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Jonathan Stanley
May lost the vote, Labour lost its integrity

May lost the vote, Labour lost its integrity

THIS is taken from Labour’s 2017 manifesto on Brexit.  

Labour accepts the referendum result and a Labour government will put the national interest first.

We will prioritise jobs and ...

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 ...

Alan Grant
Review: Sex Education on Netflix

Review: Sex Education on Netflix

A TV SHOW can succeed for any number of reasons but it never helps to have an interesting premise. Sex Education, Netflix’s attempt to keep the ball rolling on its stellar line of in-house productions, is ...

Brian Monteith
Rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement means a #BetterDeal for Brexit is now available

Rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement means a #BetterDeal for Brexit is now available

LAST NIGHT senior Conservative MPs set out an alternative written ministerial statement they believe the Prime Minister should make now the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration have been rejected by the House of Commons. 

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Ewen Stewart
We must reject a bad ‘deal’ to reboot the EU negotiations

We must reject a bad ‘deal’ to reboot the EU negotiations

MUCH OF THE COMMENT on the Government’s Withdrawal Agreement has focused on personality and process rather than a full understanding of the detail of the 'deal'.  Then, when there has been consideration of the problems with ...

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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Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 30

The Mummy Diaries: Two babies – Week 30

JUST WHEN you think things are going so smoothly and the kids have settled into a new routine with a few changes. Along comes the next delightful toddler phase. The ‘I’ve decided I’m never going ...

Jack Ponton
Estimating Scotland's contribution to climate change

Estimating Scotland's contribution to climate change

GLOBAL GREENHOUSE gas emissions in 2017 were 32,500Mte (million tonnes). Britain's were 375Mte and Scotland's about 10 per cent of these. Thus Scotland contributes about 0.113 per cent of the global total. What is this ...

Jonathan Stanley
Scottish Conservatives must not run in the European elections if they dare extend our EU membership

Scottish Conservatives must not run in the European elections if they dare extend our EU membership

MARCH 29TH 2019 will be a momentous day. I'm not yet sure why but there are at least two reasons I can think of.

The first is that we leave the European ...

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 ...

Charles Harris
Review: The V&A Dundee – very good but it should promise so much more

Review: The V&A Dundee – very good but it should promise so much more

TOGETHER WITH MY ASSISTANT I recently visited the V&A Dundee, with the intention of providing a review of the building and its contents. 

Inside, the building itself has an open interior, with ...

Jill Stephenson
Confessions of a small-ship cruiser

Confessions of a small-ship cruiser

LOOKING DOWN from the white-painted church on a hill in Cartagena, Colombia, we surveyed the panorama of the harbour and sea front. In the harbour, we noticed a huge cruise ship, the Queen Victoria. Moored adjacent ...