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Linda Holt
Boris’s gamble

Boris’s gamble

AS I WRITE, I have no idea if Dominic Cummings will eventually fall on his sword, deciding à la Alastair Campbell that the advisor has to go when he becomes the story. 

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Tom Gallagher
Cummings: Media plays the man while ignoring the lockdown rules

Cummings: Media plays the man while ignoring the lockdown rules

A SENSIBLE and tenacious media is often critical in saving countries when threatened by an assault on democratic institutions. But an irresponsible and demagogic media can also imperil the freedom of countries, even ones ...

Alan Grant
ThinkMovies – Quentin Tarantino's five best distractions for lockdown

ThinkMovies – Quentin Tarantino's five best distractions for lockdown

LIKE ANY male movie geek who grew up on a steady diet of movies he was far too young to see, I have a real soft spot, and perhaps a blindspot, for one Quentin Tarantino. 

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Allan Sutherland
Scotland needs a shake-up – why not produce our own Beveridge reports?

Scotland needs a shake-up – why not produce our own Beveridge reports?

CONSIDER THIS…

"After this crisis is over, people may well be in the mood for radical change in Scotland. We need to be sure (insert party name) is the party of radical ...

Tom Gallagher
Sturgeon’s Intolerance of dissenting views is not entirely bad

Sturgeon’s Intolerance of dissenting views is not entirely bad

THANKS TO A VOTE by the Scottish parliament on 19 May, some transparency has been restored to the workings of the devolved administration. Severe curbs on freedom of information that were hastily introduced by Nicola ...

Dr Angela Anderson
Responding to Covid-19 – the way forward

Responding to Covid-19 – the way forward

COVID-19 caught virtually all governments and health systems across the world unawares. Leaders seeking to cover their missteps are at pains to emphasize that the pandemic’s progression has been a steep learning curve for all ...

Emma Hargan
Cycle one complete, my parent fails & Alexa back in the good books!

Cycle one complete, my parent fails & Alexa back in the good books!

The Mummy Diaries

IT’S BEEN a couple of weeks since my last blog. I’d like to give you a better excuse other than I just didn’t have time, but I can’t. I ...

Neil Stratton
Fishing with Norway – do the Northern Agreements benefit Scotland and the UK?

Fishing with Norway – do the Northern Agreements benefit Scotland and the UK?

THE EU HAS SIGNED so-called Northern Agreements with Norway, the Faroe Islands and Iceland to allow its fleets to fish in their waters in return for the right of the other party’s fleet to ...

Ewen Stewart
'Stay Alert?' Johnson trusts the people – Sturgeon does not

'Stay Alert?' Johnson trusts the people – Sturgeon does not

THE UNEASY STAND-OFF did not last long. The First Minister of Scotland seems not to know what ‘stay alert’ means and has made it very clear those living in Scotland should “stay home,” with unsubtle ...

Tom Gallagher
Urban freedoms are being menaced by determined extremists

Urban freedoms are being menaced by determined extremists

LAST WEEK the libertarian politician Douglas Carswell came near to admitting that decentralisation measures introduced in Britain over the last twenty years had gone badly awry.  He tweeted:

“Let’s be honest, it’s not ...

Stuart Crawford
Musings of a REAL Tank Commander – Part 8 Drinking on the job and getting singed

Musings of a REAL Tank Commander – Part 8 Drinking on the job and getting singed

IT’S HIGH TIME I talked about the boys. Other Scottish regiments might have called them the Jocks, but to us in the 4 RTR Officers’ Mess they were always “the boys”. And they still are, ...

Jill Stephenson
Bridge Over Troublesome virus - playing bridge in the pandemic

Bridge Over Troublesome virus - playing bridge in the pandemic

I DON’T TEND to find myself with time on my hands. There is always plenty to do – I could, after all be tidying my two studies and spare bedroom, but I’d rather do anything ...