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Brian Monteith
The SNP is wrong. There has been no material change in circumstances

The SNP is wrong. There has been no material change in circumstances

THERE CAN only be one reason the SNP can justify demanding a second independence referendum and that is to demonstrate that there has been a material change in the circumstances of Scotland’s relationship with the ...

Murdo Fraser
Sturgeon needs to show leadership on language

Sturgeon needs to show leadership on language

IF EVER there were an advertisement against a second independence referendum, it was this week’s Scottish Parliament debate on the subject. Running over two days, it was a dismal and depressing spectacle, with MSPs from ...

Vivian Linacre
First was FAITH, followed by BELIEF, then KNOWLEDGE, until finally AWARENESS

First was FAITH, followed by BELIEF, then KNOWLEDGE, until finally AWARENESS

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. These are things we don’t ...

William Ross
 Clash of the dreadnoughts: Is Theresa May Admiral Jellicoe to Nicola Sturgeon's Scheer?

Clash of the dreadnoughts: Is Theresa May Admiral Jellicoe to Nicola Sturgeon's Scheer?

Or alternatively: Ten Thoughts from an SNP 'Leaver'...

THE LAST TWO weeks have seen a British political Battle of Jutland break out between Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon. This is high stakes ...

Brian Monteith
Reasons to leave the single market [5]: the Dutch Auction of our taxes

Reasons to leave the single market [5]: the Dutch Auction of our taxes

WHILE MOST PEOPLE – irrespective of their political leanings – are disgusted with the low amount of taxation paid by big corporations, few pretend to understand how it happens and practically everyone feels powerless to ...

David Hoey
Brexit in Northern Ireland: time to stop talking and start doing

Brexit in Northern Ireland: time to stop talking and start doing

FOLLOWING THE DECISION of the UK last June to leave the EU, the Government of the United Kingdom has undertaken a great deal of work to prepare the country for triggering Article 50 on 29 ...

Hugh Andrew
Edinburgh's New town – when silence is not golden

Edinburgh's New town – when silence is not golden

TWO HUNDRED and fifty years ago in 1767 something extraordinary began in Scotland. The foundation stone of James Craig’s New Town of Edinburgh was laid. From that simple act flowed a city that is both ...

ThinkScotland
Counter-surveillance for the under-tens

Counter-surveillance for the under-tens

WHAT DID a typical school run look like for you, when you were a child? Let me tell you about mine.

My father would go out and check the car, get it ...

Brian Monteith
Sturgeon’s bluff is called

Sturgeon’s bluff is called

THE PRIME MINISTER has called Nicola Sturgeon's bluff. The First Minister has been told in front of millions who watched and and the millions more who read about it after that the UK will be ...

Jamie Greene
Scotland in the European Union? It's EUR problem Nicola!

Scotland in the European Union? It's EUR problem Nicola!

LAST WEEK to the surprise and despair (including many in her own party) Nicola Sturgeon finally threw down the veil and announced that she would be seeking a second referendum on Scottish independence before the ...

Charles Harris
The lost secrets of Classical Art: Sir Henry Raeburn and portraiture

The lost secrets of Classical Art: Sir Henry Raeburn and portraiture

Dear Readers,

LAST WEEK I began with an introduction to this new series of The Lost Secrets of Classical Art and presented an important first secret. For, in those words of a ...

Otto Inglis
Gender neutral toilets, but why?

Gender neutral toilets, but why?

WE HAVE become so inured to political correctness in the public sector that when Glasgow City Council revealed two weeks ago that the three new primary schools that they were building would have gender-neutral or ...