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Tom Gallagher
Sweden and Utopia – divorce proceedings now in full swing

Sweden and Utopia – divorce proceedings now in full swing

THE FUTILITY of Sweden’s fifty-year bid to be a progressive superpower was perhaps well captured by the helpless reaction of Prime Minister Stefan Lotven to serious public disorder on 13 August. After masked assailants in ...

Joshua Curzon
Venezuela’s tragedy: Now as dangerous as war-torn Afghanistan

Venezuela’s tragedy: Now as dangerous as war-torn Afghanistan

FOR THE SECOND YEAR running Venezuela is the world’s most dangerous country. More than 40 per cent of Venezuelans have been victims of robbery or theft, leaving just 17 per cent of Venezuelans feeling ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 8

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 8

HOW TO DEAL with a 2-month-old and the terrible twos? Anyone? We have well and truly entered the dreaded terrible two phase this week. To be honest, I had read about this and been told ...

Jonathan Stanley
Glyphosate risk? Why don’t we enquire ourselves?

Glyphosate risk? Why don’t we enquire ourselves?

THE CONCERNS over the herbicide glyphosate, originally marketed as the brand Roundup, have grown in recent years.

A recent court case has awarded a man hundreds of million of dollars in punitive ...

Tom Gallagher
Sweden and Utopia – divorce proceedings now in full swing

Sweden and Utopia – divorce proceedings now in full swing

THE FUTILITY of Sweden’s fifty-year bid to be a progressive superpower was perhaps well captured by the helpless reaction of Prime Minister Stefan Lotven to serious public disorder on 13 August. After masked assailants ...

Jonathan Stanley
An Amazon Tax! Really? Imagine if Maggie had taxed Argos?

An Amazon Tax! Really? Imagine if Maggie had taxed Argos?

I UNDERSTAND 1979 was a rather tough year. The high street was full of bin bags the unions wouldn't collect. Cheap crinoline skirts, flared jeans and only Mrs Slocum's pussy to console us.

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Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 7

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 7

THANKFULLY we managed to survive a full week without the family helpers. The next challenge however, was to manage an outing with just my two little darlings and me!

This week has ...

Paul Spare
Saving carbon emissions from electric vehicles could be illusory

Saving carbon emissions from electric vehicles could be illusory

THE DROUGHT this summer has kept the issue of global warming and carbon emissions in the public eye.  Road transport is the principal sector where emissions continue to rise and the government has proposed to reduce ...

Robert Kilgour
We should cut the UK's aid budget to fund social care

We should cut the UK's aid budget to fund social care

THERE IS A BOX in the Emirates Stadium that cost £30m. It wasn’t paid for by Arsenal’s owners. It wasn’t paid for by a Russian oligarch. It wasn’t even a retirement gift for Arsene Wenger.

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Jonathan Stanley
Are you local? Edinburgh's charity shops need a thorough clear-out

Are you local? Edinburgh's charity shops need a thorough clear-out

EDINBURGH is a rather special city. There is no other in the UK like it. A capital, a village, a tourist theme park, a financial centre. It has a lot going on and a lot ...

Elizabeth Smith
Cricket was a metaphor for how Alex Fergusson lived his life

Cricket was a metaphor for how Alex Fergusson lived his life

THE FIRST TIME l met Alex Fergusson was in April 1999 when he was one of our candidates in the first Scottish Parliament election campaign.

I had spent most of that month being ...

Stuart Crawford
In praise of older workers

In praise of older workers

ACCORDING TO the Equality Act of 2010, it is illegal in most circumstances to discriminate against an employee, or in an advertisement for a job, on account of age. Yet many recruiters and head-hunters will ...