Today’s Thinking

Linda Holt
Sturgeon Watch: When the political is the personal

Sturgeon Watch: When the political is the personal

“Oh, what guid are the poor me’s now?”

THIS IS THE EXASPERATED QUESTION Agnes Bain's mother puts to her drunken daughter when she seeks solace in a can of lager at her ...

Ewen Stewart
Budget reaction: style triumphs over substance

Budget reaction: style triumphs over substance

YESTERDAY’s budget was a presentational victory over substance.  The Chancellor scattered more sweeties around, £60bn of them to be precise – tax rises were less than flagged and there was a series of bungs. From a ...

Owen Polley
 Will British decency eventually kill the UK?

Will British decency eventually kill the UK?

IN BRITAIN, we are generally proud of our reputation for tolerance, fair-mindedness and moderation. These attitudes, which some people argue are under attack, can be virtues, but do they make us vulnerable too? Can qualities ...

Alan Sked
 The danger of delusion in political posturing: Part two – Britain under the Tories

The danger of delusion in political posturing: Part two – Britain under the Tories

‘POLITICAL PARTIES are machines designed to gain, regain or retain power. The most successful ones, naturally, have the job of retaining power, which means that they usually win elections and are prone therefore to campaign ...

Tom Gallagher
 Hanging by a thread, could Nicola Sturgeon be trapped in political purgatory of her own making?

Hanging by a thread, could Nicola Sturgeon be trapped in political purgatory of her own making?

WITH THE EXCEPTION of devolution-minded academics annoyed with Nicola Sturgeon for letting down progressive Scotland by behaving like a Westminster ogre, those who wish the First Minister to depart are maybe not so plentiful in ...

Tom Gallagher
 Has the hour of the SNP’s circular firing squad finally arrived?

Has the hour of the SNP’s circular firing squad finally arrived?

AS SHE FACES a showdown this week with the man whom she bizarrely turned on after he placed her on the path to political stardom, Nicola Sturgeon is fighting for survival on multiple fronts.

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Gordon Dean
 Scotland’s best growth industry under the SNP – POVERTY!

Scotland’s best growth industry under the SNP – POVERTY!

THE SNP HAS FAILED to tackle poverty in Scotland, which has become appreciably worse under the Salmond-Sturgeon administrations. While poverty rates had been steadily declining in Scotland for many years, once the SNP took over ...

Alan Sked
 The danger of delusion in political posturing: Part one – World Government

The danger of delusion in political posturing: Part one – World Government

I WAS ASKED recently by a publisher to review a manuscript on the theory of international relations. Its author used a comparison of the ideas of the two Renaissance Florentine writers and near contemporaries, Machiavelli ...

Owen Polley
 Scotland’s lucky not to be suffering like Northern Ireland – but it’s no thanks to the SNP

Scotland’s lucky not to be suffering like Northern Ireland – but it’s no thanks to the SNP

REMEMBER how the SNP asserted that Scotland should have a relationship with the EU mirroring Northern Ireland’s Brexit deal? Whatever happened to that argument? It’s gone very quiet lately. 

In the Daily Record

Tom Gallagher
 Do the demons Sturgeon wrestles with originate in a 2014 Rally?

Do the demons Sturgeon wrestles with originate in a 2014 Rally?

HISTORIANS MAY YET conclude that it all began to go wrong for the SNP when, on 22 November 2014, 12,000 people crowded into Scotland’s main events venue, the Hydro in Glasgow, to hail the newly-elected ...

Alex Story
 Trump acquitted – but the Democrats ain’t finished yet

Trump acquitted – but the Democrats ain’t finished yet

THE EMBERS of Constitutional Democracy still glow in the USA – just. A two-thirds majority of the 100 US Senators was required for an “Incitement to Insurrection” conviction. The Democrats fell short 10 votes. President ...

Liam Kerr
Only and independent inquiry on malicious prosecutions of Rangers administrators can have credibility

Only and independent inquiry on malicious prosecutions of Rangers administrators can have credibility

LAST WEEK, Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser called a debate, demanding a public inquiry into the “malicious prosecutions” of two administrators of Rangers FC.

In his opening remarks he used the word ...