Today’s Thinking

Brian Monteith
Hold your nose and take the brave pills

Hold your nose and take the brave pills

SO HERE WE ARE after a six-week-long general election campaign and we seem to be no clearer about what the real costs and honest intentions of the main parties are. 

In a ...

Bill Jamieson
Posted missing in fantasy election politics – real numbers

Posted missing in fantasy election politics – real numbers

ALMOST EVERY DAY brings fresh SNP declarations on “fighting austerity” and “resisting Tory cuts”. Pious pledges to combat income and wealth inequality then follow dodgy Scottish government statistics on how wealth is unfairly concentrated in ...

Bill Jamieson
Our votes and views are not always the same as our actions

Our votes and views are not always the same as our actions

HOW PEOPLE VOTE is not always the same as how they say they will vote. And what people really think is not always the same as what they say they think.

These ...

Bill Jamieson
The Scottish Government's unsustainable delusion

The Scottish Government's unsustainable delusion

THE MINUTE the Scottish Government’s refreshed economic strategy popped up on the screen I knew I was in trouble. 

In the opening paragraphs alone the word “sustainable” appears no less than six ...

Brian Monteith
Can the Scots Tories ever have a better chance?

Can the Scots Tories ever have a better chance?

THE TRADITIONAL view of conservative parties is that they seek to preserve what is considered to be the best institutions within a society and are supportive only of gradual evolutionary reform. That all changed in ...

Bill Jamieson
The new (and very old) Scaremongers

The new (and very old) Scaremongers

CENTRAL to the forthcoming general election in May will be the critical question of Britain’s relationship with the European Union and in particular the Conservatives’ commitment to renegotiation and a subsequent referendum. 

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Bill Jamieson
Pink Bus: Just what Jim Murphy needs!

Pink Bus: Just what Jim Murphy needs!

WANTED: Anything, just anything, to lift Scottish Labour’s election campaign out of the poo. 

Having upset the Catholics and been hit by the self-created ‘Girder-gate’ scandal – Scottish Labour leader Jim ...

Bill Jamieson
Global debt and the Catch-22

Global debt and the Catch-22

IS THE great debt crisis slowly but steadily receding into the past? A survey from McKinsey Global Institute compels a total re-think of this comforting illusion. 

Since 2008 the rhetoric of Western ...

Bill Jamieson
Time to ban the word austerity

Time to ban the word austerity

WHAT IS “austerity”? It is time, surely, this word was banned.  

It has become so ubiquitous, so frequently invoked that it seems no critique of government policy is complete without it ...

Bill Jamieson
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NOTE THE NUMBER in this headline. It’s a personal reference number. Many have been given one. It’s to hold and keep for ever. You’ll need to write it down and put it somewhere safe because ...

Bill Jamieson
That Autumn Statement in full

That Autumn Statement in full

HOORAY, it’s here at last. The Autumn Statement. Wednesday December 3 may be the official date. But for days beforehand we’ve had nothing but leaks. And not unofficial, unauthorised, naughty disgruntled civil service leaks. Real, ...

Brian Monteith
Scotland's NHS must come before the constitution

Scotland's NHS must come before the constitution

Devolution Report Card Part 2: If they are sincere about tackling inequality Scottish politicians should not allow the Smith Commission’s report to distract them from the people’s number one priority of improving our healthcare services.