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Brian Monteith
Right of reply? Unite show how not to do it

Right of reply? Unite show how not to do it

Unite cannot ignore Sikorsky fatalities by pointing only to the Super Puma

Stuart Crawford
Talking ‘bout my generation

Talking ‘bout my generation

“The things they do look awful cold

I hope I die before I get old”

I’D LIKE TO BE ABLE to claim that the catalyst for this article was ...

Eben Wilson
Our liberal culture is smarter than failed planners such as Blair

Our liberal culture is smarter than failed planners such as Blair

A FRIEND OF MINE who knew Tony Blair when he was a young barrister described him to me as “a chameleon, a snowball and a prat”.   I disagree; I think Blair has a worldview that forces ...

Jeremy Balfour
The Christian meaning of Easter  today

The Christian meaning of Easter today

ANOTHER Easter Weekend has come and will soon be gone – and too many Easter Eggs eaten. Why in 21st Century Scotland do we still celebrate Easter? For Christians the meaning of Easter is Jesus Christ's victory ...

Jackie Anderson
Death by misadventure? It's now all about the money

Death by misadventure? It's now all about the money

A TRAGEDY HAPPENED at Buncrana, Co-Donegal in 2016 when Sean McGrotty decided to drive down a harbour pier covered with algae and was unable to stop the car sliding into the waters of Lough Swilly. ...

Martin Livermore
Finding the Holy Grail: The pursuit of happiness

Finding the Holy Grail: The pursuit of happiness

Happiness, happiness, the greatest gift that I possess
I thank the Lord I've been blessed

With more than my share of happiness

Ken Dodd 1927-2018

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Murdo Fraser
The Nazi Pug and the limits of free speech

The Nazi Pug and the limits of free speech

THE CASE OF Count Dankula’s Nazi-saluting dog has this week put the Scottish justice system in the international spotlight. On Tuesday, at Airdrie Sheriff Court, 29-year-old Mark Meechan of Coatbridge (aka Youtube comedian Count Dankula) was ...

Stephen ORourke
Book review: Silent, upon a peak in Darien

Book review: Silent, upon a peak in Darien

Darien: A Journey in Search of Empire  

by John McKendrick QC (Birlinn Publishers, 2016 – Paperback, March 2018)

THIS REVIEW begins, I’m afraid, with an apology. ...

Christopher Anderson
Who’d be a policeman these days?!

Who’d be a policeman these days?!

I AM PROUD to say that I have a long family association with the police in Scotland. On the right side of the law, I hasten to add! One of my close relatives, in fact, is ...

Stuart Crawford
Book Review: The Deadly Trade - The complete history of submarine history from Archimedes to the Present

Book Review: The Deadly Trade - The complete history of submarine history from Archimedes to the Present

By Iain Ballantyne. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, ISBN HB 978 1 4091 5851 6, 729 pages, £25.00.

Christopher Anderson
The tragic Rembrandt and the waster Hals

The tragic Rembrandt and the waster Hals

ONE SUNDAY afternoon, when I was a very young soldier stationed, for a while, in London, I wandered into the Tate Gallery on the Embankment. I was immediately hooked. I remember standing spellbound before the ...

Jonathan Stanley
Our panic buying comes from learned helplessness... beat the crowd!

Our panic buying comes from learned helplessness... beat the crowd!

ANOTHER PLAGUE of locusts is receding. The Beast from the East is retreating. Mothers and others can all skip gaily to the supermarkets to buy bread and milk again, and fill up on petrol too!

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