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Tom Gallagher
Douglas Ross provokes fear and loathing among disunited separatists

Douglas Ross provokes fear and loathing among disunited separatists

THE SCOTLAND that wanted to be good at making things, producing well-educated young people with bright prospects, where politics rarely clouded ties between friends and neighbours, and an obsession with banners, slogans and flags was ...

David Bone
2040 – A Scottish dystopia

2040 – A Scottish dystopia

IT’S 6.00 AM, you awake from your sleeping pod, in your communal accommodation, blurry-eyed to the sounds of ‘Scots Wha Hae! playing on the alarm app on your phone. You languidly roll over to press ...

Jill Stephenson
Image without substance: Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP

Image without substance: Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP

An essay about Scotland's First Minister and her approach to politics.

Ewen Stewart
Scotland already has a great trade deal with its neighbours, it's called the United Kingdom

Scotland already has a great trade deal with its neighbours, it's called the United Kingdom

SCOTLAND HAS UNFETTERED ACCESS to the wider UK market. The UK is the overwhelmingly critical market for Scotland’s economy accounting for £51.2bn of sales, almost £10,000 per head of population, which accounts for just ...

Jonathan Stanley
Have Scotland’s blood cancer patients had their lives cut short?

Have Scotland’s blood cancer patients had their lives cut short?

ONE CASUALTY of Humza Yousaf's obsession with limiting criticism of his government was the use of emergency powers to make it difficult to gather data from public bodies using Freedom of Information Act requests. ...

Linda Holt
Scottish Tories must emerge from life support soon to make any difference

Scottish Tories must emerge from life support soon to make any difference

RECENT MONTHS have left me more despondent about Scottish politics than ever before. No doubt the ennui and oppression of lockdown, endured in what has felt increasingly like a one-party state, has played its part.

The First Minister has climbed ever higher in the ...

Stuart Crawford
Musings of a REAL Tank Commander – Part 14 Overrun by Yanks but saved by very cheap Gin

Musings of a REAL Tank Commander – Part 14 Overrun by Yanks but saved by very cheap Gin

DURING MY MILITARY CAREER I was involved in two major military operations; the biggest by far was the First Gulf War 1990-91, of which more later. The other was Exercise Lionheart in 1984, which ...

Victor Clements
It's time to take the secessionist bull by the horns

It's time to take the secessionist bull by the horns

THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has long since stopped playing by the rules, and what is more, it will be allowed to continue to do so by those who should be scrutinizing them. For anyone in ...

Stuart Waiton
The Hate Crime Bill will create more hate, not less

The Hate Crime Bill will create more hate, not less

THE LATEST attack on freedoms in Scotland comes in the form of the newly proposed Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. 

It is no exaggeration to say the bill, if passed ...

Jonathan Stanley
Trigger warning: we are not an effing amusement park

Trigger warning: we are not an effing amusement park

THERE IS SOMETHING special about the British seaside, be it in Orkney or Skeggy. It's the only place you catch crabs and be thankful, because the UK has abundant fish stocks and seaside humour is ...

Stuart Crawford
Musings of a REAL tank commander – Part 13 Adventuring in Swat with the 13th Lancers

Musings of a REAL tank commander – Part 13 Adventuring in Swat with the 13th Lancers

ONE OF THE MAJOR events I took part in whilst 2ic of C Squadron in Tidworth involved taking a number of soldiers adventure training to Pakistan. I was never quite sure whether it was meant ...

Stuart Crawford
Where now for the Liberal Democrats?

Where now for the Liberal Democrats?

THE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT PARTY finds itself lost at sea, rudderless, without sail or paddle, and devoid of compass. Famously, Odyseuss spent ten years afloat after the Siege of Troy – “long adrift on shipless ...