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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 ...

Linda Holt
Johnson might yet prove to be Davidson's greatest asset

Johnson might yet prove to be Davidson's greatest asset

WE LIVE IN AN ERA of celebrity politics, 24-hour media, and the relentless flow of comment on social media, where everyone can be a reporter and a pundit, treating the famous as if they were ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 54

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 54

WELL, ANOTHER WEEK and thankfully the aliens haven’t returned for Jamie. It’s been a much better week. Jamie has been on much better form – probably because I’ve been keeping him so busy he hasn’t ...

Miles Saltiel
How the Brexit  interregnum becomes a roller-coaster

How the Brexit interregnum becomes a roller-coaster

UNTIL TUESDAY 23 JULY when the Tories announce their decision, we are stuck in an interregnum. May’s spending commitments have scant purchase upon her successor; her ribbon-cutting on the world stage counts for similarly round ...

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 ...

Ewen Stewart
Smear, innuendo and speaking to the gallery

Smear, innuendo and speaking to the gallery

IN THE SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY let’s just say the last three years have been one of partial truth. We all now know what May’s ‘Brexit means Brexit’ really meant and we all now know what ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 53

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 53

WHEN YOU HEAR the words ‘Uh Oh’ from the next room. This can mean anything from retrieving a toy dropped down the back of the sofa to possibly having to change our identities and move ...

Calum Miller
Exposing the truth about Scottish exports

Exposing the truth about Scottish exports

SORRY, but we need to talk about Scottish exports. The stuff we throw over our border is being used by all political parties to bounce us into supporting their positions on Brexit. Project fear is ...

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 ...

Jonathan Stanley
Identity politicians are jumping sharks – so now's the time for ideals to resurface

Identity politicians are jumping sharks – so now's the time for ideals to resurface

SOMETHING HAPPENED this week which shows just what a maelstrom Scottish identity politics finds itself in. Unionism announced it had run out of ideas. This is serious.

We saw yet another pivot-shift ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 52

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 52

THE FIRST WEEK BACK to the old routine after our lovely holiday. I absolutely love going on holidays but I also love coming home too. Two weeks of sun, eating bbq’s, ice creams and as ...

Linda Holt
Austerity? How the SNP holds back Westminster funding

Austerity? How the SNP holds back Westminster funding

AS THE CHANCES of a no-deal Brexit on October 31st grow inexorably, COSLA, the Council of Scottish Local Authorities, has just announced that the Scottish Government is awarding £1.6 million to councils for “resilience work” ...