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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, ...

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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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 ...

Jonathan Saxty
 The struggle for Brexit continues

The struggle for Brexit continues

BREXHAUSTED though many of us are – and happy to get the trade deal over the finish line as we might be – hear this: those of us who genuinely believe in democracy and sovereignty ...

Ewen Stewart
 A new hope for Britain, a new hope for Scotland

A new hope for Britain, a new hope for Scotland

THIS IS THE TIME to stand up and be counted. Our society and way of life is under attack like never before at so many levels and in ways that would have seemed totally improbable ...

Christine Padgham
Panicking the public? How Covid stories don't stack up

Panicking the public? How Covid stories don't stack up

ON FRIDAY Nicola Sturgeon addressed the nation yet again and openly considered the possibility of tightening current Covid restrictions further. Where is Scotland now? How did we get here? Where are we going?

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Neil Stratton
 THAT fishing deal - what really are the facts?

THAT fishing deal - what really are the facts?

SO, THE DEAL HAS BEEN DONE and the new fisheries arrangement agreed. At the outset of the negotiations the UK government declared in The Future Relationship with the EU: The UK’s Approach to Negotiations (February 2020) that, ...

Dean M Thomson
ThinkBooks: Despised: why the modern left loathes the working class

ThinkBooks: Despised: why the modern left loathes the working class

IN THE AFTERMATH of Labour’s crushing electoral defeat minds quickly turned to speculating how such a thing could have happened. Was it Brexit? Or perhaps the fatal element had been the character of the leader ...

Christine Padgham
 Covid-19 in Scotland – what does the data really tell us?

Covid-19 in Scotland – what does the data really tell us?

WITH SCOTTISH EXCESS DEATHS approaching 6,000 for 2020 it is critically important we identify the causes of excess mortality. Historically, this has been an unprecedented year. Never before has so much infrastructure (including healthcare) been ...

Jonathan Saxty
 Solidarity is why Britain works and the EU doesn’t

Solidarity is why Britain works and the EU doesn’t

THE FAILURE of the UK Government over the last four years to resolve the Brexit impasse – coupled with its incoherent response to the Covid pandemic – has clearly provided ammunition for Scottish nationalists. Every ...

Robert Tombs
If Brexit will deliver independence why does Sturgeon fight it so much?

If Brexit will deliver independence why does Sturgeon fight it so much?

VICTIMHOOD has always been the core of nationalism. We are oppressed by Them: if we were free, our problems would be solved. 

This has been the lure of nationalism, and the reason why it is ...

Dr Bruce Halliday
 The stark truth about Covid and the SNP

The stark truth about Covid and the SNP

THERE IS A PERCEPTION in Britain that Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have handled the Coronavirus pandemic well. Support for Scottish independence has, apparently, been strengthened by this belief. Nicola Sturgeon has dominated the SNP’s ...