Today’s Thinking

Jonathan Stanley
The Withdrawal Agreement will be no easy lesion to resect

The Withdrawal Agreement will be no easy lesion to resect

CALOR, Rubor, Dolor, Tumor.  The new Leader of the House Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg would of course know the meaning of these four words famous in medicine.  He would also appreciate my double spacing after full ...

Jonathan Stanley
Boris has taken the bull by the horns. Can he stay on?

Boris has taken the bull by the horns. Can he stay on?

CONGRATULATIONS to the new Prime Minister and commiserations to his opponent, whmo I reluctantly voted for instead. It was a hard fought leadership contest, the closest we have had for 14 years to a real ...

Jonathan Stanley
Is minimum alcohol pricing killing drug addicts?

Is minimum alcohol pricing killing drug addicts?

THIS WEEK saw the publication of data showing yet another dramatic increase in drug related deaths in Scotland. A 25 per cent increase in two years. The SNP did their usual sociopathic rejection of responsibility ...

Jill Stephenson
The Citizens’ Assembly and its questionable function

The Citizens’ Assembly and its questionable function

DENIED IN 2014 their sole and obsessive aim of separating Scotland from the rest of the UK, the SNP leadership has since come up with a variety of wheezes, ostensibly to gauge popular opinion on ...

Elizabeth Smith
Damaging discrimination at the core of SNP medical student policy

Damaging discrimination at the core of SNP medical student policy

ON MONDAY, at the start of the first week of the Holyrood recess when the Scottish Government hoped no-one would be looking, we learnt that medical students who come from the rest of the UK ...

Jonathan Stanley
Istanbul: Did the 54 per cent know what they were voting for?

Istanbul: Did the 54 per cent know what they were voting for?

WHEN INCONVENIENT FACTS become visible nationalists suddenly fall silent…

Bute House has so far, surprisingly, been very quiet over one of the the largest elections in Europe this year. Maybe the fact ...

Joshua Curzon
Venezuela's tragedy: spreading terrorism?

Venezuela's tragedy: spreading terrorism?

EARLIER THIS YEAR the ELN (National Liberation Army of Colombia), a far-left Colombian terrorist group, killed 29 innocent people and wounded 68 more in a vehicle bomb suicide attack on the Police ...

James Bundy
President Trump’s State visit was a personal success

President Trump’s State visit was a personal success

THE VISIT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP to the United Kingdom was always going to be entertaining for some and controversial for others. Before he was even in the United Kingdom, the President got involved in domestic ...

James Bundy
Scotland and the Union should be at the centre of the Conservative Party leadership contest

Scotland and the Union should be at the centre of the Conservative Party leadership contest

IT IS NO SURPRISE that our departure from the European Union has dominated the discussion surrounding who becomes the next leader of the Conservative Party. It is the biggest political issue of our time and ...

Brian Monteith
Scottish Conservatives face humiliation because they never courted Leave voters

Scottish Conservatives face humiliation because they never courted Leave voters

IF THE RUNES are right Ruth Davidson’s version of how a modern Conservative Party should look is about to suffer an embarrassing humiliation at the hands of the Scottish electorate in this week’s European elections.

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Jamie Nugent
Venezuela's tragedy: Chavez and Maduro screw the workers

Venezuela's tragedy: Chavez and Maduro screw the workers

THE CONTEMPT of Chavez and his followers for the organised working class can be seen clearly in the fate of Ciudad Guyana, Venezuela’s industrial heartland.  A hub of giant steel mills, coal and bauxite mines, ...

Murdo Fraser
The “return to sender” government

The “return to sender” government

IT IS SOMETHING of an article of faith for the current SNP Government that it continually demands more powers to be transferred to Holyrood from Westminster. Whatever the issue, the economy, the public services, or ...