Today’s Thinking

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 ...

Bill Jamieson
An Alice in Wonderland austerity

An Alice in Wonderland austerity

MORE CUTS, more savings, more cheeseparing: chancellor George Osborne has launched his spending review this week with a call for £20 billion cuts to Whitehall budgets. Who could doubt the agony of the long rake ...

Bill Jamieson
Plus ça change (again) with the Business Pledge

Plus ça change (again) with the Business Pledge

NOT LONG after the overthrow of the Ceausescu regime in Romania, a worrying suspicion began to spread among the people. 

As they watched the new government take shape, it began to seem, ...

Brian Monteith
Hold your nose and take the brave pills

Hold your nose and take the brave pills

SO HERE WE ARE after a six-week-long general election campaign and we seem to be no clearer about what the real costs and honest intentions of the main parties are. 

In a ...

Bill Jamieson
Posted missing in fantasy election politics – real numbers

Posted missing in fantasy election politics – real numbers

ALMOST EVERY DAY brings fresh SNP declarations on “fighting austerity” and “resisting Tory cuts”. Pious pledges to combat income and wealth inequality then follow dodgy Scottish government statistics on how wealth is unfairly concentrated in ...

Bill Jamieson
Our votes and views are not always the same as our actions

Our votes and views are not always the same as our actions

HOW PEOPLE VOTE is not always the same as how they say they will vote. And what people really think is not always the same as what they say they think.

These ...

Bill Jamieson
The Scottish Government's unsustainable delusion

The Scottish Government's unsustainable delusion

THE MINUTE the Scottish Government’s refreshed economic strategy popped up on the screen I knew I was in trouble. 

In the opening paragraphs alone the word “sustainable” appears no less than six ...

Brian Monteith
Can the Scots Tories ever have a better chance?

Can the Scots Tories ever have a better chance?

THE TRADITIONAL view of conservative parties is that they seek to preserve what is considered to be the best institutions within a society and are supportive only of gradual evolutionary reform. That all changed in ...