Today’s Thinking

Jamie Nugent
Venezuela's tragedy: Enrichment has been for the few, not the many

Venezuela's tragedy: Enrichment has been for the few, not the many

THERE IS A MYTH that as president the late Hugo Chavez reduced poverty in Venezuela. That he helped the poorest at the expense of the rich. It is untrue. Venezuela has, under his and his ...

Murdo Fraser
Arguments for assisted suicide need answered

Arguments for assisted suicide need answered

THIS WEEK the “Dignity in Dying” campaign launched a new bid to change the law around assisted suicide. A Cross Party Group of MSPs wrote to The Sunday Times  making the case for reform, highlighting ...

Miles Saltiel
Will we see an end-state for Brexit at last?

Will we see an end-state for Brexit at last?

THIS AFTERNOON, the Commons is to consider alternative options for Brexit including various end-states, that is the Customs Union, a Single Market, Canada, Norway, “Common Market 2.0” etc; as well as various resolution processes, that ...

Jonathan Stanley
There's no 'I' in team for our dear leader

There's no 'I' in team for our dear leader

INEPT, incongruent, inciteful, individualistic, irreverent, indefatigable, irascible, iniquitous, inaccurate, inpertinent, indecisive, ignoble, irrational, ignorant, intolerant, invidious, incompetent, invertebrate.

Say what you like about our Prime Minister Theresa May, she certainly puts the ...

Brian Monteith
New polling suggests Brexit Party is set to reap the voters’ wrath

New polling suggests Brexit Party is set to reap the voters’ wrath

ANOTHER PARLIAMENTARY vote, another assault on British democracy.  It is shameful that such a sentence has to be written, but there it is.  With the two main parties failing to honour the referendum will the British people ...

Jill Stephenson
The Arrogance of those in power too long

The Arrogance of those in power too long

WE HAVE SEEN THEM in various countries: the leaders who hang onto power for too long. Francisco Franco in Spain was a case in point, as Caudillo, head of his authoritarian regime from the civil war ...

Murdo Fraser
The SNP's Gilet Jaune wildcat has escaped

The SNP's Gilet Jaune wildcat has escaped

IT ALL SEEMED like such a great idea at the time. Faced with what they believed to be an intransigent Spanish Government, the separatist administration in Catalonia decided in 2017 to hold a referendum on ...

Jonathan Stanley
The SNP's currency would bring us mortgage madness

The SNP's currency would bring us mortgage madness

THE 1980S were a rollercoaster for many in Britain. Interest rates were routinely above 10 per cent and mortgage owners dreaded negative equity as much as a Soviet invasion, at least one of them was ...

James Bundy
We should reject compulsory by-elections for MPs who defect

We should reject compulsory by-elections for MPs who defect

DISCUSSION SURROUNDING compulsory by-elections for MPs who defect from the party whose platform they were elected upon has recently restarted after the defection of 11 MPs to the newly-formed, ‘The Independent Group’ (TIG). People have ...

Jamie Gillies
Holyrood smacking ban is nanny-statism dressed up as children’s rights

Holyrood smacking ban is nanny-statism dressed up as children’s rights

THE SNP GOVERNMENT has pledged to support a Bill to ban parental smacking, brought forward by Green MSP John Finnie.

His legislation, the virtuous-sounding Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill, is ...

Liam Kerr
SNP's soft-touch sentencing is no justice for the victims

SNP's soft-touch sentencing is no justice for the victims

THE SNP GOVERNMENT has confirmed it will introduce an order, which will effectively ban judges from handing out prison sentences of less than a year. 

This is an alarming policy, particularly at ...

Murdo Fraser
Questions just keep piling up on the car park tax

Questions just keep piling up on the car park tax

IT HARDLY SEEMS POSSIBLE that even more confusion could be created around the proposed SNP-Green “Car Park Tax”, but events this week have just muddied the waters still further.

The new Workplace ...