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Kenneth Morton
The First Minister has let herself and Scotland down – and must go

The First Minister has let herself and Scotland down – and must go

YESTERDAY must have come as an eye-opener to many Scots, not just those unhappy with our SNP Government, but also to many SNP supporters and even some ardent but open-minded Nicola Sturgeon fans. 

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Max Young
 Austerity isn’t dead – it lives on in the SNP’s failure in pandemic support

Austerity isn’t dead – it lives on in the SNP’s failure in pandemic support

ON 25 FEBRUARY Stephen Boyle, Scotland’s Auditor General, released his latest report on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. He noted that the Scottish Government had received an extra £9.7 billion from the UK Government ...

Max Young
 The SNP fails again – Scottish homeless death rate three times worse than England's

The SNP fails again – Scottish homeless death rate three times worse than England's

IT ONLY TAKES a few scratches for the SNP’s progressive sheen to begin wearing away. Beneath it, an ugly truth – the nationalist party is unconcerned with providing basic standards for the people it claims ...

Catherine McBride
 Financial nationalism means being closed, financial patriotism requires being open

Financial nationalism means being closed, financial patriotism requires being open

MANY PEOPLE get upset when a company established in Scotland or the UK is sold to a foreign investor, even if there is no loss of jobs or investment. They often demand the government must ...

The Dissenter
Why Ireland's economic model doesn't help Scottish separatism

Why Ireland's economic model doesn't help Scottish separatism

MUCH OF the Republic of Ireland’s support for the EU in recent Brexit negotiations was smothered in barely disguised Anglophobia. 

A feature of this was the promotion of a healthy and wealthy ...

Jill Stephenson
 Flags, more flags, everyone’s flags – except our own

Flags, more flags, everyone’s flags – except our own

FLAGS have long been emotive emblems. From 1789 and throughout the nineteenth century, the warring sides in France were recognisable by their respective flags, the fleur-de-lys for conservative, clerical monarchists and the blue-white-red tricolour for ...

Derek Winton
 The Imperial Model revisited – did we take a wrong turn into Lockdown?

The Imperial Model revisited – did we take a wrong turn into Lockdown?

HISTORIANS are sure to pore over this ‘unprecedented’ period for centuries to come. It is my belief that in the fullness of time, they will come to regard our response to the Sars-CoV-2 virus as ...

Liam Kerr
 Prosecution for what you say in your own home remains likely in Scotland

Prosecution for what you say in your own home remains likely in Scotland

PRESUMABLY, when the SNP Government set out to toughen up the law in relation to hate crime, it wasn’t the intention to criminalise conversations over the dinner table. 

Just like it probably ...

Jonathan Stanley
 The gestures of jesters – Labour's £15-an-hour pledge is the abdication of government

The gestures of jesters – Labour's £15-an-hour pledge is the abdication of government

THERE ARE TWO ways to fight elections. One is to pose sincerely an alternative vision for the country, to contest the throne of government and to promise a better kingdom from kicking out the old ...

Christine Padgham
Locked up for no reason? There is a fundamental problem of mass screening for Covid

Locked up for no reason? There is a fundamental problem of mass screening for Covid

AS A BLOSSOMING lockdown sceptic, I developed a big problem in the summer, which has tortured me since – this does not feel like an exaggeration. It must have been the 14th July I had ...

Allan Sutherland
 Branding Scotland’s mainstream majority as ultra-unionism is a separatist slur

Branding Scotland’s mainstream majority as ultra-unionism is a separatist slur

LAST FEBRUARY Colin McKay of STV described a conference in Newcastle run by that mildest of pro-UK campaign groups, These Islands, as “ultra unionist ….mostly male and not much youth  on show”

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Jonathan Stanley
 Nikita Sturgeon’s Porridgeburo drops a Cherry bomb too hot to handle

Nikita Sturgeon’s Porridgeburo drops a Cherry bomb too hot to handle

IT HAD TO HAPPEN eventually. A Stalinist party machine has disappeared an erudite Trotskyist. The ice pick was swung in the dark, no press release from a party that wastes no second attacking others.  

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