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Robert Kilgour
Freeman and Sturgeon should ‘fess up, be honest with us and move on

Freeman and Sturgeon should ‘fess up, be honest with us and move on

AT LAST, we are now seeing some signs of hope in the battle against Coronavirus.

At Renaissance Care, since our first resident tested positive for the disease on 3rd April, we ...

Neil Stratton
A new fishing agreement with Norway that works for us

A new fishing agreement with Norway that works for us

THE PREVIOUS three articles in this series looked at the EU’s fisheries agreement with Norway. The first two of these totted up who caught how much of what and where, whilst the third argued, on ...

Robert Kilgour
Where's the Scottish Government transparency and equity over care homes?

Where's the Scottish Government transparency and equity over care homes?

WHEN THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT decided to seek emergency powers to allow it to take over independent sector care homes it deems have “fallen short” during the Covid-19 pandemic it felt like the Scottish Government was trying to ...

Neil Stratton
The Northern Agreements with Norway: what’s the point?

The Northern Agreements with Norway: what’s the point?

WHEREAS the previous two articles in this series, Do the Northern Agreements benefit Scotland and the UK? and The Northern Agreements: who benefits most? looked at what the EU and Norway have each got from their fisheries ...

Robert Kilgour
Social care in Scotland should be respected and applauded

Social care in Scotland should be respected and applauded

I HAVE NEVER been so proud, during thirty years involvement, to be an operator in the social care sector as I have been since the start of the Covid-19 crisis in March – here’s why.

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Neil Stratton
The Northern Agreements: who benefits most?

The Northern Agreements: who benefits most?

THE PREVIOUS article in this series, The Northern Agreements: do they benefit Scotland and the UK?, examined the quantities of fish landed from UK and EU27 waters by the Norwegian fleet under the fishing agreement between ...

Allan Sutherland
Scotland needs a shake-up – why not produce our own Beveridge reports?

Scotland needs a shake-up – why not produce our own Beveridge reports?

CONSIDER THIS…

"After this crisis is over, people may well be in the mood for radical change in Scotland. We need to be sure (insert party name) is the party of radical ...

Neil Stratton
Fishing with Norway – do the Northern Agreements benefit Scotland and the UK?

Fishing with Norway – do the Northern Agreements benefit Scotland and the UK?

THE EU HAS SIGNED so-called Northern Agreements with Norway, the Faroe Islands and Iceland to allow its fleets to fish in their waters in return for the right of the other party’s fleet to ...

Jill Stephenson
Bridge Over Troublesome virus - playing bridge in the pandemic

Bridge Over Troublesome virus - playing bridge in the pandemic

I DON’T TEND to find myself with time on my hands. There is always plenty to do – I could, after all be tidying my two studies and spare bedroom, but I’d rather do anything ...

Neil Stratton
Saithe – a not so Auld Alliance

Saithe – a not so Auld Alliance

THE FRENCH have a taste for Saithe and the Saithe they are particularly fond of is Scottish. Nobody else in the EU lands anywhere near as much from Scottish waters – not even the Scots. ...

Linda Holt
The growing scandal of how the Scottish Government treated our care homes

The growing scandal of how the Scottish Government treated our care homes

FEW PEOPLE have reason to linger in care homes. Fewer still have the energy or will to think about them in the round after dealing with the guilt-ridden and traumatic experience of visiting a relative ...

Eben Wilson
Drunk on power, why have politicians in charge of the driving wheel?

Drunk on power, why have politicians in charge of the driving wheel?

AS PUBLIC DEBATE TURNS, no doubt prematurely, to when any release on our lock-down might begin I am reminded of an old Shetland tale.  A drunk in a bar hears that one third of car accidents ...