Today’s Thinking

Tony Trewavas
Applying science can make political policy much more effective

Applying science can make political policy much more effective

THERE IS MUCH common ground about supporting science in party manifestoes but with a few exceptions it is mostly motherhood and apple pie. Too often, politicians pay lip service to the use of evidence for ...

Jonathan Stanley
Our Claim of Right can only be honoured by voting Unionist

Our Claim of Right can only be honoured by voting Unionist

ON THURSDAY Scotland will vote in the UK General Election where we face a choice of two futures. On one path we vote for two Scottish Governments and on the other we vote for none.

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Elizabeth Smith
The Curriculum for Excellence needs to be reset

The Curriculum for Excellence needs to be reset

THE CURRICULUM FOR which was launched in 2004, was heralded as the most fundamental reform of Scottish education for a generation. Rightly, there were high expectations. 

There was near unanimous agreement that its ...

James Corbett
Election 2017? The Writer reawakens... JTR Corbett is back!

Election 2017? The Writer reawakens... JTR Corbett is back!

WELL, after a prolonged hiatus, I’m back. Fortunately nothing much has happened in my absence. Except Brexit… and Theresa May becoming PM… and Trump… and the Council Elections. Okay, maybe a little has happened since ...

Jill Stephenson
Sins of omission in the Nationalist narrative

Sins of omission in the Nationalist narrative

IT IS NOW a commonplace that Scottish nationalists tell lies. I rehearsed a number of these in a previous Think Scotland article. What is also clear is that Scottish nationalists cannot tell the ...

Jamie Greene
Nul points for oor Nicola

Nul points for oor Nicola

I AM PROBABLY not the only person who thinks that the most political event of the year graced our television screens just recently.  No, not the French presidential election, the German regional elections, nor even ...

Tony Trewavas
Britain should become an optimistic nation by backing Thorium for power generation

Britain should become an optimistic nation by backing Thorium for power generation

USE OF THORIUM instead of uranium in reactors can allay virtually all public concern over weapons proliferation, radioactive pollution, toxic waste and fuel that is costly and complicated to process. 

Thorium is ...

Murdo Fraser
The week Scottish Labour withered

The week Scottish Labour withered

“My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

FOR MOST of my life, the Labour Party has dominated the Scottish political scene ...

Jack Ponton
Fracking offers a green alternative to wind power

Fracking offers a green alternative to wind power

IT IS AN ARTICLE of faith among the environmental lobby that wind energy is benign and undisruptive, and that obtaining shale gas by hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) is damaging and disruptive.

The ...

Murdo Fraser
The record's stuck, Nicola, the SNP need a new tune

The record's stuck, Nicola, the SNP need a new tune

IT WAS A STAPLE plot device of Boys' Own adventure stories of the 1960s and '70s. Japanese soldiers from the Second World War were supposedly stranded on otherwise uninhabited Pacific islands, cut off from the ...

Effie Deans
Stuff your wheels, it's swing that will wreck the SNP

Stuff your wheels, it's swing that will wreck the SNP

AT THE LAST General Election in 2015 I voted for the Lib Dems. This was partly because I thought they had done a good job as part of the coalition government, but it was mainly ...

Liam Kerr
Reaching for the skies requires more ambition

Reaching for the skies requires more ambition

AIR PASSENGER DUTY (“APD”) is being devolved to Scotland and, as a result of the Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill, an Air Departure Tax (“ADT”) will replace APD in Scotland from April 2018.

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