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Murdo Fraser
Visiting Brussels is enough to make anyone a Brexiteer

Visiting Brussels is enough to make anyone a Brexiteer

ALTHOUGH I was in favour of remaining in the EU, I have never been a particular fan of the European project. It always seemed to me that there was a self-perpetuating bureaucracy in Brussels which ...

Jamie Nugent
Venezuela’s tragedy: appalling healthcare going from bad to worse

Venezuela’s tragedy: appalling healthcare going from bad to worse

HUGO CHAVEZ talked a lot about caring for the poor and sick, enshrining the right to free healthcare in the constitution and spending large sums on importing Cuban doctors into new healthcare facilities. 

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Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 13

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 13

WELL, IT’S OFFICIAL! I’ve been outsmarted by a two-year-old. My mistake? Treating my toddler like he has the intelligence of a baby. He’s not a baby – he’s a toddler! Boss baby doesn’t even have ...

Owen Polley
Irish border? Ditch the dogma – do the deal

Irish border? Ditch the dogma – do the deal

IN THE IMAGINATION of remainers, the Tory European Research Group is a cadre of irreconcilable Brexit ultras, determined to wrench the UK from the EU in chaotic fashion. It’s ironic then, that the ERG’s latest ...

Brian Monteith
Chequers could cost Welsh Conservatives five MPs in a general election

Chequers could cost Welsh Conservatives five MPs in a general election

IT’S NOT JUST IN SCOTLAND that Conservatives face a humiliating rejection over Theresa May’s Chequers policy. The same goes for Wales too.

The Welsh Conservatives face a humiliating loss of five MPs ...

Stuart Waiton
Those leading the anti-smacking campaign are outside the real world of families

Those leading the anti-smacking campaign are outside the real world of families

THE DISCUSSION around banning smacking is highly confused. John Finnie who is proposing the bill equates smacking children with domestic abuse. While severe smacking or punishment is already illegal, his bill will outlaw mild smacking ...

Charles Harris
The sad truth about Pablo Picasso and the need for true standards

The sad truth about Pablo Picasso and the need for true standards

DEAR READERS, It has been some time since I have last written. My apologies. The delay, and an inability to the find the time, were caused directly by my work outside in the challenging Scottish weather last Winter. We did not experience a ...

Aaron Brown
Fishing entitlement must be reformed if communities are to boom following Brexit

Fishing entitlement must be reformed if communities are to boom following Brexit

FISHING FOR LEAVE welcomes some areas of the UK Government's fisheries White Paper more than others. One thing we are adamant that must be fulfilled is that all repatriated resources are held as a national ...

Brian Monteith
Chequers could cost Scots Tories eleven MPs in a general election

Chequers could cost Scots Tories eleven MPs in a general election

SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVES face a humiliating loss of as many as eleven MPs if the UK government does not accept its proposed Chequers Deal fails to deliver the Brexit voters were expecting. 

That ...

Alastair Orr
No sweet music as government turns a deaf ear to policy failure

No sweet music as government turns a deaf ear to policy failure

THE FUTURE OF INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL TUITION in Scotland's schools has been grabbing headlines and occupying the attention of politicians in recent months. Decisions by local councils to end free music tuition, or to greatly ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies - Week 12

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies - Week 12

SLEEPLESS NIGHTS, tears and strops. No, I’m not talking about my kids – that’s me! D-Day for Jamie and I finally arrived on Friday. The day I had to leave him for a couple of ...

Eben Wilson
Grievance Scotland will soon have its own quango

Grievance Scotland will soon have its own quango

TRYING TO SWIM through the treacle of Scottish Government policy pronouncements can sometimes feel like an out-of-body experience. While trying to give our politicians the benefit of the doubt that they have something valuable to ...