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Tom Gallagher
Relying on self-serving platitudes won’t strengthen the Union

Relying on self-serving platitudes won’t strengthen the Union

HELD IN NEWCASTLE, the ‘These Islands’ event was meant to highlight there is more that unites the people of the United Kingdom than divides them. Unfortunately despite the dedication shown by businessman and blogger Kevin ...

Jonathan Stanley
 Labour has forgotten nothing and learned nothing about its demise in Scotland

Labour has forgotten nothing and learned nothing about its demise in Scotland

I WAS NOT FORTUNATE ENOUGH to attend the conference held by These Islands on the future of Scotland and the Union. Sometimes browsing the media can, however, be informative in a way being on the ...

Emma Hargan
Stormy days, bumps and bruises!

Stormy days, bumps and bruises!

The Mummy Diaries – Week 28

IT’S BEEN ONE STORM after another this last week. No, not in the house for once! Well maybe just a couple of small hurricanes. We just ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
Can we have a real Scottish Conservative approach to migration please?

Can we have a real Scottish Conservative approach to migration please?

WELL THAT DID NOT LAST VERY LONG did it? Less than a week after being elected leader Jackson Carlaw’s ruddy red face is on show with his disdain at his Conservative Government’s migration plan with his aids ...

Tom Gallagher
 Serve the party and no questions shall be asked

Serve the party and no questions shall be asked

THE DUST is beginning to settle after Derek Mackay was forced to resign on 6 February, within a few hours of being due to deliver what would have been his fourth budget as Scottish Finance ...

Stuart Crawford
First Minister’s Questions Bingo

First Minister’s Questions Bingo

RETIRED, unemployed, just too lazy to get out of bed, or a Scottish government civil servant with time on your hands until lunchtime? Relax! Here’s a fun game all the family can play every Thursday ...

Emma Hargan
Climbing the walls, and temper tantrums – and that’s just Mummy!

Climbing the walls, and temper tantrums – and that’s just Mummy!

The Mummy Diaries – Week 27

YIP, this week has been all about me! Well, when I say all about me, what I really mean is it’s been all the about the ...

Eben Wilson
When it comes to exports it’s the cash flow, stupid

When it comes to exports it’s the cash flow, stupid

A RECENT VISIT to South East Asia prompts in me a policy challenge. Now that Scotland is freed from the burdens of the EU’s protectionist trade stance, and ignoring SNP posturing, how do we use ...

Jonathan Stanley
Plaguespotting the Coronavirus outbreak shows how little we have really progressed

Plaguespotting the Coronavirus outbreak shows how little we have really progressed

ATTITUDES TO HIV have changed markedly through the decades. We can believe this is part of some greater social progress and of course this thought is comforting. We could instead believe it is not our ...

Jackson Carlaw
Saying no to #indyref2 allows us to say Yes to so much more

Saying no to #indyref2 allows us to say Yes to so much more

IT TOOK SIX MONTHS from the General Election in April 1992 before the Major government imploded on Black Wednesday. Astonishingly, in just six short weeks since December's General Election, Scotland's SNP government looks beleaguered and ...

Linda Holt
Leaving the rabbit hole – Boris’s Scexit game-changer

Leaving the rabbit hole – Boris’s Scexit game-changer

FOR NATIONALISTS, independence is the ultimate carrot; the shining answer to anything less than ideal in present-day Scotland; the be-all and end-all of politics. Such quasi-religious beliefs exercise a terrific lure, as nationalists demonstrate on ...

Jonathan Stanley
National Conservatism has the progressive left in its sights

National Conservatism has the progressive left in its sights

I HAVE JUST RETURNED brimming with optimism from my first ever National Conservative conference at the Grand Plaza Hotel in Rome. As the research director of the Bow Group, one of the events main sponsors, ...