Today’s Thinking

Bill Jamieson
The new (and very old) Scaremongers

The new (and very old) Scaremongers

CENTRAL to the forthcoming general election in May will be the critical question of Britain’s relationship with the European Union and in particular the Conservatives’ commitment to renegotiation and a subsequent referendum. 

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Bill Jamieson
Pink Bus: Just what Jim Murphy needs!

Pink Bus: Just what Jim Murphy needs!

WANTED: Anything, just anything, to lift Scottish Labour’s election campaign out of the poo. 

Having upset the Catholics and been hit by the self-created ‘Girder-gate’ scandal – Scottish Labour leader Jim ...

Bill Jamieson
Global debt and the Catch-22

Global debt and the Catch-22

IS THE great debt crisis slowly but steadily receding into the past? A survey from McKinsey Global Institute compels a total re-think of this comforting illusion. 

Since 2008 the rhetoric of Western ...

Bill Jamieson
Time to ban the word austerity

Time to ban the word austerity

WHAT IS “austerity”? It is time, surely, this word was banned.  

It has become so ubiquitous, so frequently invoked that it seems no critique of government policy is complete without it ...

Bill Jamieson
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NOTE THE NUMBER in this headline. It’s a personal reference number. Many have been given one. It’s to hold and keep for ever. You’ll need to write it down and put it somewhere safe because ...

Bill Jamieson
That Autumn Statement in full

That Autumn Statement in full

HOORAY, it’s here at last. The Autumn Statement. Wednesday December 3 may be the official date. But for days beforehand we’ve had nothing but leaks. And not unofficial, unauthorised, naughty disgruntled civil service leaks. Real, ...

Brian Monteith
Scotland's NHS must come before the constitution

Scotland's NHS must come before the constitution

Devolution Report Card Part 2: If they are sincere about tackling inequality Scottish politicians should not allow the Smith Commission’s report to distract them from the people’s number one priority of improving our healthcare services.

Bill Jamieson
Scotland: united against the terrible Tories...

Scotland: united against the terrible Tories...

Good evening and welcome to another special BBC Scotland TV panel discussion: “Where To After the Referendum?” We have a full range of opinion across the political spectrum and I’ll start first with our new First Minister ...

Bill Jamieson
EU trade – what the CBI doesn't tell us.

EU trade – what the CBI doesn't tell us.

ANOTHER CBI annual conference, and another set of signals, direct and covert: ‘don’t rock the boat on the EU’; ‘Britain benefits from the EU single market’; ‘EU trade would be hit if we left the ...

Brian Monteith
Holyrood must do better

Holyrood must do better

Devolution Report Card Part 1: The SNP should stop seeking more powers when Scottish governments have not made good use of the powers they already have, particularly in education and the economy.

Bill Jamieson
Cameron: tell the truth to the people

Cameron: tell the truth to the people

“It’s completely unacceptable… It's an appalling way to behave”. 

THUS Prime Minister David Cameron at a press conference in Brussels on October 24 when, thumping the lectern, ...

Brian Monteith
The dark side of tobacco control

The dark side of tobacco control

In Simon Clark’s book we find the background to how tobacco controllers duck and dive to get their way.