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Miles Saltiel
Brexit negotiation paradoxes – and what they point to

Brexit negotiation paradoxes – and what they point to

AS DAVID DAVIS approaches his second meeting with Michel Barnier it is fair to say that Brussels has played something of a blinder. It has fastened the principle of extraterritorial powers to the emotional topic ...

Eben Wilson
Beware the ideas of marchers

Beware the ideas of marchers

ONCE AGAIN we see and hear the left; first Glastonbury, then Glasgow, London, and now Hamburg resonating to angry shouts from those claiming to be downtrodden, or acting on the behalf of the dispossessed.

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Martin Livermore
Why not nuclear?

Why not nuclear?

THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT continues to have ambitious plans for spending vast sums of money on huge numbers of wind turbines and experimental wave and tidal energy projects in its bid to make Scotland “the Saudi ...

Eben Wilson
The politics of the newsroom is no way to run a country

The politics of the newsroom is no way to run a country

An aspect of the Queen’s speech intrigued me; the monarch was made to use the terms “a deal” and “Brexit” rather than “arrangements” and “withdrawal from the European Union” – and no-one appeared to see ...

Alastair Stewart
Cameron and May failed as one-nation Conservatives: we must now build a new consensus

Cameron and May failed as one-nation Conservatives: we must now build a new consensus

WHEN THERESA MAY assumed office, she used her first speech to define herself as a “one-nation” Tory. The evidence suggests otherwise. Highlights of May’s Premiership to date include being forced by the Supreme Court to ...

Charles Leach
Leadsom was making a good point: only the wilful or ignorant could not understand that

Leadsom was making a good point: only the wilful or ignorant could not understand that

ANDREA LEADSOM has taken a great deal of stick for her comment made on Friday night’s BBC Newsnight that “it would be helpful if broadcasters were willing to be a bit patriotic, because the country ...

Jonathan Stanley
Thou shalt not gamble with the DUP: some lessons for lessor political mortals

Thou shalt not gamble with the DUP: some lessons for lessor political mortals

GOD AND MAN in Ulster have done it. A Christian, really conservative, barnacle free unionist party just clinched the most progressive regional deal I can remember.

Brazen, ruthless, uncompromising and very ...

Jonathan Gillen
Good news, Corbyn is still there!

Good news, Corbyn is still there!

AS A CHILD, to me the most scary enemy of Dr Who was the Cybermen. Hiding behind the sofa was the only way I could face watching this great show but while protecting myself from ...

Murdo Fraser
Scotland’s Bourbon Queen Sees Her Crown Slip

Scotland’s Bourbon Queen Sees Her Crown Slip

THIS TIME last year, Nicola Sturgeon was in no doubt. Within a few short hours of the result of the Brexit referendum having been declared, she was on her feet in Bute House, announcing that ...

Martin Livermore
Wanted! Rational policymaking based on non-partisan evidence

Wanted! Rational policymaking based on non-partisan evidence

GOVERNMENTS are elected for a whole variety of reasons, but a key one is that we hope they will spend taxpayers’ money wisely. Bill Clinton’s famous phrase – “it’s the economy, stupid” – really sums ...

Robert Durward
The need for change will not be satisfied by our political parties

The need for change will not be satisfied by our political parties

AS MORE PEOPLE become turned off by tribal politics, fewer are prepared to vote for establishment parties or even participate in the electoral process. The Conservative Party is in government with only 24 per cent ...

Stuart Crawford
What do the party manifestoes say about Trident?

What do the party manifestoes say about Trident?

OF ALL THE ISSUES that form part of the current General Election debate, few can be as important as the UK’s nuclear deterrent. If you accept that protection of its people is the state’s most ...