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Eben Wilson
In the real world

In the real world "crashing out" is the EU's problem

IN AN INTERVIEW following the hammering of Mrs May’s “deal” Jacob Rees-Mogg took Channel Four’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy to task for using the term “crashing out of the EU”.  Rees-Mogg gave him a quite robust ticking off for ...

Tom Gallagher
Nationalists at War: the Scottish Disruption of 2023

Nationalists at War: the Scottish Disruption of 2023

…or a glimpse at our debatable future

BRITAIN’S PROTRACTED DEPARTURE from the European Union had led to a decade of upheaval in central politics. By 2031, new parties  were replacing what quickly came ...

Jackie Anderson
Just leave!

Just leave!

I’M FED UP to the back teeth of Brexit and I suspect I’m not alone. I’m fed up to the back teeth of our elected politicians and I suspect I’m not alone.

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Murdo Fraser
If you want civility and decency in politics First Minister, it’s time to lead by example

If you want civility and decency in politics First Minister, it’s time to lead by example

WITH HOLYROOD this week entranced by the latest developments in the remarkable case of former First Minister Alex Salmond against the Scottish Government that he used to lead, in Westminster the focus was still very ...

Stuart Crawford
Why is British Army recruiting in such a bad state?

Why is British Army recruiting in such a bad state?

THE NEW British Army recruiting campaign advertisements have caused a bit of a kerfuffle.  Apparently aimed at “millennials” and “Generation Z” it is the latest in a series of initiatives to try to boost recruiting in ...

Joshua Curzon
Venezuela’s tragedy: where telecoms is about control – not communication

Venezuela’s tragedy: where telecoms is about control – not communication

IN 2007 Hugo Chavez nationalised CANTV, Venezuela’s primary telecoms provider. Prior to its nationalisation CANTV had a reputation as South America’s leading telecoms operator. The company utilised the latest equipment, paid staff well, and trained ...

Joshua Curzon
Venezuela’s tragedy: more than just the lights are going out

Venezuela’s tragedy: more than just the lights are going out

INSIDE CHAVISTA Venezuela it is not just running water that is no longer available, but electricity too.  Inadequate investment and a lack of maintenance has collapsed the electricity grid, plunging much of the country ...

Jonathan Stanley
Phoney Macaroni, the emperor with no clothes

Phoney Macaroni, the emperor with no clothes

THE EMPEROR  wears no clothes, not even a thin yellow jacket to keep him warm, this winter of great discontent. For the centrist President turned out to be just another centraliser. Not for many years have ...

David Coburn
David Coburn MEP – why I have resigned from UKIP

David Coburn MEP – why I have resigned from UKIP

I HAVE DEVOTED my heart and soul to UKIP for 10 years, and stood in countless elections both North and South of the border, before finally being elected as the only Brexit MEP in Scotland. ...

Stuart Crawford
Book review: Why we get the wrong politicians

Book review: Why we get the wrong politicians

ANYONE who has ever expressed even the most remote interest in becoming an elected politician should be forced to read this book, because it will almost certainly put them off attempting to do so. As ...

Hugh Andrew
Let's celebrate both the different and common cultural streams across the UK

Let's celebrate both the different and common cultural streams across the UK

IN THE INDEPENDENCE DEBATE one assumption went almost unchallenged. It was that ‘Scotland’ and ‘England’ were different countries. 

Fundamental to that view is the unspoken belief that Scottish ‘culture’ and that of ...

Joshua Curzon
Venezuela's tragedy: How nationalisation has brought the country to its knees

Venezuela's tragedy: How nationalisation has brought the country to its knees

CEMENT IS A VITAL BUILDING MATERIAL that is largely unavailable in Venezuela due to the collapse of the state-owned cement industry. Venezuela’s massive cement scarcity has resulted in the ruin of the construction industry.

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