Today’s Thinking

William Ross
Double Double Toil and Trouble - A Yes/Leave view of the general election

Double Double Toil and Trouble - A Yes/Leave view of the general election

SINCE I LAST WROTE for ThinkScotland.org we have had a momentous election, which disappointed me in many ways. Wearing my "Yes" hat, I was disappointed (and frankly surprised to some extent) about the serious SNP ...

Jack Ponton
What’s better? Fracking or Wind Turbines?

What’s better? Fracking or Wind Turbines?

IT IS AN ARTICLE OF FAITH amongst the environmental lobby that wind energy is good, benign and undisruptive, and that obtaining shale gas by hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ is damaging and disruptive.

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Liam Kerr
The SNP's sectarian politics is no way to fight sectarianism

The SNP's sectarian politics is no way to fight sectarianism

THE SNP does not shy away from ill-conceived, controversial legislation – you only have to look at the past few years: the Named Person Scheme, the destruction of British Transport Police in Scotland, and the ...

Jonathan Stanley
Why has the Scottish Office supported a poison pill in the Brexit Bill?

Why has the Scottish Office supported a poison pill in the Brexit Bill?

AT LONG LAST we have seen the first draft of the Great Repeal Bill. It was always going to be sport deciphering the jargon and legalese and sure enough it was worth the patience.

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Martin Livermore
Are electric cars the future?

Are electric cars the future?

AS GOVERNMENTS continue to push for cars with lower CO2 emissions, most manufacturers have gone beyond simply making their diesel and petrol-engined models more efficient (although the results of this have been impressive). They have also ...

Jill Stephenson
Neverendum: the referendum question in Quebec

Neverendum: the referendum question in Quebec

ON 24 JULY 1967, President Charles De Gaulle of France made a rousing speech to a crowd of some twenty thousand in front of the city hall in Montreal, which culminated in the words ‘Long ...

Jonathan Stanley
Tory paternalism was the Conservative's problem, not the solution

Tory paternalism was the Conservative's problem, not the solution

THERE IS MISCHIEF brewing in Westminster, just in time for the summer recess of course. Apparently a vote for this was indeed a vote for that, and a... are you sick of this already? I ...

Graham Simpson
Surprise, surprise! The SNP advocates yet more centralisation – disguised as school reform

Surprise, surprise! The SNP advocates yet more centralisation – disguised as school reform

TODAY, sees parliament debate education governance in Scotland. It follows one of the Scottish Government’s many consultations and John Swinney’s subsequent ‘Next Steps’ paper.

The first conclusion to draw from his response is ...

ThinkScotland
The Prime Minister's statement to Parliament on the EU Council rights of EU citizens in the UK

The Prime Minister's statement to Parliament on the EU Council rights of EU citizens in the UK

WITH permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement on last week’s European Council - and the proposals we are publishing today which, on a reciprocal basis, seek to give reassurance and certainty ...

Jonathan Stanley
Theresa May should be cut some slack

Theresa May should be cut some slack

ONE OF the most powerful defining moments in the our relations with the poor and vulnerable is taking shape in London.  The fire at Grenfell Tower has claimed many lives and the events leading up ...

Elizabeth Smith
Will John Swinney deliver real change for the better?

Will John Swinney deliver real change for the better?

TODAY, John Swinney will make a statement to Parliament in which he will outline how he intends to reform school governance.

He will start by saying that the status quo ...

Andrew Morrison
The people of the UK have spoken - we want to stay British

The people of the UK have spoken - we want to stay British

FOR THE LAST five or so years our Union has been under threat. It started with peak Nat in 2011, the inevitable referendum on Scottish Independence, the long gruelling three years of campaigning to save ...