Today’s Thinking

Elizabeth Smith
Another #SNP fail: The government needs to act if it wants to deliver

Another #SNP fail: The government needs to act if it wants to deliver

EVERYONE KNOWS WHY the expansion of child care is so important, such is the overwhelming evidence about the benefit of quality care in the early years of a child’s life and the importance of child ...

Effie Deans
Deterring Russian aggression requires insight and determination

Deterring Russian aggression requires insight and determination

THERE IS NOT that much in Russia that works, they have practically no exports except oil, gas and commodities, which in part is the reason their economy has been in steep decline lately, but there ...

Eben Wilson
Dinosaurs are dangerous. We don’t need a country run by them

Dinosaurs are dangerous. We don’t need a country run by them

THAT THE DINOSAURS in the Labour Party who are devoted to socialism still hold to their creed may seem bizarre to many who read these columns.  But they do, and many of our younger generation ...

Ross Thomson
Banning electric shock collars does not go far enough

Banning electric shock collars does not go far enough

I WAS VERY PLEASED to see the announcement from DEFRA Secretary Michael Gove at the weekend proposing government action to ban electric shock collars (ESCs) for cats and dogs.

For some time ...

Stuart Crawford
HMS Queen Elizabeth? What’s in a name?

HMS Queen Elizabeth? What’s in a name?

SELDOM in British military history has so much nonsense been written than has recently been forthcoming on the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The biggest warship ever built for the Royal Navy ...

Murdo Fraser
Is the Continuity Bill the most boring constitutional crisis in history?

Is the Continuity Bill the most boring constitutional crisis in history?

OUTSIDE THE POLITICAL BUBBLE, no one seems the least interested in the latest drama at Holyrood. The introduction by the SNP government of the EU Continuity Bill, its response to what it rather hysterically calls ...

Jill Stephenson
Narcissism and Scottish Nationalism

Narcissism and Scottish Nationalism

RECENTLY, the classicist Bettany Hughes presented a programme on BBC Radio 4 on ‘narcissism’. Much of what she said struck a chord: what she was outlining amounted to a description of the Scottish nationalist approach ...

Liam Kerr
We must do more to protect our children from cyber crime

We must do more to protect our children from cyber crime

RECENTLY I spoke in a debate on cyber security, with a particular focus on young people’s experiences. What was striking was how little I, as an average, reasonably tech-savvy parent in my early 40s, actually ...

Jonathan Stanley
Enough of the circus, it’s time for the ringleader to go

Enough of the circus, it’s time for the ringleader to go

GIVEN HOW CRUCIAL the upcoming Brexit Bill is to the wellbeing of our economy and democracy there has been far to many circus antics. Rare is it we have a chance to hold our elected ...

Jonathan Stanley
Three reasons why the Irish Border shouldn't be affected by Brexit

Three reasons why the Irish Border shouldn't be affected by Brexit

IT IS BECOMING less challenging and more tedious listening to those who bemoan Brexit for threatening a hard border on the island of Ireland. There are many reasons why this is nonsense but three of ...

Eben Wilson
Generational theft and social care – how to end the crisis

Generational theft and social care – how to end the crisis

TODAY’S YOUNG PEOPLE have inherited two deeply indebted Ponzi schemes from their parents and grandparents; the state pension and social care.

A Ponzi scheme is an assurance offer that promises high pay ...

Jonathan Stanley
The debate on medicinal cannabis is as hazy as ever

The debate on medicinal cannabis is as hazy as ever

I FIND FEW THINGS in medicine as bizarre as the medical marijuana debate. And it has a lot of competition.

It attracts, centrists, libertarians (not me) and socialists alike. It is enticing ...