Today’s Thinking

Tom Gallagher
The retreat of reason accelerates in Scotland

The retreat of reason accelerates in Scotland

THE GRIM TRUTH about politics in Scotland for at least twenty years is that it disproportionately attracts  destructive people (warriors or else those unable to promote improvement) rather than builders or visionaries.  Office holders predominate who achieve ...

Jonathan Stanley
Bunker down for the Contango Fandango that Scotland's missing out on

Bunker down for the Contango Fandango that Scotland's missing out on

OIL HAS TAKEN QUITE A BEATING in recent weeks. A rollercoaster of policy gaffes by Washington and European countries has seen oil demand slump from Covid-19's forced shutdown of the global economy while the Saudis ...

Tom Gallagher
As long as Tories underestimate the ruthlessness of their foes, Britain is in peril

As long as Tories underestimate the ruthlessness of their foes, Britain is in peril

NEVER IN ITS HISTORY has the European Union been faced with a crisis of such gravity as now, owing to the coronavirus exacerbating the systemic failings of the single currency. But, at the same time, ...

Tom Gallagher
Community peace is a casualty of Sturgeon’s type of rule

Community peace is a casualty of Sturgeon’s type of rule

NICOLA STURGEON has pulled off the feat of shrinking the size of the Scottish political stage in order to accommodate her own needs as a ruler. Most decisions are taken with a single, overriding calculation ...

Jonathan Stanley
Covid-19 is opening a Pandora's Box on race relations in the NHS

Covid-19 is opening a Pandora's Box on race relations in the NHS

IT HAS NOT ESCAPED THE ATTENTION of anyone who has worked in healthcare that there is a devastating impact being suffered by NHS staff from Covid-19. There are doctors and nurses, and auxiliaries dying. There ...

Tom Gallagher
Labour and the SNP plot amidst Downing Street’s titanic struggle

Labour and the SNP plot amidst Downing Street’s titanic struggle

THE EASY VICTORY in the Labour leadership contest obtained by 58-year-old Keir Starmer on 4 April was only really noticed by the media classes. They are easily the noisiest and most visible branch of the clerisy, a term ...

Neil Stratton
The UK or EU - which is the model union for the Scottish fishing industry?

The UK or EU - which is the model union for the Scottish fishing industry?

THE SNP AND FELLOW TRAVELLERS would have us believe that Scotland is being held back on all fronts by being shackled to a United Kingdom dominated by England. Now, following the vote to leave the ...

Jill Stephenson
The power of education: Part I – How it empowers people

The power of education: Part I – How it empowers people

MY VIEW OF EDUCATION is a very simple one. Education is empowering. Without education, or with an inadequate education, a child’s life chances are stunted. Education begins in primary school, and that is where the ...

Linda Holt
Calderwood's double standards sinks the simple message below the waterline

Calderwood's double standards sinks the simple message below the waterline

LATE ON SATURDAY night the Sun published pictures of Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood out for a walk with her family and dog on Earlsferry golf course. She was spending the night at ...

Tom Gallagher
Scandal, pandemic and minority nationalism

Scandal, pandemic and minority nationalism

A POLL released on 29 March giving the SNP 51 per cent of the vote in Scotland has been greeted with disbelief and gloom in quarters anxious to see the wings of the nationalists clipped.

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Tom Gallagher
No cure in sight for SNP’s self-inflicted ills

No cure in sight for SNP’s self-inflicted ills

WHILE THE VULNERABILITY of the world has been exposed by the coronavirus, in a tiny corner a political movement that felt it had the world in the palm of its hand, has suddenly faced its ...

Tom Gallagher
Chancellor Sunak’s Enemy is not just Covid-19

Chancellor Sunak’s Enemy is not just Covid-19

RISHI SUNAK could be trampled underfoot by the wild ferocity of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s bold measures to throw one-third of current spending behind workers and employers in order to keep ...