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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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Michelle Ballantyne
 We have to end the culture of fear to save young people's lives

We have to end the culture of fear to save young people's lives

I HAVE been thinking about fear a lot recently and the power that it has to alter and control peoples’ behaviour.  

At the beginning of the week when I switched on my ...

Max Young
 The SNP’s creation of a single state police force has failed us

The SNP’s creation of a single state police force has failed us

ON THE 7TH OF AUGUST 2012, the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act received royal assent. It was the most radical step yet taken in public sector reform and served as the SNP’s flagship justice ...

Michelle Ballantyne
 Britain united against Covid is better than Scotland divided against itself

Britain united against Covid is better than Scotland divided against itself

WHEN AN UNEXPECTED virus has wrought pain and suffering across the land, leaving many families grieving; when the Government response has caused the economy to go into reverse, with uncertainty and unemployment hanging over millions ...

Alan Sked
 Boris should stick to his own best instincts, refuse a referendum and face Sturgeon down

Boris should stick to his own best instincts, refuse a referendum and face Sturgeon down

ACCORDING to a Sunday newspaper faith in Britain is disintegrating although its polling figures are not as alarming as they seem. They indicate that 49 per cent of Scots would vote for independence, 44 per ...

Linda Holt
The First Minister’s Freudian slip

The First Minister’s Freudian slip

AT THIS WEEK'S First Minister's Questions, the LibDem leader Willie Rennie had his customary go at Nicola Sturgeon about testing. This time he focussed on the 50,000 PCR tests that go unused each day, ...

Dr Bruce Halliday
 Is the NHS really British?

Is the NHS really British?

IS THE NHS BRITISH? I ask because early one morning recently I tweeted that opinion. Concluding with the bold declaration that a vote for the SNP was a vote to leave the NHS.  

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Max Young
 Madurovirus & Coronavirus: Venezuela’s hell-on-earth experience of 2020

Madurovirus & Coronavirus: Venezuela’s hell-on-earth experience of 2020

THE SITUATION in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela was far from pretty on the eve of Coronavirus’s arrival in Latin America. Struggling through the worst economic crisis of any country in peacetime, five million ...

Jonathan Saxty
 The struggle for Brexit continues

The struggle for Brexit continues

BREXHAUSTED though many of us are – and happy to get the trade deal over the finish line as we might be – hear this: those of us who genuinely believe in democracy and sovereignty ...

Ewen Stewart
 A new hope for Britain, a new hope for Scotland

A new hope for Britain, a new hope for Scotland

THIS IS THE TIME to stand up and be counted. Our society and way of life is under attack like never before at so many levels and in ways that would have seemed totally improbable ...