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William Ross
The logic of voting Conservative has won me over...

The logic of voting Conservative has won me over...

THERE IT IS! I have done it! Something I could never have imagined. I have ticked the Conservative and Unionist box in my postal vote! I urge every single Scottish voter, whether Nationalist or Unionist to ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
Knowing one's place belongs to the Britain we are leaving behind

Knowing one's place belongs to the Britain we are leaving behind

OCCASIONALLY IN THE FOG OF WAR for votes a moment of truth arrives. That deep down many remainers are both pro-migration and anti-foreigner. All too often remainers have extolled the benefits of the economic contribution ...

Miles Saltiel
Unleashing Boris remains an option, but Tory campaign resists the temptation

Unleashing Boris remains an option, but Tory campaign resists the temptation

SO FAR, the election has been a slow bicycle-race. Farage unsaddled himself at the outset and Swinson has fallen off; I return to them below. As to the leaders of the major parties, their looks ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
How the SNP myth works: the tension and reflection of narcissism

How the SNP myth works: the tension and reflection of narcissism

FOR A WHILE NOW I have been thinking of how best to describe the SNP and its leadership.  Then this week I happened to stare up at the ceiling of a hotel lobby.

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Allan Sutherland
Facing up to the SNP threat means thinking and voting tactically

Facing up to the SNP threat means thinking and voting tactically

“IF SCOTLAND votes for Independence I’ll move to England”. I have heard a lot of people saying they’d move to Northumberland and no doubt cause a property boom…

I said this in ...

Frankie Hutcheson
As ignorant armies clash by night

As ignorant armies clash by night

NOW THAT Brexit-Halloween is past, and the “will there/won’t there be an election” suspense has broken, we find ourselves flung into full-on campaign mode. It feels simultaneously familiar and disturbingly new.

What ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
For snobby Nationalists and Greens, the real Scotland is as far away as ever

For snobby Nationalists and Greens, the real Scotland is as far away as ever

LIFTED almost word for word from The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell, it is worth remembering during this season of ill-will just how poorly Scottish Nationalists really understand Scottish people. Despite a great many needs ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
The truth may harm Sturgeon's chances more than unionists could hope for

The truth may harm Sturgeon's chances more than unionists could hope for

AND WE'RE OFF, again, into a snap General Election. It could have come soon enough for many of us who simply want the result of the 2016 referendum respected.  Polls predict the SNP will regain ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
The mask has slipped. There is something dark behind Ruth's second act

The mask has slipped. There is something dark behind Ruth's second act

NARCISSISM is a very interesting beast. For good reason it goes by the moniker of the Papillon Noir, the black butterfly.

While a person can seem sprightly, dainty, vulnerable and colourful – ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
Death of a Saleswoman:  The Tupperware Tory swaps lobby firms

Death of a Saleswoman: The Tupperware Tory swaps lobby firms

TUPPERWARE is one of those things that everyone has in their cupboard. Plastic, translucent, most often empty and the only distinguishing feature tends to be a colourful lid. Otherwise you can put in it whatever ...

Brian Monteith
12 simple reasons Boris, binning the Backstop still isn’t Brexit

12 simple reasons Boris, binning the Backstop still isn’t Brexit

FIRST – The withdrawal Agreement – even without the ‘Backstop’ – will put the UK under the de facto jurisdiction of a group of 27 foreign powers, leaving the UK powerless to veto laws or procedures affecting ...

Alan Sked
Slavery, Scotland and reparations

Slavery, Scotland and reparations

THE NEWS that my old alma mater, the University of Glasgow, is to give £30 million to the University of the West Indies in compensation for the donations made to it in the past by slaveholders ...