Today’s Thinking

Bill Jamieson
Labour and the Falkirk question

Labour and the Falkirk question

DOES FALKIRK Labour matter? Only up to a point would seem to be the reaction of the party leader Ed Miliband.

By any measure the events of recent months are highly corrosive for the party. ...

Brian Monteith
Scottish Tories need their own Boris Johnson

Scottish Tories need their own Boris Johnson

LAST WEEK Lord Ashcroft published a very interesting poll on political attitudes in Scotland. In many ways it confirmed much that we knew about party support and general attitudes to issues (but was no ...

Bill Jamieson
When the finger points at the moon only the idiot sees...

When the finger points at the moon only the idiot sees...

SCOTLAND'S housing market is stirring at last. Across the country, sales were up 22.5 per cent in the third quarter compared with the same period last year to the highest figure since 2008.

However, ...

Brian Monteith
Lord Ashcroft reveals Cameron's Caledonian Conundrum

Lord Ashcroft reveals Cameron's Caledonian Conundrum

After conducting probably the most extensive opinion polling in Scotland – totalling some 10,000 electors, followed by focus groups and more detailed polling to tease out the thoughts behind the perceptions – Lord Ashcroft has revealed what he has termed Cameron's Caledonian Conundrum. Before inviting analysis and discussion I am pleased to publish Lord Ashcroft's full introduction to his paper and provide links to the report.

Brian Monteith, editor

Brian Monteith
Union militancy was the cause of the Grangemouth closure

Union militancy was the cause of the Grangemouth closure

THE 23RD OCTOBER is set to become another black entry into Scotland’s calendar of needless and avoidable industrial suicides after the closure of the Grangemouth petrochemical plant was announced Tuesday.

Let there be no ...

Brian Monteith
Housing and tax reform are vital for a Conservative victory

Housing and tax reform are vital for a Conservative victory

TWO RELATIVELY uneventful policy discussions kicked-off this week that while not making the front page of the Daily Mail have the potential to play a significant role in the 2015 general election. The first involves ...

Bill Jamieson
The night Sir Alex Salmond retired

The night Sir Alex Salmond retired

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER AT THE MUSEUM

From the Scotsman Herald October 16 2024

MORE THAN 500 senior government officials, diplomats and guests attended an honorary dinner at the National Museum, Edinburgh, last ...

Brian Monteith
Prestwick purchase should have been grounded

Prestwick purchase should have been grounded

DID ELVIS PRESLEY really die in 1977? Is that a bottle of Blue Nun and a slice of Black Forest gateau I see before me? Am I wearing loons, a scoop-neck tank top and platforms? ...

Bill Jamieson
The strange affair of the First Minster's trews

The strange affair of the First Minster's trews

SO OFTEN it is the smallest items that shine the brightest light. Only First Minister Alex Salmond’s trews may not be considered small.

The story – at least in its earliest stages – is simple ...

Bill Jamieson
Return to sender – Royal Mail privatisation is an opportunity missed

Return to sender – Royal Mail privatisation is an opportunity missed

IN ANY other circumstances, shares in Royal Mail would already have brought tens of thousands of investors flocking to subscribe. Investors have less than a week left to take part in the Initial Public Offering (IPO) ...

Bill Jamieson
Miliband reaches out for power

Miliband reaches out for power

Highlights from the Labour leader Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour Party conference yesterday, interspersed with tweets from the freelance spin doctor Damon MacMuck

BROTHERS and sisters! Let me tell you of my vision ...

Bill Jamieson
IndyRef – Don't believe it's all over next year

IndyRef – Don't believe it's all over next year

A YEAR FROM today Scotland will be making a momentous choice on whether to break with the UK and opt for independence.

Whatever the outcome, it is most unlikely to be the end of constitutional ...