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Christine Padgham
What’s the real story of Covid-19 in Scotland?

What’s the real story of Covid-19 in Scotland?

WE ARE LIVING in extraordinary times. Whatever your view of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting mitigation strategies undertaken by governments worldwide, there has never been a time when governments had such wide-ranging control over ...

ThinkScotland
 First do no harm – An open letter from health professionals and scientists to the UK Prime Minister & First Ministers of the home nations

First do no harm – An open letter from health professionals and scientists to the UK Prime Minister & First Ministers of the home nations

An open letter signed by nearly 500 health professionals and scientists has been sent to the Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford. The letter, entitled “First do no harm” – the medical principle that ...

Alan Grant
 Make society for adults again!!

Make society for adults again!!

YEP, THAT'S IT! Put it on a red baseball cap and do me a run of 10,000!

Allow me to begin with a declaration. 

I don’t like children. 

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Fred Mackintosh
 The South Suburban Railway – an Edinburgh rail by-pass?

The South Suburban Railway – an Edinburgh rail by-pass?

TO EVERYTHING there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven.  In Edinburgh the months running up to a Scottish Parliament election is the time for MSPs to raise the prospect of ...

Jill Stephenson
 What a difference a decade makes thanks to the separatists

What a difference a decade makes thanks to the separatists

IT IS DIFFICULT NOW to remember what life in Scotland was like a decade or so ago. Part of this is because of the Coronavirus, but, even before it struck us this year, there were ...

Linda Holt
Michele Ballantyne’s resignation highlights Scottish Tory blues

Michele Ballantyne’s resignation highlights Scottish Tory blues

REMEMBER that heady time after Better Together when Ruth Davidson seemed to be leading a Scottish Conservative renaissance, throwing off the crusty old image of Scottish Tories as Westminster lackeys and delivering one breathtaking election ...

Stuart Crawford
 Musings of a REAL Tank Commander – Part 22 Noddy suits, a shock of pink, and gravy trains

Musings of a REAL Tank Commander – Part 22 Noddy suits, a shock of pink, and gravy trains

AND SO 1991 ARRIVED and found all of us at Headquarters British Forces Middle East (HQBFME) in reasonably good spirits. By now we realised that the chances of resolving the crisis in the Gulf without ...

Roger White
 Let’s STOP this ‘four nations’ nonsense

Let’s STOP this ‘four nations’ nonsense

THIS IS going to be short and sharp. Politicians who in any shape or form accept the legitimacy of the United Kingdom need to stop talking about the ‘four nations’ it comprises.  

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Alan Sked
Alex Salmond's imperious reign leaves independence denied

Alex Salmond's imperious reign leaves independence denied

THOMAS JEFFERSON’S Declaration of Independence ran to 1,320 words. Alex Salmond’s equivalent, his 26 November 2013 white paper, entitled ‘A Better Future’, which outlined his vision of Scottish independence, ran to 670 ...

Jonathan Saxty
 Scotland needs direct democracy not an authoritarian leader

Scotland needs direct democracy not an authoritarian leader

THE TIMES REPORTED last year that increasing numbers of young people want a strong leader. Two thirds of younger voters are in favour of “strongman leaders” prepared to defy parliament. A quarter believe that democracy is ...

Emma Hargan
The Mummy Diaries – Christmas orders, the Great Escape and the Santa ‘Claus’.

The Mummy Diaries – Christmas orders, the Great Escape and the Santa ‘Claus’.

WELL, after last week's parenting treat of little to no fights, everyone getting along and generally being happy and content, it was only a matter of time before a fresh batch of hell was waiting ...

Dr Catherine McCall
 Humza’s Hate Bill – will you be criminalized for someone else’s emotion?

Humza’s Hate Bill – will you be criminalized for someone else’s emotion?

MUCH has been written by legal experts and others about the vagueness within the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. Vagueness in law is certainly dangerous. If the state is going to use power ...