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Ewen Stewart
 Hell hath no fury like a partner scorned

Hell hath no fury like a partner scorned

THE RESPONSE of the Johnson Government to blatant EU bullying has been one of moderation in the extreme. Far from being an outrageous breach of international law it is a cool, reasoned response to unacceptable ...

Alison Payne
 The logic of devolution requires reviving local democracy

The logic of devolution requires reviving local democracy

THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT has undoubtedly brought power and democracy closer to Scots while enabling greater time and focus to be given to our specific circumstances and priorities. 

However, while devolution transferred power ...

Ewen Stewart
Does the Treasury really want a death spiral?

Does the Treasury really want a death spiral?

WELL PLACED LEAKS suggest HM Treasury is indeed looking at the ‘traditional response’ to try and plug a £350bn plus covid-19 induced hole in public finances by raising taxes. According to reports the Treasury is ...

Allan Sutherland
 Thanks to the SNP the partition of Scotland is no longer as far-fetched as it used to be

Thanks to the SNP the partition of Scotland is no longer as far-fetched as it used to be

EVERY INDYREF needs its eve of poll “just to make sure” Vow. In 2014 it was tax powers, transport police and new welfare powers.  Imagine if, on the eve of an Indyref2, the British Prime Minister’s ...

Jane Lax
The Scottish lottery of Covid lockdown easing

The Scottish lottery of Covid lockdown easing

A DEAR FRIEND of mine died recently, a very active man who was in so many committees and had so many hobbies that under normal circumstance, the church would have been packed.  I, along with ...

Jane Lax
Why Covid-19 shows secession is a leap of faith in the dark

Why Covid-19 shows secession is a leap of faith in the dark

HAVING BEEN GIVEN the opportunity to write a defence for the Union, for me there was only one topic to look at – the one area that affects everything from the welfare provision for the ...

Ewen Stewart
Scotland already has a great trade deal with its neighbours, it's called the United Kingdom

Scotland already has a great trade deal with its neighbours, it's called the United Kingdom

SCOTLAND HAS UNFETTERED ACCESS to the wider UK market. The UK is the overwhelmingly critical market for Scotland’s economy accounting for £51.2bn of sales, almost £10,000 per head of population, which accounts for just ...

Victor Clements
It's time to take the secessionist bull by the horns

It's time to take the secessionist bull by the horns

THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has long since stopped playing by the rules, and what is more, it will be allowed to continue to do so by those who should be scrutinizing them. For anyone in ...

Stuart Crawford
Where now for the Liberal Democrats?

Where now for the Liberal Democrats?

THE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT PARTY finds itself lost at sea, rudderless, without sail or paddle, and devoid of compass. Famously, Odyseuss spent ten years afloat after the Siege of Troy – “long adrift on shipless ...

Neil Stratton
The Northern Agreement with Norway: a new model for the future?

The Northern Agreement with Norway: a new model for the future?

A NUMBER OF previous articles in this series have looked at the EU’s fisheries agreement with Norway. The first two of these totted up who caught how much of what and where, the third argued, ...

Robert Kilgour
Now is the time for bold initiatives to back social care

Now is the time for bold initiatives to back social care

AS WE BEGIN to unlock the lockdown the government needs to be bold and take some genuinely radical initiatives. I would like to suggest two.

The Prime Minister recently announced that the ...

Robert Kilgour
Freeman and Sturgeon should ‘fess up, be honest with us and move on

Freeman and Sturgeon should ‘fess up, be honest with us and move on

AT LAST, we are now seeing some signs of hope in the battle against Coronavirus.

At Renaissance Care, since our first resident tested positive for the disease on 3rd April, we ...