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Max Young
 SNP vaccination policy could only have resulted in the deaths of thousands more Scots

SNP vaccination policy could only have resulted in the deaths of thousands more Scots

THE UK IS ON TRACK to meet its target of 15 million Coronavirus vaccine injections by the 15th of February. Some 1.8 million jabs were given last week, and the daily average is accelerating. 

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Linda Holt
The First Minister’s Freudian slip

The First Minister’s Freudian slip

AT THIS WEEK'S First Minister's Questions, the LibDem leader Willie Rennie had his customary go at Nicola Sturgeon about testing. This time he focussed on the 50,000 PCR tests that go unused each day, ...

Charles Harris
 Perthshire in the snow

Perthshire in the snow

Dear Reader,

AT THE BEGINNING of our New Year, I have enclosed for you a photo of a finished painting entitled, Glen of Ice and Fire, with a small piece I wrote ...

Jon Dobinson
 Take Junction 3 off the road to Hell? That’s the choice ahead on lockdowns

Take Junction 3 off the road to Hell? That’s the choice ahead on lockdowns

NOW THAT we have satnav, it’s rare to feel the frustration of travelling in a car where the driver resolutely heads in the wrong direction despite being told repeatedly that ‘it’s the other way!’

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Michelle Ballantyne
 If the vaccine is our saviour what is the tipping point when restrictions can be lifted?

If the vaccine is our saviour what is the tipping point when restrictions can be lifted?

THE EMERGENCE of Covid-19 and its subsequent variants has seen decisions being made that would have been unthinkable only a year ago. The idea our liberties could be restricted, our livelihoods threatened and our children’s ...

Dr Bruce Halliday
 Is the NHS really British?

Is the NHS really British?

IS THE NHS BRITISH? I ask because early one morning recently I tweeted that opinion. Concluding with the bold declaration that a vote for the SNP was a vote to leave the NHS.  

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Emma Hargan
 The Mummy Diaries – Toilet training Pt. Deuxième – the Dodo Fairy calls

The Mummy Diaries – Toilet training Pt. Deuxième – the Dodo Fairy calls

ANOTHER Groundhog week! I’m not sure if it’s because it’s January, or maybe the weather, or maybe it’s because it’s not new anymore.

Is it just me or is everyone finding this ...

Alan Grant
 Pros and cons of Trump’s Twitter termination

Pros and cons of Trump’s Twitter termination

WHAT MUST it be like to be Donald John Trump at this very moment? Imagine, if you can; you have lost an election that you guaranteed you would win, have seen a mob organised in ...

Tom Gallagher
 Ceausescu’s messiah complex: could it happen in Scotland now?

Ceausescu’s messiah complex: could it happen in Scotland now?

PLURALIST democracies as well as communist People’s Democracies have legally codified rules setting out how their political systems are supposed to function. The separation of powers is supposed to be the bedrock of liberal democracy. ...

Max Young
 Madurovirus & Coronavirus: Venezuela’s hell-on-earth experience of 2020

Madurovirus & Coronavirus: Venezuela’s hell-on-earth experience of 2020

THE SITUATION in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela was far from pretty on the eve of Coronavirus’s arrival in Latin America. Struggling through the worst economic crisis of any country in peacetime, five million ...

Stuart Crawford
 Musings of a REAL tank commander – Part 24 Patriot games in Kuwait

Musings of a REAL tank commander – Part 24 Patriot games in Kuwait

DID somebody say there’s a war on?  Back at the Permanent Joint HQ in the UK (our superior HQ), they were beginning to get a bit twitchy at the number of RAF Tornado losses – five ...

Robert Kilgour
 Sturgeon and Freeman can’t hide their ducking of Covid care home inquiry

Sturgeon and Freeman can’t hide their ducking of Covid care home inquiry

SINCE THE NEW LOCKDOWN measures came into force there have been murmurs from some MSPs about whether or not it would be wise to put the May Scottish Parliament elections on hold while Scotland gets ...