stopped

Home leave for murderers without full scrutiny must be stopped

IN FEBRUARY, murderer Robbie McIntosh was convicted of a brutal attempted murder on an innocent Dundee dog-walker, whilst on home leave prior to being considered for parole.

McIntosh had previously been sentenced ...

Elizabeth Smith
Another #SNP fail: The government needs to act if it wants to deliver

Another #SNP fail: The government needs to act if it wants to deliver

EVERYONE KNOWS WHY the expansion of child care is so important, such is the overwhelming evidence about the benefit of quality care in the early years of a child’s life and the importance of child ...

Effie Deans
Deterring Russian aggression requires insight and determination

Deterring Russian aggression requires insight and determination

THERE IS NOT that much in Russia that works, they have practically no exports except oil, gas and commodities, which in part is the reason their economy has been in steep decline lately, but there ...