Today’s Thinking

Brian Monteith
Sturgeon shows her hand, and it’s a poor one

Sturgeon shows her hand, and it’s a poor one

IT COULD NOT have been staged better. Like a general on the battlefield making the big appeal to the hearts and minds of her troops, or like a broadcast to the nation at a time ...

Brian Monteith
Without leaving the EU’s Customs Union our Aid will be wasted

Without leaving the EU’s Customs Union our Aid will be wasted

THE SUBJECT of the UK providing financial aid to developing nations is never far from controversy. Some see it as a necessary step to rebuilding nations that have suffered appalling natural catastrophes, murderous civil wars ...

Brian Monteith
In putting the EU first, Sturgeon has chosen the wrong horse

In putting the EU first, Sturgeon has chosen the wrong horse

WHAT IS HAPPENING following the vote by 17.4 million people in favour of the UK leaving the European Union? How will the negotiations take shape and what are the implications for Scotland? The following thoughts ...

Brian Monteith
Sturgeon is not the only fish

Sturgeon is not the only fish

ORANGES are not the only fruit and Sturgeon is not the only fish. There is a different way for Scottish politicians to deal with the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union than is ...

Brian Monteith
The First Minister is heading for a fall - but can Labour take advantage?

The First Minister is heading for a fall - but can Labour take advantage?

In a curious turn of events the normally canny First Minister is setting herself up for a fall from an almighty height, and the new Prime Minister Theresa May is giving her a leg-up to ...

Brian Monteith
Scotland's remain vote is no justification for another indyref

Scotland's remain vote is no justification for another indyref

WHY DID SCOTLAND vote convincingly to remain in the European Union when the United Kingdom as a whole voted to leave? What do the possible reasons tell us, and in the febrile mood being created ...

Brian Monteith
Davidson's a good debater but is not a future Tory Party leader

Davidson's a good debater but is not a future Tory Party leader

YOU KNOW when you are getting to the end of a divisive referendum when stories appear that seem incomprehensible and challenge reality, while sentiments and judgements by usually level-headed people are thrown out of the ...

Brian Monteith
A glorious Hibees win left tarnished at the end

A glorious Hibees win left tarnished at the end

HIBERNIAN Football Club has at last won the Scottish Cup – after a break of some 114 years and many cup finals along the way where the team proved to be despondent runners-up.

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Brian Monteith
Scottish Tories rediscover their unionist mojo

Scottish Tories rediscover their unionist mojo

AS THE DESERVED celebrations by Ruth Davidson and her supporters ease-off the question of why the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party not only leapt into second place in the Holyrood elections, but did it so convincingly ...

Brian Monteith
The Scottish case for Brexit will grow and grow

The Scottish case for Brexit will grow and grow

WHILE LAST WEEK’S political focus in Scotland was split between the arguments on whether or not to raise taxes and what might replace the Barnett Formula, there can be no mistaking that the bigger game ...

Brian Monteith
The CBI is not the voice of business

The CBI is not the voice of business

THE WAY too many of our broadcasters report the UK's membership of the European Union one could be forgiven for thinking that British business is firmly behind retaining the status quo. This is wrong on ...

Brian Monteith
Why the UK will prosper outside the European Union

Why the UK will prosper outside the European Union

THERE WILL be much scaremongering in the lead-up to the EU referendum but the most audacious is not the lie about three million jobs depending on EU membership, which has been repeatedly shown to be ...