Today’s Thinking

Brian Monteith
The SNP’s callous disregard for children and parents

The SNP’s callous disregard for children and parents

THE SNP has made the cause of better childcare in Scotland one of the core attractions of its appeal to voters in this year’s independence referendum – and yet the party has shown by its ...

Bill Jamieson
New generation worse off? Only up to a point...

New generation worse off? Only up to a point...

SO FAREWELL then, rising expectations: for the first time in memory today’s generation will be less well off than its parents. The august Institute for Fiscal Studies has concluded in an analysis out this week ...

Bill Jamieson
Mandela: Time for realism amongst the torrents of Gush

Mandela: Time for realism amongst the torrents of Gush

MANDELA-MANIA has overrun the BBC. There is barely a pause in its panegyrics or a break in the flow of its earnest, devotional tributes. News bulletins have been extended, profiles run on the hour and ...

Bill Jamieson
'A vacancy has arisen'

'A vacancy has arisen'

A VACANCY arose recently for the position of chairman of the Scottish Ethical Sustainable Green Investment Bank (SESGIB). Candidates were required to have appropriate qualifications and knowledge of banking. Interviews were held with the Prudential ...

Bill Jamieson
'Forward Guidance' What? Until the election?

'Forward Guidance' What? Until the election?

ONE QUESTION is set to cast a deepening shadow over households and businesses as the economic recovery gains traction: when does the emergency money end?

Looking at the GDP numbers, the resurgence in services and ...

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 ...