Today’s Thinking

Bill Jamieson
Don't grow old in Alex Salmond’s Scotland

Don't grow old in Alex Salmond’s Scotland

THE FIRST MINISTER has left no doubt that he blames elderly Scots for frustrating his ambition to win Scottish independence in the referendum last week. Older people, he said, were most opposed to leaving the ...

Bill Jamieson
Whatever the result – great damage has been done

Whatever the result – great damage has been done

OPINION POLLS point to a referendum knife edge result with voting due to start in less than 24 hours. The conventional wisdom is that no firm judgements can be made and that conclusions must be ...

Bill Jamieson
Plunging pound? Calm down dear, it's only a 'variation'!

Plunging pound? Calm down dear, it's only a 'variation'!

SOME READERS may have read reports in recent days about a “flight of capital” and “a plunge in the pound” in the wake of the YouGov opinion poll showing the ‘Yes’ camp in the lead. 

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Bill Jamieson
Plunging pound? Calm down dear, it's only a 'variation'!

Plunging pound? Calm down dear, it's only a 'variation'!

SOME READERS may have read reports in recent days about a “flight of capital” and “a plunge in the pound” in the wake of the YouGov opinion poll showing the ‘Yes’ camp in the lead. 

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Bill Jamieson
Fantasyland economics all round

Fantasyland economics all round

IT IS A COMFORT of sorts – but in our current circumstance a comfort to be seized – that we are not alone in finding ourselves in the middle of Fantasyland Economics

Each ...

Bill Jamieson
A world of white-outs and warnings

A world of white-outs and warnings

WHEN THE anti-smoking lobby succeeded in slapping dire warnings on cigarette packets it was surely only a matter of time before similar warnings were urged on alcohol products. So it has proved, with the Westminster ...

Bill Jamieson
Beware the signs of a rush for the exits

Beware the signs of a rush for the exits

IF YOU ARE a saver or investor in Scotland or have your assets in Scottish companies, so far, so good – you may think. ‘Indyref’ may be hogging the headlines.  But so far there has ...

Bill Jamieson
A huge Commonwealth legacy ignored

A huge Commonwealth legacy ignored

IN THE IMMEDIATE wake of the superb Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, talk of “legacy” has been dominant. But there is one legacy that both Scotland and the UK as a whole have persistently ignored: the ...

Bill Jamieson
Are we witnessing another EU diplomatic failure?

Are we witnessing another EU diplomatic failure?

COMPELLING EVIDENCE points to Russian-backed missile deployment in the shooting down over eastern Ukraine of a civilian airliner with the death of all 298 passengers plus crew. Reports that pro-Russian armed gangs may have tampered ...

Bill Jamieson
A triumph for feminism or an insult?

A triumph for feminism or an insult?

IT IS ONE of the illusions of politics that senior positions go to those who know something about the job. But from the beginning of Cabinet government many with little qualification have risen to high ...

Kyle Thornton
Neil Craig – a friend to freedom

Neil Craig – a friend to freedom

When ThinkScotland expanded in 2010 so that it could widen its scope beyond discussing Scotland's role in europe Neil Craig became our first regular contibutor covering a wide range of topics with his enquiring mind, ...

Bill Jamieson
Separation – or denial of who we are?

Separation – or denial of who we are?

LESS THAN three months to go to Referendum Day: we’re in sight of the home stretch, the final crescendo of arguing and shouting, statement and rebuttal, facts and counter facts.

For all ...