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Alan Sked
The Political peculiarities of interwar Scotland

The Political peculiarities of interwar Scotland

ALTHOUGH SCOTLAND for the main part reflected British political developments during the interwar period, she demonstrated particular features which need to be examined. She was divided over religion for a start with a marked ...

Cllr Jo Mowat
Pandemic planning needs to keep the City alive now – or there shall be nothing left open for the future

Pandemic planning needs to keep the City alive now – or there shall be nothing left open for the future

EDINBURGH CITY COUNCIL is at it again, planning the big picture future whilst the city slowly stops turning.  

Wednesday this week brought a report to the Planning Committee to commission a ‘Strategy for Princes ...

Emma Hargan
 The Mummy Diaries - It’s the terrible two’s... but this time the female version!

The Mummy Diaries - It’s the terrible two’s... but this time the female version!

THIS is my life…

“Morning Lily!” I say optimistically.

“NOOOOO!”  Roars Lily.

“Did you have a good sleep?” I ask.

“NOOOOO!” Roars Lily.

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Stuart Crawford
 Why is the British Army’s equipment procurement so shambolic?

Why is the British Army’s equipment procurement so shambolic?

GENERALLY SPEAKING, the British electorate doesn’t take much interest in defence matters. There are obvious exceptions to this statement – Battle of Britain Day, Remembrance Sunday, and various other anniversaries like Arnhem and D Day ...

Tom Gallagher
 ThinkBooks: A temperate and sage university gives his insight on Britain and Europe

ThinkBooks: A temperate and sage university gives his insight on Britain and Europe

REGRETTABLY, Vernon Bogdanor is currently one of the few British political scientists likely to have a temperate reaction if presented with an essay from a student which vigorously lays out the failings of the EU. ...

Aidan MacMillan
 Scotland during the Covid Pandemic: a pseudo-communist state

Scotland during the Covid Pandemic: a pseudo-communist state

THERE HAS BEEN a disproportionate level of scrutiny and criticism from the media of the UK Government’s Covid response compared to that of the Scottish Government’s. Perhaps one area in which both the UK and ...

Emma Hargan
 The Mummy Diaries – Fine Dining, memorable pictures and what would you do without me?

The Mummy Diaries – Fine Dining, memorable pictures and what would you do without me?

HI PEEPS! Another week, another blog. Even though it’s been a pretty rough year, the weeks seem to be flying in at the moment. I’m not sure if it’s because we are settling down to ...

George Galloway
 A British Premiership? It's a match-winner

A British Premiership? It's a match-winner

THE BIGGEST SINGLE THING that could be done to cement the union between Scotland and England would be for Celtic and Rangers to join The Premiership. I have pressed this case upon every Prime Minister ...

Linda Holt
 What will end first, the Covid lockdowns or Sturgeon’s leadership?

What will end first, the Covid lockdowns or Sturgeon’s leadership?

NICOLA STURGEON is on the ropes as never before. If Scotland’s media and opposition were dogged and savage enough, her interview on Sunday morning with Sky’s Sophy Ridge would have gone down as her Prince Andrew moment. ...

Linda Holt
 We must make the union feel real, not a political abstraction

We must make the union feel real, not a political abstraction

DOUGLAS ROSS made his first speech as Scottish Tory leader at a Conservative Party Conference on Saturday. It was a belter – though not because it criticised the SNP. Instead, Ross eviscerated his own party.

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Alan Grant
ThinkMovies: Saint Maud

ThinkMovies: Saint Maud

FRIENDS, the other critics who have seen and written about Saint Maud have put me in a bit of an awkward situation again. Like they did when talking about Booksmart, many of my colleagues appear to have ...

Eben Wilson
A better rule of six – to help see Scottish nationalism for the mirage it is

A better rule of six – to help see Scottish nationalism for the mirage it is

SOME NUMBERS have given me pause for thought recently about Scotland’s future.  The first is the small poll that suggested that more than 65 per cent of Scots youngsters would vote for independence.

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