Today’s Thinking

Jonathan Stanley
She's not the Madonna, she's a very nippy sweetie

She's not the Madonna, she's a very nippy sweetie

IT IS AN ODD THING to live through a crisis. One expects it to be sudden, and then over as quickly. The truth is just like with the financial crash of 2008, the 2020 Covid-19 ...

Linda Holt
Boris’s gamble

Boris’s gamble

AS I WRITE, I have no idea if Dominic Cummings will eventually fall on his sword, deciding à la Alastair Campbell that the advisor has to go when he becomes the story. 

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Tom Gallagher
Sturgeon’s Intolerance of dissenting views is not entirely bad

Sturgeon’s Intolerance of dissenting views is not entirely bad

THANKS TO A VOTE by the Scottish parliament on 19 May, some transparency has been restored to the workings of the devolved administration. Severe curbs on freedom of information that were hastily introduced by Nicola ...

Ewen Stewart
'Stay Alert?' Johnson trusts the people – Sturgeon does not

'Stay Alert?' Johnson trusts the people – Sturgeon does not

THE UNEASY STAND-OFF did not last long. The First Minister of Scotland seems not to know what ‘stay alert’ means and has made it very clear those living in Scotland should “stay home,” with unsubtle ...

Victor Clements
 Nurses and farmers should define our futures, not unionists and nationalists

Nurses and farmers should define our futures, not unionists and nationalists

WITH ALL that is going on in the world, to think that there are still people in Scotland talking about the constitution is just pathetic, and shows just how shallow our politics and those who ...

Eben Wilson
Universally Based Indifference will not help the poor.

Universally Based Indifference will not help the poor.

NICOLA STURGEON has suggested that a Universal Basic Income may be an idea whose time has come.  Actually, it’s more probable that it’s another bandwagon she’s realised it would be good to jump on. UBI is, ...

Tom Gallagher
The retreat of reason accelerates in Scotland

The retreat of reason accelerates in Scotland

THE GRIM TRUTH about politics in Scotland for at least twenty years is that it disproportionately attracts  destructive people (warriors or else those unable to promote improvement) rather than builders or visionaries.  Office holders predominate who achieve ...

Jonathan Stanley
Bunker down for the Contango Fandango that Scotland's missing out on

Bunker down for the Contango Fandango that Scotland's missing out on

OIL HAS TAKEN QUITE A BEATING in recent weeks. A rollercoaster of policy gaffes by Washington and European countries has seen oil demand slump from Covid-19's forced shutdown of the global economy while the Saudis ...

Tom Gallagher
As long as Tories underestimate the ruthlessness of their foes, Britain is in peril

As long as Tories underestimate the ruthlessness of their foes, Britain is in peril

NEVER IN ITS HISTORY has the European Union been faced with a crisis of such gravity as now, owing to the coronavirus exacerbating the systemic failings of the single currency. But, at the same time, ...

Tom Gallagher
Community peace is a casualty of Sturgeon’s type of rule

Community peace is a casualty of Sturgeon’s type of rule

NICOLA STURGEON has pulled off the feat of shrinking the size of the Scottish political stage in order to accommodate her own needs as a ruler. Most decisions are taken with a single, overriding calculation ...

Jonathan Stanley
Covid-19 is opening a Pandora's Box on race relations in the NHS

Covid-19 is opening a Pandora's Box on race relations in the NHS

IT HAS NOT ESCAPED THE ATTENTION of anyone who has worked in healthcare that there is a devastating impact being suffered by NHS staff from Covid-19. There are doctors and nurses, and auxiliaries dying. There ...

Tom Gallagher
Labour and the SNP plot amidst Downing Street’s titanic struggle

Labour and the SNP plot amidst Downing Street’s titanic struggle

THE EASY VICTORY in the Labour leadership contest obtained by 58-year-old Keir Starmer on 4 April was only really noticed by the media classes. They are easily the noisiest and most visible branch of the clerisy, a term ...