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Murdo Fraser
The SNP lurches left on tax

The SNP lurches left on tax

ONLY LAST YEAR it was quite clear where the SNP stood on Income Tax increases. The SNP manifesto for the Holyrood elections ruled out an increase in the basic rate.

Challenged by Scottish ...

Liam Kerr
Crime and punishment? The SNP is the real offender

Crime and punishment? The SNP is the real offender

THERE HAS BEEN a great deal of negative focus recently on the effectiveness of shorter prison sentences – but what if that criticism is misdirected against a failure of prison itself, and instead should be ...

Charles Harris
A Perthshire tale of life and nature

A Perthshire tale of life and nature

DEAR READERS,

This weekend I would like to concentrate on nature again, as I believe everybody should seek an opportunity for regular encounters in whatever form, to help cherish and remind us of ...

Martin Livermore
Severe hurricanes caused by climate change? Let’s avoid a rush to judgement

Severe hurricanes caused by climate change? Let’s avoid a rush to judgement

THIS IS PROVING to be a pretty bad season for Atlantic hurricanes, after several years in which few intense ones made landfall. Hurricane Harvey, which started in late August, was the first major hurricane to ...

Michelle Ballantyne
It's smarter to take smartphones out of the classroom

It's smarter to take smartphones out of the classroom

MORE AND MORE young people are inhabiting a ‘smartphone society’ of Instagram filters and Facebook shares, Twitter likes and Snapchat streaks. This is a place alien to many parents, myself included.

Undoubtedly, ...

Jonathan Stanley
Porridge to Catalonia! SNP position mirrors Madrid not Barcelona

Porridge to Catalonia! SNP position mirrors Madrid not Barcelona

EFFIE DEANS makes some brilliant contributions to ThinkScotland. She dissects nationalism into those based on people and territory, and those that look outward and inwards.

The UK, France and USA are ...

Brian Monteith
Obituary: Chris Anderson – famed piper and ThinkScotland contributor

Obituary: Chris Anderson – famed piper and ThinkScotland contributor

IT IS WITH SADNESS that I write to inform ThinkScotland readers of the passing of one our former contributors, Chris Anderson, who died suddenly on 5th September at the age of 84. Chris was a ...

Eben Wilson
Pessimism, statists and innovation

Pessimism, statists and innovation

THE MESSY WORLD of capitalist innovation; where liberalised individuals use trial, error and quite a lot of muddle to make advances sits ill with a statist perspective.  

The left-wing worldview has always ...

Murdo Fraser
Say NO to the SNP's Swim Tax

Say NO to the SNP's Swim Tax

ON TUESDAY the Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay, announced the Scottish Government’s response to the Barclay Review of non-domestic rates. This was long-awaited by those in business, particularly in sectors like hospitality that have seen massive ...

Stephen Kerr
There is no power grab – except that practised by the SNP

There is no power grab – except that practised by the SNP

THERE HAS BEEN a constant carping from nationalists in the last few weeks that the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill represents a “power grab” – that it shall take powers away from the Scottish Parliament. This ...

Effie Deans
Why Wallace must fall – and Charlie and Rabbie too

Why Wallace must fall – and Charlie and Rabbie too

BY AN AMAZING piece of good luck the Aberdeen branch of the Wallace Must Fall Campaign has discovered a hitherto unknown letter between William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. One of the problems of medieval ...

Brian Monteith
The Forth Bridges represent international co-operation, not Scottish exceptionalism

The Forth Bridges represent international co-operation, not Scottish exceptionalism

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT. The three bridges spanning the Forth between North and South Queensferry built in three different centuries are towering examples of the engineering excellence of their times.

Saltire ...