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Jonathan Stanley
Ships Whay Hae! Is Ferguson Marine another lemon disguised as a peach?

Ships Whay Hae! Is Ferguson Marine another lemon disguised as a peach?

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS bung as much taxpayers' cash into them as possible, preferably with as little analysis as possible into the value of doing so.

Derek Mackay has never disappointed ...

Jonathan Stanley
Slaughter of the lambs all because of Brexit

Slaughter of the lambs all because of Brexit

IT HAD TO HAPPEN.  At some point as we close in on leaving the EU the Remoaners would come up with something so absurd that the lunacy of their argument could only be appreciated at ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries: One baby, one threenager – Week 3

The Mummy Diaries: One baby, one threenager – Week 3

THIS WEEK has been poop! No, I don’t mean we’ve had a tough week. Well, actually I do, but I mean this week has literally been about poop! This next phase I had never heard ...

Miles Saltiel
Will it be a Brexit Biarritz?

Will it be a Brexit Biarritz?

FROM Saturday 24 to Monday 26 August the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States will meet in Biarritz for the 2019 G7 summit. This will be the ...

Frankie Hutcheson
Scots Tories frozen in Boris's headlights

Scots Tories frozen in Boris's headlights

SATURDAY'S Scottish edition of the Times led its front page with the headline, “Tories disown Davidson”, reporting an article on the previous day’s Conservative Home  league table of cabinet and some other well-known Conservative politicians (1). Ruth Davidson sat at ...

Nick Cook
Is it time for a new UK drugs policy?

Is it time for a new UK drugs policy?

HURRICANE BORIS already makes it feel like a lifetime ago. But for a brief period early in the summer, the Conservative Party leadership contest appeared set to become the unlikely catalyst for a fresh national ...

Alan Grant
ThinkMovies: Review – The current war

ThinkMovies: Review – The current war

AS THE ONLY real superpower left on the planet, the United States of America is a legitimate target for criticism. Given the level of influence that all things American have on life in the rest ...

Miles Saltiel
Is there a change in the Brexit weather?

Is there a change in the Brexit weather?

IN One hundred days we pointed to “high” and “low” roads for the new government to follow to change the parliamentary arithmetic. This would be encouraging us with new possibilities, in particular trade deals; or ...

Frankie Hutcheson
What is Ruth Davidson and the Scottish Conservative Party up to?

What is Ruth Davidson and the Scottish Conservative Party up to?

THERE CAN SCARCELY BE a Conservative in Scotland who has not regarded the growing gulf between Ruth Davidson and Boris Johnson with mounting disquiet.

“Operation Arse”, a whispering campaign that started in ...

Paul Spare
Do we face climate extinction or self-destruction?

Do we face climate extinction or self-destruction?

THE PRESSURE GROUP Extinction Rebellion has garnered considerable publicity in recent weeks with their demands for policy changes to mitigate Global Warming.  Its demands are very generalised but include the UK economy becoming carbon neutral by ...

Stuart Crawford
Islay’s secret wartime visitors

Islay’s secret wartime visitors

THE ISLAND OF ISLAY, as many people will know, is the furthest south of the islands off the west coast of Scotland, known collectively as the Hebrides.  It is part of the sub-grouping known as the ...

Ewen Stewart
How some unionists are abetting the nationalist cause

How some unionists are abetting the nationalist cause

THERE SEEMS A STRANGE COALITION is developing between the forces of Scottish Nationalism and elements of Unionism in Scotland that no-deal Brexit may break the UK union. Some of the claims of the SNP are to ...