Today’s Thinking

Jill Stephenson
Pledges, excuses and hypocrisy: an anatomy of bad losers

Pledges, excuses and hypocrisy: an anatomy of bad losers

AS WE APPROACH the third anniversary of the Scottish referendum, it is time to take stock of some of its effects. Although the pro-union side won, the separatists have behaved ever since as if they ...

Liam Kerr
Why has Scotland fallen behind England in tackling FGM?

Why has Scotland fallen behind England in tackling FGM?

FEMALE Genital Mutilation, commonly known as FGM, is a barbaric practice. We cannot allow political or cultural sensitivities to mask that simple fact. Nor can we allow them to get in the way of eradicating ...

Jonathan Stanley
Kill the 'kill switch' on mobility

Kill the 'kill switch' on mobility

The day has a y in it, therefore some idiot in government or opposition thinks the free mobility of citizens needs degraded. In less than a week it has been suggested laws on van hire need tightened up and ...

Stuart Crawford
Barcelona Attacks: Edinburgh Next?

Barcelona Attacks: Edinburgh Next?

ANOTHER WEEK, another terrorist outrage in a European city. This time Barcelona (and nearby Cambrils) joined Nice, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm and London (three times) in the list of recent targets for ISIS’ new terrorism strategy. This so-called “low tech” terrorism, involving driving vehicles at ...

Eben Wilson
Whose problem is the Irish problem?

Whose problem is the Irish problem?

THE IRISH TAOISEACH’S recent speech in Belfast repeated a standardised pro-EU political position including the mantra that there should be “a plan for a hard Brexit“. This echoed what many of the commentariat demand and, ...

Jonathan Stanley
Big Bobby is watching you

Big Bobby is watching you

FEW THINGS irritate advocates of civil liberties that the perverse need of our authorities to spy on fellow citizens.

The Oyster card you scan on a bus,  the smartphone that logs onto available networks, the ...

Joseph Hackett
Abolishing the 'Tampon Tax' should only be the start of Brexit reforms

Abolishing the 'Tampon Tax' should only be the start of Brexit reforms

IN MARCH 2016, Britain appeared to have scored a rare victory in Brussels. The deeply unpopular and unfair “tampon tax” – the 5 per cent VAT applied to women’s sanitary products – was finally going to ...

Jonathan Stanley
Pro or anti treaty? Could you make that choice?

Pro or anti treaty? Could you make that choice?

A CENTURY AGO a plucky new nation, the Saorstat, embarked on a voyage. How could the Irish Free State survive and thrive outside the UK and strike up trade relations with the rest of the ...

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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