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Jonathan Stanley
The promise of a second EU referendum could shoot the Lib Dem canary

The promise of a second EU referendum could shoot the Lib Dem canary

WE WERE WAITING for the Liberal democrats to jump the shark weren't we? How could they possibly push the Remoan vote even higher following their win in Richmond Park recently? Surely they couldn't be so stupid ...

William Ross
'Europe's last chance' – and why we chose wisely

'Europe's last chance' – and why we chose wisely

IF YOU FORGIVE the absolutely appalling pun, Guy Verhofstadt, (pictured) former PM of Belgium, head of the Europe-wide Liberal Party (acronym ALDI) and chief Brexit negotiator for the EU Parliament, is quite a guy. Amid the ...

Charles Harris
Spring brings new colour to our lives

Spring brings new colour to our lives

SPRING FIRST ARRIVED in the glen of ice and fire with early sunlight and cold days, followed by fierce winds, blown snow.

For days I had happily painted a fiery sun arising under ...

Struan Stevenson
Give Scottish business the tools for the job

Give Scottish business the tools for the job

MARK TWAIN famously said: “Prophesy is a good line of business but it is full of risks.” His comment will resonate with business leaders in Scotland who shudder every time they see a push for ...

Miles Saltiel
What to look out for from the General Election

What to look out for from the General Election

WHILE I WAS SLACKING in sunny Spain over a late Easter break, Theresa May surprised us all by calling the election which I first pushed in A Doctors Mandate five months ago. It turns out ...

Murdo Fraser
The Sturgeon slowdown could be turning into the Sturgeon slump

The Sturgeon slowdown could be turning into the Sturgeon slump

ALL THE EXCITEMENT this week surrounding the announcement of a General Election rather overshadowed proceedings at Holyrood. Nevertheless, the Scottish Conservatives used our debating time to highlight our concerns about the Scottish economy, and in particular ...

Charles Harris
The Ronaldo Portrait: Why do grown men and women put up with this?

The Ronaldo Portrait: Why do grown men and women put up with this?

DEAR FRIENDS, happily the story arrives this time as a result of social media criticism, which obliged the mainstream media to report it too, albeit reluctantly. I refer to the amazement and proper criticism as Cristiano Ronaldo unveiled a supposed ...

Eben Wilson
Collectivist sales patter is not enough for the people of Scotland

Collectivist sales patter is not enough for the people of Scotland

FRANK ZAPPA once said, “Politics is involved with salesmanship. Government is involved with statesmanship”. Scotland, struggling with what its leadership has decided to call a government does not seem to have got this; the rhetoric ...

Jamie Greene
 The Scottish economy will sink if the SNP does not change course

The Scottish economy will sink if the SNP does not change course

ONCE AGAIN this week in the Scottish Parliament my Conservative colleagues and I brought forward a motion on the worrying trend of the Scottish economy.  A subject, like its failings in education, which the Scottish ...

Jonathan Stanley
A snap election? Triangulation will save Brexit and strengthen the union

A snap election? Triangulation will save Brexit and strengthen the union

WELL I WASN'T EXPECTING THAT. Which is odd because every ingredient is there but I took the PM at her word that, "now is not the time." Ah well, maybe I'm confusing that with her shutting ...

Charles Harris
The erosion of our values needs challenged at every level

The erosion of our values needs challenged at every level

I should like to mention a tribute to those who unfairly suffered in the extremist tragedy at Westminster, and I hope our prayers are heard for those who are still suffering, or lost in grief. 

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Miles Saltiel
Remainers suffering seven stages of grief before reality bites

Remainers suffering seven stages of grief before reality bites

I HAVE always thought that the chances of successful Article 50 negotiations were less than 50-50: a good General Election victory for Theresa May will help strengthen her hand but that outcome is by no means certain; by December ...