Today’s Thinking

Jonathan Stanley
Why are we funding enemies of our country?

Why are we funding enemies of our country?

FEW PEOPLE in European politics are as absurd as Leo Vadakar. The current Taoiseach has been very busy overplaying a weak hand badly.

I can't remember any Dublin politician being ...

Liam Kerr
How our criminal justice system is failing victims and their families

How our criminal justice system is failing victims and their families

AS IT STANDS, those who suffer the most from crime find themselves side-lined in favour of a process that cares more about helping offenders than the rights or needs of victims.

According ...

Eben Wilson
How the SNP Government skews the tax debate

How the SNP Government skews the tax debate

A NEW PAPER from the Scottish Government is keen for us to debate the future use of our income tax powers.  Our choices in this debate are framed thus: “income tax policy should ...

Jonathan Stanley
The Chancellor should raise whisky duty, and cut it too

The Chancellor should raise whisky duty, and cut it too

I LOVED the dodgems as a boy. Driving around in circles, banging into other children and their suffering fathers. Then finally, the cars all stop and everyone returns to glum normality once the cash runs ...

Murdo Fraser
Paradise lost in tax avoidance debate

Paradise lost in tax avoidance debate

THIS WEEK'S publication of the “Paradise Papers” reignited the public debate about tax avoidance. The revelation that various wealthy individuals would use offshore accounts in order to minimise their tax liability comes as no great ...

Alastair Stewart
Where now for Spain and Catalonia?

Where now for Spain and Catalonia?

WAS the Catalan vote for independence illegal? Yes. It’s that simple.

The 1978 Spanish Constitution, agreed across the country in the years after Franco’s death in 1975, makes two explicit provisions regarding ...

Elizabeth Smith
John Swinney at an impasse of his own making

John Swinney at an impasse of his own making

NOT SURPRISINGLY, the SNP has gone very quiet about its named persons policy. This is not because the policy is now so discredited – the public have seen to that – but because the proposed ...

Liam Kerr
Strangers on a train – can be strangers to the truth

Strangers on a train – can be strangers to the truth

RECENTLY I took a train from Aberdeen to Glasgow. Behind me sat a gentlemen engrossed in the “Nat onal”. Across the aisle from him, a woman with children who, on seeing his comic struck up ...

William Ross
A curious look at a curious cat

A curious look at a curious cat

WHEN I HEARD Nicola Sturgeon state during the SNP conference that she proposes to launch a new public Scottish Energy Corporation (SEC) to provide cheap energy to help those 900,0000 Scots in energy poverty, I saw ...

Murdo Fraser
Fracking and smacking bans show the Greens now call the shots

Fracking and smacking bans show the Greens now call the shots

IT HAS BEEN a bad week for the SNP Government. The roof is falling in at Bute House, meaning that Nicola Sturgeon and her husband have had to move out and into a hotel (at ...

Jonathan Stanley
The Full Jared stripped bare is no monster

The Full Jared stripped bare is no monster

AFTER JARED O'MARA burst onto the stage sometime Tuesday the Twitterati had a right old meltdown.

The humanity, oh the humanity! How could some beast defeat Cleggers and become MP for the ...

Jonathan Stanley
We need more right-of-centre opinions

We need more right-of-centre opinions

AS A EUROSCEPTIC right winger, I have seen for many years now a growing gap on the right. With all the talk of uniting the right for Brexit it's easy to loose sight of reality.
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