Today’s Thinking

Jonathan Stanley
Have Scotland’s blood cancer patients had their lives cut short?

Have Scotland’s blood cancer patients had their lives cut short?

ONE CASUALTY of Humza Yousaf's obsession with limiting criticism of his government was the use of emergency powers to make it difficult to gather data from public bodies using Freedom of Information Act requests. ...

Stuart Waiton
The Hate Crime Bill will create more hate, not less

The Hate Crime Bill will create more hate, not less

THE LATEST attack on freedoms in Scotland comes in the form of the newly proposed Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. 

It is no exaggeration to say the bill, if passed ...

Tom Gallagher
An upside-down world: the bellicose democrat and temperate dictator

An upside-down world: the bellicose democrat and temperate dictator

ANTÓNIO SALAZAR guided Portugal’s destiny for nearly forty years but remains an enigmatic and little-studied figure.  I decided to devote a year to trying to explore the reasons for the durability in power of a ...

Victor Clements
What is your story? Should you not tell it?

What is your story? Should you not tell it?

JUST RECENTLY, those in favour of independence in Scotland have been encouraged to “tell stories”. The implication of this is that stories are necessary because the facts in this debate favour the other side. ...

Victor Clements
Why are our pro-union politicians so useless?

Why are our pro-union politicians so useless?

THIS QUESTION occurred to me while attending the excellent These Islands conference way back in March before the Coronavirus pandemic befell us all.

We all know that the pro-independence campaign lost ...

Tom Gallagher
Trump would be vindicated if he chooses one term only

Trump would be vindicated if he chooses one term only

I NEVER BASED my evaluation of Donald Trump as America’s 45th President solely on the basis of his jarring personality. I was comfortable with his readiness to overturn convention and go hard against his 2016 ...

Liam Kerr
Emergency laws are no time for political hobby-horses

Emergency laws are no time for political hobby-horses

SINCE THE START of lockdown, over three months ago, the Scottish Parliament passed two “emergency” Coronavirus Bills. The first Bill passed all three stages in one day. The second in a week. 

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Tom Gallagher
Is there a journalist who could write Flashman today?

Is there a journalist who could write Flashman today?

THE HERALD NEWSPAPER in Glasgow is reticent about the fact that its deputy editor in the 1960s later went on to be a master story-teller whose novels sold millions, many remaining in print today. 

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Tom Gallagher
Is England’s difficulty Scotland’s opportunity?

Is England’s difficulty Scotland’s opportunity?

IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN if anyone will write a book about our recent discontents that is as compelling a read as one written by George Dangerfield in 1935 and called The Strange Death of ...

Tom Gallagher
Sturgeon's Scotland offers a model for America’s enemies of freedom and order

Sturgeon's Scotland offers a model for America’s enemies of freedom and order

ON BOTH SIDES of the Atlantic, two sets of agitators are indulging in victimhood. Their aim is to try and acquire or consolidate power.

In the United States left-wing radicals are exploiting ...

Neil Stratton
Scottish Conservative & Unionist? What’s in a name?

Scottish Conservative & Unionist? What’s in a name?

CONCERNED that during this lockdown its readers, their children and their children’s children might be suffering academic deprivation, Think Scotland has come up with its very own essay question.

Proposition: The current ...

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 ...