Today’s Thinking

Brian Monteith
MacKay, Stewart and Johnstone – gone but never forgotten

MacKay, Stewart and Johnstone – gone but never forgotten

IT HAS BEEN a sad and dispiriting week for those of a right of centre disposition in Scotland.

As regular readers may have noticed, we have carried on ThinkScotland not one, not ...

Brian Monteith
Castro was a murderous gangster worthy of condemnation

Castro was a murderous gangster worthy of condemnation

FIDEL CASTRO was a murderous gangster who feigned to be a revolutionary but imprisoned his people in permanent poverty on an island of natural riches they had no access to. That he has now died ...

Brian Monteith
World university rankings give the lie to Sir Tim’s scaremongering

World university rankings give the lie to Sir Tim’s scaremongering

THERE IS no mistaking Edinburgh is a university city. The University of Edinburgh received its charter in 1582 and opened its doors a year later – unusually at the instigation of the town council rather ...

Brian Monteith
The UK is our country, and all Scots should have a say before being dragged out of it.

The UK is our country, and all Scots should have a say before being dragged out of it.

NICOLA STURGEON wants to drag Scotland out of the UK to take us into the EU – when only two years ago in order to drag us out of the UK she was quite prepared ...

Brian Monteith
The War is over, the Treasury should now get back to its day job

The War is over, the Treasury should now get back to its day job

WHAT ON EARTH is going on at the Treasury? The EU referendum was held and lost nearly four months ago and yet still some of its number carry on like WWII Japanese soldiers appearing out ...

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 ...