Today’s Thinking

Brian Monteith
SNP economic policy is taking us backwards to penury, not forwards to prosperity

SNP economic policy is taking us backwards to penury, not forwards to prosperity

THE SCOTTISH ECONOMY is in a desperate state. It has long been lagging behind the UK economy but now the prognosis must be considered as dire. In 2019 Scotland’s GDP was 8 per cent lower that ...

Alan Sked
 Angela Merkel’s green legacy

Angela Merkel’s green legacy

AN EARTHQUAKE on 11 March 2011 caused a tsunami to hit the northeast coast of Japan. 18,500 people are believed to have died following the natural disaster.  

Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power ...

Tom Gallagher
 Unionist party failure opened the door to George Galloway – now they try to shut it

Unionist party failure opened the door to George Galloway – now they try to shut it

THE CENTRE-PIECE of the SNP manifesto released on 15 April turned out not to be a road-map for the next independence referendum; that is being discreetly mothballed. Instead, it was the offer of free stuff in return for ...

ThinkScotland
THE SNP RECORD: good or bad?

THE SNP RECORD: good or bad?

You can download your copy of the report THE SNP RECORD: good or bad? here.

“Scotland has not failed; its leadership has failed”. 

THESE WERE THE WORDS of Alex Salmond, ...

Alan Sked
 The 1820 rising – more Nationalist propaganda masquerading as history

The 1820 rising – more Nationalist propaganda masquerading as history

THE SCOTTISH Language Society last year produced a series of small articles commemorating what it pleased to call ‘Scotland’s last uprising’ of April 1820: ‘Long overshadowed by the publicity given to events in neighbouring England ...

Tom Gallagher
 If the SNP had sense and standards it would praise Prince Philip

If the SNP had sense and standards it would praise Prince Philip

THE DEATH of Prince Philip last Friday, 62 days short of his one hundredth birthday, led to most parties suspending their electoral campaigning in Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon’s brief and rather terse statement after learning the ...

Linda Holt
 George Galloway: a cat among the pigeons?

George Galloway: a cat among the pigeons?

THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT election on May 6 will be like no other in recent Scottish history. Every local, Scottish and UK election for the last ten years has turned on the constitutional question: the Scottish ...

The Dissenter
 Seaspiracy’s overblown rhetoric does not justify inaction at Holyrood

Seaspiracy’s overblown rhetoric does not justify inaction at Holyrood

THE MICHAEL MOORE type docu-activist approach to making a point has never seemed entirely conducive to debate. Gathering together a set of visual ‘facts’ that support your point, broadly disparaging (often misrepresenting) an alternative view, ...

Alan Sked
200 years on, how should we remember Napoleon?

200 years on, how should we remember Napoleon?

MAY 5 THIS YEAR will see the two hundredth anniversary of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte. He is easily the best known Frenchman despite having begun his career as a Corsican nationalist opposed to France. 

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Tom Gallagher
 Political electioneering in Scotland – strictly by invitation only

Political electioneering in Scotland – strictly by invitation only

AT LEAST TWO new parties will be on the ballot paper in the Scottish parliament elections of 6 May, the pro-separation Alba and the anti-separation Alliance for Unity.  Their appearance and ability to gain 6 and ...

Owen Polley
 There’s no demand for a Border Poll in NI, but that doesn’t mean the Union is safe

There’s no demand for a Border Poll in NI, but that doesn’t mean the Union is safe

IN NORTHERN IRELAND, the most reliable opinion polls show consistent support for the Union with Great Britain. So why has overheated chatter about the province’s absorption by the Irish republic barely ceased for five years? ...

Tom Gallagher
 Nationalist liberators at War: Cui Bono?

Nationalist liberators at War: Cui Bono?

THESE ARE STIRRING TIMES for Alex Salmond and internal critics of Nicola Sturgeon’s record as the chief custodian of the nationalist cause in Scotland.  Salmond claims the formation of his Alba party is designed to bring ...