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Liam Kerr
Parole system must change before another tragic murder

Parole system must change before another tragic murder

PUBLIC CONFIDENCE in the parole system across the UK has been shaken. In the wake of the John Worboys case – the jailed taxi driver who was released on parole earlier this year despite a history ...

Tom Gallagher
Never mind the facts, feel the faux indignation

Never mind the facts, feel the faux indignation

IN A SHORT but devastatingly effective speech in the House of Commons on Monday the MP for Moray, Douglas Ross, expertly dispelled the torrent of lies that has spewed forth from the volcanic crater of ...

Murdo Fraser
Book Review – Flight of Evil: A North British Intrigue

Book Review – Flight of Evil: A North British Intrigue

THE SCOTTISH academic Professor Tom Gallagher has written an entertaining novel that nevertheless contains a serious message, warning of the dangers of political extremism. 

Set in the near future Flight of Evil describes a ...

Jim Sillars
Just what did Jim Sillars say to the Scottish Secretary?

Just what did Jim Sillars say to the Scottish Secretary?

FOR THE AVOIDENCE OF DOUBT Jim Sillars has kindly given us the letter he sent to David Mundell…

21stJune , 2018

The Rt. Hon. David Mundell, Secretary of State, 

Jonathan Stanley
Politicians – more in common, but not with us

Politicians – more in common, but not with us

TWO YEARS ago I was debating Brexit at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on behalf of the Bow Group. It was a testy meeting as a room full of remain-supporting academics invariably is.

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Jonathan Stanley
Ian Blackford rode a pantomime horse to battle

Ian Blackford rode a pantomime horse to battle

THE SNP can always be relied upon to resort to grudge-laden media stunts when things don't go its way. Its politicians’ lack of respect for democracy and accountability at Holyrood rode south to London yesterday.

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Ivor Tiefenbrun
Brexit betrayal – a week we shall never forget

Brexit betrayal – a week we shall never forget

A personal view from Ivor Tiefenbrun MBE

Jamie Greene
Potholes ARE politics!

Potholes ARE politics!

IT’S A LONG-HELD JOKE that the way to get elected is to start a local pothole campaign. It’s a political love-hate relationship with something that recurs year after year.  It’s British politics through and through; satirical, ...

Tom Gallagher
Russia? It’s not just the football that deserves a look

Russia? It’s not just the football that deserves a look

AS THE WORLD anticipates a thrilling football World Cup football from Russia, few minds will be dwelling on the Russian Civil war that began a century ago. Yet I hazard to ask what relevance, if ...

Brian Monteith
The Euro, Brexit and everything about the EU is political, not economic

The Euro, Brexit and everything about the EU is political, not economic

THERE HAVE been many warnings about the future of the Euro, but so far it has survived the many shocks and crisis it has faced. Now the economic and political challenges from Italy presents its ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 38

The Mummy Diaries: pregnancy week 38

WELL IT'S nearly D Day! I’ve spent the week trying to keep myself relaxed and chilled as much as possible for the fear of going into labour early. Jamie’s Granny and Gramps don’t arrive until ...

Eben Wilson
Growth Commission, really? Here's how to create new Scottish growth

Growth Commission, really? Here's how to create new Scottish growth

MY FIRST REVIEW of the Sustainable Growth Commission revealed its inherent centralism; a stance that forces it into the error of trying to improve innovation, growth and productivity by state planning.  Economic experience tells us ...