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The revolving door of EU membership

by Alan Sked
LAST MONTH Switzerland withdrew its official application to become a full member of the European Union. Elitist Swiss governments had been attempting for no less than twenty-four years to persuade their voters that full membership rather than the existing ad ...

Article from Thursday 23, June, 2016
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Imperial nostalgia in the battle for Europe

by Hugo de Burgh
THE ECONOMIC arguments are inconclusive. Since we are not very democratic ourselves who cares about the EU’s democratic deficit? In today’s world sovereignty is meaningless. No, the real passion underlying Brexit is a hankering for Agincourt and the Delhi Durbar: ...

Article from Wednesday 22, June, 2016
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How England Hibsed it in Marseille – and I met a few Russians...

by Iain McGill
I SURE PICKED a good weekend to take a trip to Marseille... I've always fancied Marseille. That team they had back in the day, when I was younger I always picked them to play with in Sensible ...

Article from Wednesday 15, June, 2016
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Do we need a Cabinet Secretary for Uneconomy?

by Eben Wilson
ON SUNDAY, Nicola Sturgeon wrote about her “vision for the first 100 days of my new government”. The usual presidential distemper brush was deployed, but modern government and its media management inevitably offer pap on steroids as it “works harder ...

Article from Friday 20, May, 2016
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Vegas and Bermuda - it's party central for our man on vacation

by Iain McGill
AFTER LA it was off to LV – Las Vegas – for Christmas. The week was the blur that I had hoped it would be, but piecing it together afterwards special mentions must go to Frankie's Tiki Room and The ...

Article from Wednesday 10, February, 2016
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Iain McGill's Christmas: Part 1 – Los Angeles

by Iain McGill
CHRISTMAS may be a poor excuse every 25th December to pick a man's pockets, but I find it's a great excuse to get the passport dusted off and some travel done. Having harassed my friends around the world to see ...

Article from Sunday 17, January, 2016
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The Dean's Diaries: How my family caused the United States

by Prof D.W. Purdie
Later this month Luath Press publishes a collection of David Purdie's extracts from the diaries Of the Dean of St Andrew's College, University of Edinburgh, that first appeared in ThinkScotland. As a sampler we are pleased to repeat publication of some of the Dean's magnificent musings and will publish a book review in due course with details of how to obtain copies.

Article from Wednesday 13, January, 2016
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Carmen and a tale of two cities

by Peter Smaill
THE TWO best known syllables in the operatic repertoire provided, in November 2015, a double opportunity to be immersed in that fabulous work of sun, ciggies, song and sex – the tragic tale of the enravishment of the simple corporal ...

Article from Saturday 19, December, 2015
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The Rivals - some parallels to consider

by Murdo Fraser
IN REACTION to the insensitive rule of a distant government in London imposing unwanted policies, the Scottish people rise up in a remarkable national movement demanding change. Ambitious politicians see the opportunity to benefit by putting themselves at the head ...

Article from Thursday 12, November, 2015
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The people's flag is deepest blue

by Andrew Morrison
"I'm a Tory, why aren't you?" JEREMY CORBYN is hardly going to be singing this at Labour Party Conference in 2016.  Perhaps because Labour people in the know are already numbering his days.  There will be many ...

Article from Wednesday 11, November, 2015
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