Today’s Thinking

Brian Monteith
Ashcroft polls debunk McLeish

Ashcroft polls debunk McLeish

LORD ASHCROFT is owed a debt of gratitude for helping maintain the Union.

His latest megapoll shows that if a general election were held now Labour should be able to regain all of the 32 Tory marginals ...

Bill Jamieson
Should we care what England thinks?

Should we care what England thinks?

ACCORDING TO the Social Attitudes survey out this week, support for Scottish independence is now higher in England than it is north of the Border.

For the first time, more English people than Scots ...

Brian Monteith
Davidson's Tory reshuffle: two steps forward, one step back

Davidson's Tory reshuffle: two steps forward, one step back

IT HAS BEEN a long time coming, but whether or not it was reluctantly done does not matter, Ruth Davidson has made the first reshuffle of her team of spokesmen and women. Unfortunately it has received ...

Bill Jamieson
Football transfers: the new tulip mania

Football transfers: the new tulip mania

WHEN IT COMES to paying crazy prices for assets, forget Belgravia apartments and fancy credit derivatives. The biggest bubble being blown today, swelling before our very eyes and with scarcely a peep from the Kill ...

Bill Jamieson
Where's the credible economic case for independence?

Where's the credible economic case for independence?

IS THERE yet a credible economic case for independence? I ask because, if a session at last week’s Festival of Politics in the Scottish Parliament dedicated to “Independence and Economic Issues” is any guide it ...

Bill Jamieson
Lost in the desert: Save our Henry!

Lost in the desert: Save our Henry!

A DISTINCTIVE charm of Henry McLeish is that you will rarely meet the same man twice. He is always on the political move, the personification of devolution being not a destination but a journey – not ...

Brian Monteith
David McLetchie had no equal

David McLetchie had no equal

IT IS POSSIBLY difficult for people that are not Conservatives in Scotland to understand just how important David McLetchie was to the Scottish Conservative Party. It is not an understatement to say that if he had ...

Margaret Mitchell
David McLetchie – an appreciation from Margaret Mitchell MSP

David McLetchie – an appreciation from Margaret Mitchell MSP

Over the whole week ThinkScotland has been publishing tributes to David McLetchie from those that worked, laughed, argued and agreed with him. Please feel free to add your own appreciations at the end of ...

Bill Jamieson
Tall Poppy – or Magnifying Glass Malaise?

Tall Poppy – or Magnifying Glass Malaise?

IN READING the fulsome tributes paid to David McLetchie, I was reminded of those most essential tools necessary for any understanding of Scottish politics in the modern era: a triple strength magnifying glass, an unsparing obsession ...

Brian Monteith
David McLetchie MSP CBE:            An appreciation by Raymond Robertson

David McLetchie MSP CBE: An appreciation by Raymond Robertson

In David McLetchie's passing today Scotland has lost a brave politician, an excellent debater, a loyal Jambo and good friend to those that knew him.  

Over the whole week ThinkScotland will be publishing a number of tributes to David from those that worked, laughed, argued and agreed with him.  Please feel free to add your own appreciations at the end of the contributions.

Brian Monteith, Editor

Mr Eugenides
Smoking: a crime worse than urinating on someone's shoes

Smoking: a crime worse than urinating on someone's shoes

SMOKING, like politics, brings out the worst in people. But it’s not smokers I find objectionable; it’s the joyless bastards who are trying to drive it out of our society that I really hate. I’m ...

Mr Eugenides
Labour for Abolition – this week’s new black

Labour for Abolition – this week’s new black

LAST WEEK we had the spectacle of the political credentials of Labour for Independence being shredded as revelations about the support from senior members of the SNP and the life-support of Yes Scotland undermined the ...