Today’s Thinking

David Robertson
What the Scottish Government’s defeat on church worship tells us

What the Scottish Government’s defeat on church worship tells us

THE HEADLINES were straightforward.  “Scottish Church leaders celebrate as church ban ruled unlawful’.   The reactions unsurprising.  If you are a lockdown sceptic, you hailed the victory of the brave leaders who took on the government.  If you think ...

Jon Dobinson
 The dystopian campaign of fear must end

The dystopian campaign of fear must end

IT IS NOW A YEAR since the lockdowns began – it is not something we should be celebrating or be proud of. 

As long ago as last summer, the leading mental health ...

Alan Sked
 Why Scotland should beware of the EU

Why Scotland should beware of the EU

LAST WEEK I pointed out the various political delusions that Scots suffer from. Believing Sturgeon can survive is perhaps another one, but that is something we can discuss in a more informed fashion once the ...

Tom Gallagher
 Galloway has lit a fire in Scotland and jealous unionists won’t extinguish it

Galloway has lit a fire in Scotland and jealous unionists won’t extinguish it

IT WOULD BE deeply ironic if, in a Scottish spring that looks like being a momentous one, roles will be swopped by some of the contestants.  The blossoming of pluralism will be encouraged by growing numbers ...

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

The SNP’s 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 ...

Owen Polley
 Never allow separatists to make devolved areas into No-Go ghettoes for the UK Government

Never allow separatists to make devolved areas into No-Go ghettoes for the UK Government

WHEREVER SEPARATISM EXISTS in the UK, you can be sure that it will be nourished by a steady diet of grievance. As far as nationalists are concerned, the authorities at Westminster can do nothing right, ...

Liam Kerr
Freedom of speech trashed, while women go unprotected – not so much #SNPFail as #HolyroodFail

Freedom of speech trashed, while women go unprotected – not so much #SNPFail as #HolyroodFail

LAST THURSDAY I led Scottish Conservative opposition to the SNP’s Hate Crime Bill and called on fellow MSPs to reject this illiberal attack on our human right to free speech.

The Bill ...

Alan Sked
 Five delusions surrounding Scottish nationalism

Five delusions surrounding Scottish nationalism

SCOTLAND is now the only country in the democratic world where conversations at home can bring the intervention of the thought police. Remarkably, not only the Scottish Nationalists voted for this unique state of affairs ...

Tom Gallagher
 I recant about Scottish nationalism… well sort of…

I recant about Scottish nationalism… well sort of…

JUST OVER five years ago, I brought out a book called ‘Scotland Now: A Warning to the World’.

I was chastised for the melodramatic title. Academics in particular disliked it. Far from ...

Ewen Stewart
 A serious alternative to Sunak's tax and spend requires simpler and lower taxes

A serious alternative to Sunak's tax and spend requires simpler and lower taxes

BRITAIN is being slowly strangled.  The Conservative and Labour Parties have increasingly morphed into a bureaucratic establishment who tax, regulate and control with little difference between them. Choice is being curtailed and personal freedom from the ...

Tom Gallagher
 Sturgeon’s mission is division – having split the country she’s now working on her party

Sturgeon’s mission is division – having split the country she’s now working on her party

NICOLA STURGEON’S persistent caginess about what she knew as she was questioned by the parliamentary inquiry examining her administration’s handling of the allegations made against Alex Salmond was a sight to behold.  

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Alan Sked
 The danger of delusion in political posturing: Part two – The Liberals and Labour

The danger of delusion in political posturing: Part two – The Liberals and Labour

THE TWO MAIN opposition parties to the Tories historically have been the Liberals (later Liberal Democrats) and Labour. Their histories are full of delusions and today their greatest one is that they can expect to ...