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Eben Wilson
Be warned, the problem is the common rule book

Be warned, the problem is the common rule book

A LEGAL BEAVER friend of mine, married to a medieval historian and a fan of modern industrial history himself after a career spell in Glasgow, once surprised me by expressing a deep-felt sentiment about a ...

Tom Gallagher
Optimism in short supply as Romania marks unification centenary

Optimism in short supply as Romania marks unification centenary

CELEBRATIONS to mark the unification of Romania, which occurred a century ago this December, are currently going ahead. I'm just back from a conference that examined the breakthrough for Romanian Unionists as well as the ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 16

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 16

I READ AN ARTICLE on Facebook this week about stay-at-home mums. A very interesting article entitled If Stay At Home Mums Were Paid Their Salary Would Be $143K Per Year. 

Yes – you ...

Jamie Nugent
Venezuela's tragedy: education now in a state of collapse

Venezuela's tragedy: education now in a state of collapse

MOST VENEZUELAN schools are now empty of children and teachers, in a major crisis for the poverty-stricken country.

Former President Hugo Chavez used to boast that he was improving the education system, ...

Paul Spare
We face an energy crisis if the warnings are ignored

We face an energy crisis if the warnings are ignored

AS HAS been widely reported, it is ten years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers bank and the ensuing financial crisis in the banking system. Many commentators issued warnings preceding the crisis that too few boardroom ...

David Hoey
The magical mystery Brexit

The magical mystery Brexit

THERE ARE a sequence of events that create a mystery in the whole Brexit process to date, and is important to solve going forward. 

In January 2017 the Lancaster House speech set ...

Stuart Crawford
Some corner of a foreign field: a battlefield tour worth making

Some corner of a foreign field: a battlefield tour worth making

FOR SOMEONE who spent twenty years in the British Army I have done very few battlefield tours. Waterloo, as part of the Army Staff College course was one, and the Arras Counterattack of 1940 with ...

Jamie Nugent
Venezuela’s tragedy: sanctions are not the cause of Venezuela’s difficulties

Venezuela’s tragedy: sanctions are not the cause of Venezuela’s difficulties

SANCTIONS ARE OFTEN TOUTED as a significant factor either in Venezuela’s decline or its current crisis.  Neither is true. US and EU sanctions mainly target corrupt individuals, such as top minister Tarek El Aissami, who has ...

Tom Gallagher
Is it time to look afresh at the Orange Order?

Is it time to look afresh at the Orange Order?

LAST MONTH, just yards from the offices of a major Scottish newspaper, a Glasgow hotel was hosting a curious event. It was an open day for a civic organisation that has one of the most ...

Darren Grimes
My Grandad’s story should remind the PM who’s debt she is in

My Grandad’s story should remind the PM who’s debt she is in

WORDSWORTH'S remarks about the French Revolution sum up best how I felt on the glorious morning we found out the referendum result. 

“Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,

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Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 15

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 15

THANKFULLY this week we were back to normal after Jamie’s sick episode. Screaming matches, running around the house butt-naked, hiding the car keys, climbing on everything, slamming doors and generally wrecking the house. Yes - ...

James Bundy
Scots4Leave arrives to fill the void

Scots4Leave arrives to fill the void

ON JUNE 23RD 2016 over one million Scots voted to leave the European Union. This simple fact, however, seems to have been forgotten. The narrative – thanks due to a lack of parliamentary support from ...