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Tom Miers
How can Scots Tories capitalise on their success and win power at Holyrood?

How can Scots Tories capitalise on their success and win power at Holyrood?

AS THE PARTY considers its policy options well before the 2021 elections, in the first of three articles Tom Miers considers some ideas that would make a winning agenda for Scottish Conservatives.

Strategy, ...

Joshua Curzon
Venezuela's tragedy: the Cuban occupation must end

Venezuela's tragedy: the Cuban occupation must end

FIFTEEN THOUSAND Cuban intelligence operatives and ‘military advisers’ bar the path to democracy in Venezuela. Luis Amalgro, Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States, has described them as “an occupation army that teaches ...

James Bundy
Maintaining a successful Union requires taking back control like Vote Leave promised

Maintaining a successful Union requires taking back control like Vote Leave promised

17.4 MILLION OF MY FELLOW BRITS voted to leave the European Union. It is the biggest mandate in the history of British politics and the message from the voters was clear. We voted to take ...

Jamie Nugent
Venezuela’s Tragedy: no one’s on the buses in Maduro’s paradise

Venezuela’s Tragedy: no one’s on the buses in Maduro’s paradise

THE STREETS OF CARACAS can be unnaturally quiet. But this is no blissful moment of peace between mass demonstrations. Public transport in Venezuela, in common with the rest of the country, is ceasing to operate ...

Murdo Fraser
SNP’s triple tax Bombshell

SNP’s triple tax Bombshell

IT WAS BAD ENOUGH that the SNP’s draft Budget published last month widened the income tax gap between Scotland and the rest of the UK, but this week the Finance Secretary Derek MacKay went even ...

Jonathan Stanley
The Union cannot stand still - only change can preserve it

The Union cannot stand still - only change can preserve it

NOTHING ENDURES but change. “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” because each time the person and the river changes. It ...

Jonathan Stanley
Let the unionist waterboarding stop before it becomes self-defeating

Let the unionist waterboarding stop before it becomes self-defeating

I'VE CRACKED. I've never known my eyes to roll so often. I thought I could manage until Brexit day on March 29th but I've slipped I think and I'm not sure how to get up.

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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 ...