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Murdo Fraser
SNP’s Growth Commission promises “Austerity Max”

SNP’s Growth Commission promises “Austerity Max”

ONE OF THE MANY acknowledged weaknesses of the 2014 ‘Yes’ campaign was the Scottish Government’s White Paper on Independence, particularly in relation to economic issues. In more than 600 pages, there was just one devoted ...

Andrew Montford
Did the Church of Scotland just dodge a climate change bullet?

Did the Church of Scotland just dodge a climate change bullet?

YESTERDAY, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland debated a motion on the subject of climate change and, more specifically, how quickly to divest themselves of investments in fossil fuels. 

In ...

Eben Wilson
Scottish Government advisers can be both wrong and create mischief

Scottish Government advisers can be both wrong and create mischief

SCOTLAND has awaited with bated breath for the delayed publication of the report of the SNP’s Growth Commission – a body tasked with finding some way of improving our wee nation’s lacklustre economic performance. One ...

Ivor Tiefenbrun
Why we need more robots and less robotic thinking

Why we need more robots and less robotic thinking

RECENTLY I was disconcerted to read that Scottish trade unions were ringing alarm bells about the impact they fear robots will have on the employment prospects of Scottish workers – because not having enough robots ...

Tom Gallagher
The laid-back Irish are confronted by a life or death choice

The laid-back Irish are confronted by a life or death choice

“THERE ARE so many children and young people around here” is an observation I’ve heard frequently from other visitors to Ireland.  

The Irish Republic has one of the highest birth-rates in the ...

Martin Livermore
Is environmental damage in the eye of the beholder?

Is environmental damage in the eye of the beholder?

OVER more than a decade the Scientific Alliance has tried to provide a voice of reason on some important matters, often being critical of mainstream environmentalism, but hopefully supported by evidence. When it comes to ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 35

The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 35

THESE LAST few weeks of pregnancy are definitely the longest siege in the whole nine month process! I remember with Jamie, once my maternity leave started, I was able to have long lies, washing and ...

Jack Perry
Is economic growth the elephant in the room?

Is economic growth the elephant in the room?

THIS is the question I posed when speaking at a Scotland in Union meeting in Edinburgh last month.

We’re facing a bit of an oxymoron here in Scotland. We have a fantastic ...

Murdo Fraser
Confusion reigns at Holyrood over prisoner voting rights

Confusion reigns at Holyrood over prisoner voting rights

SHOULD prisoners be given the right to vote in elections? That was the issue considered by the Scottish Parliament this week, following a report from the Equalities and Human Rights Committee, published on Monday.

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Liam Kerr
Support Finn’s Law and campaign – sign the petition

Support Finn’s Law and campaign – sign the petition

A LITTLE under two years ago, PC Dave Wardell and his police dog, Finn, were chasing a robbery suspect when he turned and attacked them with a knife. Finn leapt to defend PC Wardell sustaining ...

Brian Monteith
Go home Kilroy, you’re not wanted in Edinburgh

Go home Kilroy, you’re not wanted in Edinburgh

Graffiti. As long as I can remember it has always been with us. 'Kilroy was here' was fun at first, but it soon tired. As a youth raised in Edinburgh it was Young Leith Team, Lochend ...

Stuart Crawford
Disinformation is a weapon we should be aware of - not fall for

Disinformation is a weapon we should be aware of - not fall for

THERE HAS been quite a bit of coverage of defence issues in the media recently, ranging from the US/UK/France missile strikes on Syria via the Israeli-Iranian exchange of fire over the Golan Heights to the ...