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Alan Sked
The revolving door of EU membership

The revolving door of EU membership

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 ...

Hugo de Burgh
Imperial nostalgia in the battle for Europe

Imperial nostalgia in the battle for Europe

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 ...

Iain McGill
How England Hibsed it in Marseille – and I met a few Russians...

How England Hibsed it in Marseille – and I met a few Russians...

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 ...

Eben Wilson
Do we need a Cabinet Secretary for Uneconomy?

Do we need a Cabinet Secretary for Uneconomy?

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 ...

Iain McGill
Vegas and Bermuda - it's party central for our man on vacation

Vegas and Bermuda - it's party central for our man on vacation

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 ...

Iain McGill
Iain McGill's Christmas: Part 1 – Los Angeles

Iain McGill's Christmas: Part 1 – Los Angeles

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 ...

Prof D.W. Purdie
The Dean's Diaries: How my family caused the United States

The Dean's Diaries: How my family caused the United States

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.

Peter Smaill
Carmen and a tale of two cities

Carmen and a tale of two cities

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 ...

Murdo Fraser
The Rivals - some parallels to consider

The Rivals - some parallels to consider

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 ...

Andrew Morrison
The people's flag is deepest blue

The people's flag is deepest blue

"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 ...

Iain McGill
San Marino. It's alright.

San Marino. It's alright.

BEING SCOTTISH I obviously cannot get enough of freedom, so a visit to one of the worlds oldest and smallest republics was on the cards for my holidays.   

With a wedding ...

Iain McGill
Faroe Islands: A new route worth exploring

Faroe Islands: A new route worth exploring

ONE OF THE newest routes in and out of Edinburgh is the Atlantic Air route to the Faroe Islands. Sounds far away, but whilst the islands are remote, the flight time is just over an ...