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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Jonathan Stanley
Transgender schooling of infants must be opposed – but will our political leaders speak out?

Transgender schooling of infants must be opposed – but will our political leaders speak out?

THE CULT of transgenderism has taken a very ugly turn. As a libertarian I consider sexuality, whisky and voting in the same bracket. For adults only and in their own privacy.

The ...

Murdo Fraser
Rt Hon Sir Alex Fergusson – an appreciation

Rt Hon Sir Alex Fergusson – an appreciation

THE SAD DEATH this week of my great friend and former colleague, Sir Alex Fergusson, leaves the Scottish Conservatives – and Scottish public life – without one of its most significant, and well-respected, figures.  Alex ...

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 ...

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 ...

Tom Gallagher
‘Capture them young’ - the watchwords of demagogues down the ages

‘Capture them young’ - the watchwords of demagogues down the ages

IT CANNOT HAVE TAKEN MUCH for Nicola Sturgeon to have talked one of the many compliant third sector groups into collaborating with her in a propaganda stunt with young people. On 12 September she will ...

Eben Wilson
Spanners and Bananas – or how smart meters used a dumb approach

Spanners and Bananas – or how smart meters used a dumb approach

IT IS REPORTED that an expert adviser to the Department of Energy and Climate Change thought the civil servants in charge of the smart meter initiative were so technically ignorant that they “couldn’t tell the ...

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 ...

Brian Monteith
The McNanny State: How the smoking ban closed Scottish pubs

The McNanny State: How the smoking ban closed Scottish pubs

IT WAS SUNDAY 26 March 2006. Nothing much seemed different from the previous weekend. The Old Firm had won their matches, the weather was poor, and the odd empty beer can tumbled down the road. ...