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Ewen Stewart
Budget reaction: style triumphs over substance

Budget reaction: style triumphs over substance

YESTERDAY’s budget was a presentational victory over substance.  The Chancellor scattered more sweeties around, £60bn of them to be precise – tax rises were less than flagged and there was a series of bungs. From a ...

Max Young
 Austerity isn’t dead – it lives on in the SNP’s failure in pandemic support

Austerity isn’t dead – it lives on in the SNP’s failure in pandemic support

ON 25 FEBRUARY Stephen Boyle, Scotland’s Auditor General, released his latest report on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. He noted that the Scottish Government had received an extra £9.7 billion from the UK Government ...

Emma Hargan
 The Mummy Diaries – Next Monday can’t arrive soon enough as lockdown costs escalate

The Mummy Diaries – Next Monday can’t arrive soon enough as lockdown costs escalate

“WELL, THE SILVER LINING to being quarantined is we are not out spending money!” I hear someone saying…

Mmm, yeah. (While I click add to basket!)

It’s bad when ...

Dean M Thomson
Sturgeon says her piece: there’s a thing about pickles…

Sturgeon says her piece: there’s a thing about pickles…

NICOLA STURGEON boasted to Holyrood that she was ‘relishing’ her chance to appear before the Inquiry. Now if you are like me and you like relish, you will know relish is a cooked and pickled ...

Owen Polley
 Will British decency eventually kill the UK?

Will British decency eventually kill the UK?

IN BRITAIN, we are generally proud of our reputation for tolerance, fair-mindedness and moderation. These attitudes, which some people argue are under attack, can be virtues, but do they make us vulnerable too? Can qualities ...

Max Young
 The SNP fails again – Scottish homeless death rate three times worse than England's

The SNP fails again – Scottish homeless death rate three times worse than England's

IT ONLY TAKES a few scratches for the SNP’s progressive sheen to begin wearing away. Beneath it, an ugly truth – the nationalist party is unconcerned with providing basic standards for the people it claims ...

Gail MacDonald
 Our educational crisis – has intelligence gone out of fashion?

Our educational crisis – has intelligence gone out of fashion?

TO BE FAIR on Tony Blair, the expansion of the education system isn’t the only reason that intelligence has been chucked to the back of the wardrobe, but credit where credit is due, it’s a ...

Dean M Thomson
The Lord Advocate gives a masterclass on how not to give evidence to a Parliamentary Committee

The Lord Advocate gives a masterclass on how not to give evidence to a Parliamentary Committee

WHEN THE LORD ADVOCATE appeared before the Scottish Parliament committee of inquiry today, after being accused by a former Lord Chancellor of having been “absent without leave”, you would have thought discretion, transparency and humbleness ...

Alan Sked
 The danger of delusion in political posturing: Part two – Britain under the Tories

The danger of delusion in political posturing: Part two – Britain under the Tories

‘POLITICAL PARTIES are machines designed to gain, regain or retain power. The most successful ones, naturally, have the job of retaining power, which means that they usually win elections and are prone therefore to campaign ...

Catherine McBride
 Financial nationalism means being closed, financial patriotism requires being open

Financial nationalism means being closed, financial patriotism requires being open

MANY PEOPLE get upset when a company established in Scotland or the UK is sold to a foreign investor, even if there is no loss of jobs or investment. They often demand the government must ...

Stuart Crawford
 Musings of a Real Tank Commander – Part 28 fighting the wrong wars, death’s acre and a careering Hercules’

Musings of a Real Tank Commander – Part 28 fighting the wrong wars, death’s acre and a careering Hercules’

WITH THE Kuwait War over, life in HQBFME became increasingly tedious as we all waited to hear when we might be able to go home. However, one important task we had to complete was the ...

Douglas Brodie
 Follow the science? Aye, right – the unscientific mishandling of Scotland’s Covid response

Follow the science? Aye, right – the unscientific mishandling of Scotland’s Covid response

LAST OCTOBER I sent Nicola Sturgeon an email to express my anger at her “Unscientific Mishandling of Coronavirus”. That email is posted online here and is still valid. I received an acknowledgment implying I would get ...