Today’s Thinking

Brian Monteith
Your McNanny State controls more than just smoking

Your McNanny State controls more than just smoking

WHETHER you are a smoker or not everyone should be concerned about the latest tobacco control action plan that proposes a ban on smoking in council houses, released recently by the Scottish Government.

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Jonathan Stanley
Identity politics and silly stunts may well have made a second referendum more likely

Identity politics and silly stunts may well have made a second referendum more likely

IT'S AN ODD and brave opinion to venture into public but I believe the current state of politics in Scotland has created a well lit path to a second referendum with the missing ingredient even ...

Stuart Crawford
World Cup English commentators’ Bingo

World Cup English commentators’ Bingo

Hours of Fun for All the Family

For the evening of 3rd July.

WINNER gets a night on the town with Mark Lawrenson. Runner-up gets two nights with Mark ...

Paul Spare
Our weather defines us - and defines our potential powerlessness

Our weather defines us - and defines our potential powerlessness

THERE USED TO BE regular criticisms of the British that they were obsessed with the weather in their conversations, even whilst abroad.  Certainly, some of my earliest memories are of older family members recalling how tough ...

Liam Kerr
Parole system must change before another tragic murder

Parole system must change before another tragic murder

PUBLIC CONFIDENCE in the parole system across the UK has been shaken. In the wake of the John Worboys case – the jailed taxi driver who was released on parole earlier this year despite a history ...

Jonathan Stanley
Politicians – more in common, but not with us

Politicians – more in common, but not with us

TWO YEARS ago I was debating Brexit at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on behalf of the Bow Group. It was a testy meeting as a room full of remain-supporting academics invariably is.

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Tom Gallagher
Russia? It’s not just the football that deserves a look

Russia? It’s not just the football that deserves a look

AS THE WORLD anticipates a thrilling football World Cup football from Russia, few minds will be dwelling on the Russian Civil war that began a century ago. Yet I hazard to ask what relevance, if ...

Murdo Fraser
Fiscal Commission reveals how Derek Mackay is taking us into the red

Fiscal Commission reveals how Derek Mackay is taking us into the red

IN THE EARLY DAYS of the Scottish Parliament, arguments raged as to whether it should acquire additional tax-raising powers. Those of us who supported this cause within the Scottish Conservatives argued that this would make ...

Liam Kerr
Restorative justice needs to be taken seriously

Restorative justice needs to be taken seriously

THIS WEEK saw the publication of Lord Bracadale’s “Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation in Scotland”. This was commissioned by the Scottish Government last year to examine the country's hate crime laws and is a full ...

Tom Gallagher
Can Glasgow survive the arrival of Channel 4?

Can Glasgow survive the arrival of Channel 4?

CITIES ARE FRAGILE ENTITIES especially in the absence of prudent elites and representative community groups capable of foiling unwise decisions. Look around at Glasgow’s boarded-up churches or at the statues of military and religious figures ...

William Ross
How Holocaust equivalence went uncorrected in The National

How Holocaust equivalence went uncorrected in The National

THERE IS no issue in this World that drives the glitterati and the chatterati mad like the Arab-Israeli conflict. Not even Brexit. As Rev David Robertson observes, there exists for some political causes a deep ...

Murdo Fraser
SNP’s Growth Commission promises “Austerity Max”

SNP’s Growth Commission promises “Austerity Max”

ONE OF THE MANY acknowledged weaknesses of the 2014 ‘Yes’ campaign was the Scottish Government’s White Paper on Independence, particularly in relation to economic issues. In more than 600 pages, there was just one devoted ...