Thinkpolitics

Murdo Fraser
It’s official – Sturgeon doesn’t speak for Scotland

It’s official – Sturgeon doesn’t speak for Scotland

IT IS THE QUESTION that has haunted the Scottish Conservatives for some three decades: how to make a Conservative Prime Minister popular with the Scottish people? Ever since the days of Margaret Thatcher, who despite ...

Vivian Linacre
The Zero Option: repairing local government's afflictions

The Zero Option: repairing local government's afflictions

LOCAL GOVERNMENT in Britain, both north and south of the border, has always been afflicted by three apparently insoluble problems:  (a) to devise an efficient, equitable system of funding between the institution and the electorate, (b) ...

Jamie Greene
Standing in solidarity with London means standing in solidarity with democracy

Standing in solidarity with London means standing in solidarity with democracy

LAST WEEK our country witnessed the horrors of terrorism as it once again reared its ugly head on the streets of London.

Reports thus far point towards a so-called Islamic State inspired ...

Eben Wilson
John Swinney must stop digging and climb out of the hole

John Swinney must stop digging and climb out of the hole

SOMETIMES, but unfortunately too rarely, the wall of dissembling bluster in public policy evaporates.  You never know quite why or when, but the general incentive that develops is that the political risk of digging an ...

Murdo Fraser
Sturgeon needs to show leadership on language

Sturgeon needs to show leadership on language

IF EVER there were an advertisement against a second independence referendum, it was this week’s Scottish Parliament debate on the subject. Running over two days, it was a dismal and depressing spectacle, with MSPs from ...

David Hoey
Brexit in Northern Ireland: time to stop talking and start doing

Brexit in Northern Ireland: time to stop talking and start doing

FOLLOWING THE DECISION of the UK last June to leave the EU, the Government of the United Kingdom has undertaken a great deal of work to prepare the country for triggering Article 50 on 29 ...

Jamie Greene
Scotland in the European Union? It's EUR problem Nicola!

Scotland in the European Union? It's EUR problem Nicola!

LAST WEEK to the surprise and despair (including many in her own party) Nicola Sturgeon finally threw down the veil and announced that she would be seeking a second referendum on Scottish independence before the ...

Jonathan Stanley
 Martin McGuinness has passed away. His violence helped no one.

Martin McGuinness has passed away. His violence helped no one.

HEARING NEWS of the former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister leaves many of us with mixed feelings. Much will be made of his transition to peace from paramilitary activity and how much of a contribution ...

Murdo Fraser
The day Theresa May spoke for Scotland

The day Theresa May spoke for Scotland

IT WAS THE TIMING that surprised the most. Everyone expected Nicola Sturgeon to come out and demand Westminster approval for a second independence referendum, but most did not expect her to move so soon. 

For ...

Liam Kerr
There's no logic to merging British Transport Police with Police Scotland

There's no logic to merging British Transport Police with Police Scotland

SINCE ENTERING Parliament last May, I’ve noticed the frequency with which the Scottish Government sets policy in an evidential vacuum. Nowhere more than in the proposal, introduced by Bill in December 2016 by “invisible” Justice ...

Jamie Greene
Doing the digital day job is not an SNP priority

Doing the digital day job is not an SNP priority

THE SNP IS DISTRACTED. Not in the usual way, bumbling along in a minority government, losing the odd vote here and there in Holyrood. This time it is real distraction. Fever pitched, shrill-filled, freedom-shouting, flag-waving ...

Effie Deans
Really. What is so great about Britain?

Really. What is so great about Britain?

SOMETIME in prehistory a group of people arrived on our island from Europe. They were Celts. We know next to nothing about them or the people who lived here before they arrived. All that is ...