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How Western sin taxes drive Taliban funding

IN 1848, a few years after the first Anglo-Afghan wars, Lord Palmerston stood in the Houses of Parliament and said “we have no eternal allies,…

One rule for them, one rule for our children

THE OPENING this week of the Scottish Parliament was an auspicious affair. Politicians mingled with royalty, backs were slapped, and children were ‘high-fived’. This was…

Why British is best

On Friday 18 September Vivian Linacre, a few years into his nineties, slipped away from us in his Perth home after an illness born bravely.…

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Vivian Linacre – the man with the gilded tongue

VIVIAN LINACRE who has died aged 93 was an optimist’s optimist, an enthusiast’s enthusiast whose glass was always half-full-to-brimming-over with cheerfulness and passion for a…

Thoughts from a nationalist sage for our times

Book Review: A Difference of Opinion. My Political Journey – by Jim Sillars Birlinn 2021 320pp Paperback. ISBN 9781780276830 IT IS A STRUGGLE to think of anyone…

This unhappy breed

THE INTERVAL at any theatrical performance is usually marked by the fall of a curtain, which is raised again at the start of the next…

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