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Miles Saltiel
Brexit: Time for an Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove?

Brexit: Time for an Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove?

WE KNOW THE DRILL – we should learn from our mistakes (just saying, Theresa, Boris, Philip…) At the beginning of the year, I listed a dozen challenges facing the EU. It has withstood several, in ...

Martin Livermore
Can England save the future of fracking in Europe?

Can England save the future of fracking in Europe?

LAST YEAR, the UK government gave a cautious go-ahead to fracking, after years of a moratorium following concerns about minor earth tremors near the Caudrilla exploration site in Lancashire. The company has since restarted test ...

Eben Wilson
Cry freedom for Scotland? But who really wants it?

Cry freedom for Scotland? But who really wants it?

I DOUBT many people read the minutes of the First Minister’s Standing Council on Europe. They are very short, but they tell a tale.

This twenty member body is typical ...

Martin Livermore
In power, there's a big difference between cost and value

In power, there's a big difference between cost and value

I WAS INTERESTED to see the seemingly ubiquitous Sir James Dyson announcing that his company is developing a novel electric car (Dyson to make electric cars from 2020). Since a prototype does not ...

Martin Livermore
Understanding of climate change moves closer towards sceptics

Understanding of climate change moves closer towards sceptics

I MAKE no apologies for talking about the thorny issue of climate change yet again. There’s a good reason why: after a decade or more of unwillingness to listen to criticism of the IPCC story on ...

Martin Livermore
Severe hurricanes caused by climate change? Let’s avoid a rush to judgement

Severe hurricanes caused by climate change? Let’s avoid a rush to judgement

THIS IS PROVING to be a pretty bad season for Atlantic hurricanes, after several years in which few intense ones made landfall. Hurricane Harvey, which started in late August, was the first major hurricane to ...

Eben Wilson
Pessimism, statists and innovation

Pessimism, statists and innovation

THE MESSY WORLD of capitalist innovation; where liberalised individuals use trial, error and quite a lot of muddle to make advances sits ill with a statist perspective.  

The left-wing worldview has always ...

Brian Monteith
The Forth Bridges represent international co-operation, not Scottish exceptionalism

The Forth Bridges represent international co-operation, not Scottish exceptionalism

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT. The three bridges spanning the Forth between North and South Queensferry built in three different centuries are towering examples of the engineering excellence of their times.

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Jonathan Stanley
Whisky Galore, but who's it for?

Whisky Galore, but who's it for?

A LONG, LONG time ago there was a wee country.  It had one big farm export. In fact it was the world's biggest exporter of this product.

Almost the entire ...

Martin Livermore
Bias and intolerance in scientific discovery

Bias and intolerance in scientific discovery

WHILE MANY people pay lip service to objectivity and provide evidence in support of their assertions, true objectivity is very rare. Science is supposedly a body of knowledge assembled dispassionately by researchers looking at all ...

Martin Livermore
Enforcing Electric-only cars – using a sledgehammer to crack a nut

Enforcing Electric-only cars – using a sledgehammer to crack a nut

ELECTRIC CARS may well be the future of personal transport, but only if consumers choose to buy them in preference to the cars of today or if governments effectively ban the internal combustion engine. In ...

Dean M Thomson
Scotland’s squeezed middle: a decade under the SNP

Scotland’s squeezed middle: a decade under the SNP

THIS NATIONALIST government has an unhealthy habit of overtaxing the Scottish middle class. Our country’s economic performance shows the damage being done.

When is a tax hike not a tax hike? Political ...