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Jonathan Stanley
Merkel has given us a potato – the consequences could be disastrous

Merkel has given us a potato – the consequences could be disastrous

I'VE ENJOYED READING Emma's Mummy Diaries here on ThinkScotland.  It had me thinking about our man Boris agreeing with Chancellor Merkel's suggestion that the Irish Backstop is 'ours' to sort out – and that ...

Jonathan Stanley
Slaughter of the lambs all because of Brexit

Slaughter of the lambs all because of Brexit

IT HAD TO HAPPEN.  At some point as we close in on leaving the EU the Remoaners would come up with something so absurd that the lunacy of their argument could only be appreciated at ...

Nick Cook
Is it time for a new UK drugs policy?

Is it time for a new UK drugs policy?

HURRICANE BORIS already makes it feel like a lifetime ago. But for a brief period early in the summer, the Conservative Party leadership contest appeared set to become the unlikely catalyst for a fresh national ...

Paul Spare
Do we face climate extinction or self-destruction?

Do we face climate extinction or self-destruction?

THE PRESSURE GROUP Extinction Rebellion has garnered considerable publicity in recent weeks with their demands for policy changes to mitigate Global Warming.  Its demands are very generalised but include the UK economy becoming carbon neutral by ...

Linda Holt
Johnson might yet prove to be Davidson's greatest asset

Johnson might yet prove to be Davidson's greatest asset

WE LIVE IN AN ERA of celebrity politics, 24-hour media, and the relentless flow of comment on social media, where everyone can be a reporter and a pundit, treating the famous as if they were ...

Ewen Stewart
Smear, innuendo and speaking to the gallery

Smear, innuendo and speaking to the gallery

IN THE SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY let’s just say the last three years have been one of partial truth. We all now know what May’s ‘Brexit means Brexit’ really meant and we all now know what ...

Jonathan Stanley
Identity politicians are jumping sharks – so now's the time for ideals to resurface

Identity politicians are jumping sharks – so now's the time for ideals to resurface

SOMETHING HAPPENED this week which shows just what a maelstrom Scottish identity politics finds itself in. Unionism announced it had run out of ideas. This is serious.

We saw yet another pivot-shift ...

Jonathan Stanley
Peterborough was a watershed everyone can learn from

Peterborough was a watershed everyone can learn from

PETERBOROUGH was a watershed by-election. First-off it returned Labour's first out of the closet anti-Semite MP this century and that alone makes for grim reading.

Something else happened though, and it's very ...

Jamie Nugent
Venezuela’s tragedy: the Cuban invasion keeps the regime alive

Venezuela’s tragedy: the Cuban invasion keeps the regime alive

RECENT EVENTS in Venezuela have demonstrated just how difficult it is to remove an established totalitarian regime.  Despite poverty levels of over 90 per cent, widespread hunger and malnutrition, absence of electricity and water supply, ...

James Bundy
Despite the SNP bluster the EU Election proves Nicola Sturgeon’s rhetoric isn’t working

Despite the SNP bluster the EU Election proves Nicola Sturgeon’s rhetoric isn’t working

AT FIRST GLANCE, the EU election results in Scotland look great for the SNP. They managed to gain one more seat – bringing a total tally of three out of six – as well as ...

Linda Holt
Simply having more democracy does not make it better

Simply having more democracy does not make it better

LAST THURSDAY during a sunny walkabout inspecting our potholed infrastructure in Crail, my fellow East Neuk councillor, whom I work well with, asked me about the EU elections. He wore a pained expression and said ...

Jim Ferguson
The case for true independence requires Scotland must vote for Brexit

The case for true independence requires Scotland must vote for Brexit

I TOOK PART in the recent BBC European Parliament election debate. As we entered the studio set, like gladiators walking into an arena, I noticed those around me were strangely quiet, apprehensive one might say. ...