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Eben Wilson
 The Scottish Government has no levers – just knobs

The Scottish Government has no levers – just knobs

THE ANNUAL PANTOMIME over the GERS report has produced its usual storm of conflicting statistical commentary. I won’t add to that fruitless numbers game, but right-minded folk do need to question the claims that more ...

Tom Gallagher
Nicola Sturgeon: a dud who sparkles in fraudulent times

Nicola Sturgeon: a dud who sparkles in fraudulent times

ONE OF THE CURRENT TRUISMS is that Nicola Sturgeon is supremely good at politics. The most visible figures in the political commentariat, such as Kenny Farquharson, Chris Deerin, and Alex Massie volubly assert this ...

Brian Monteith
Sturgeon’s PPBs must be called out and called off

Sturgeon’s PPBs must be called out and called off

WE ARE being taken for mugs. There can be no other description of it. There was at the start justification for having a daily public briefing. Beamed and streamed to our homes and phones from ...

David Bone
2040 – A Scottish dystopia

2040 – A Scottish dystopia

IT’S 6.00 AM, you awake from your sleeping pod, in your communal accommodation, blurry-eyed to the sounds of ‘Scots Wha Hae! playing on the alarm app on your phone. You languidly roll over to press ...

Linda Holt
Scottish Tories must emerge from life support soon to make any difference

Scottish Tories must emerge from life support soon to make any difference

RECENT MONTHS have left me more despondent about Scottish politics than ever before. No doubt the ennui and oppression of lockdown, endured in what has felt increasingly like a one-party state, has played its part.

The First Minister has climbed ever higher in the ...

Jonathan Stanley
Trigger warning: we are not an effing amusement park

Trigger warning: we are not an effing amusement park

THERE IS SOMETHING special about the British seaside, be it in Orkney or Skeggy. It's the only place you catch crabs and be thankful, because the UK has abundant fish stocks and seaside humour is ...

Jonathan Stanley
Political narcissism always eats itself - the SNP will be no different

Political narcissism always eats itself - the SNP will be no different

THREE OF THE WORST regimes of the last century were dominated by narcissist leaders who while red in tooth and claw were very astute in wrapping themselves in their respective national memories. 

Romania ...

Allan Smith
Scottish Conservatives need a leader to take the fight to Sturgeon – not make swipes at colleagues

Scottish Conservatives need a leader to take the fight to Sturgeon – not make swipes at colleagues

I TAKE NO PLEASURE whatsoever in writing this article. I have been an approved Conservative candidate since 2011 and a committed campaigner with the party for many years prior to that,

I ...

David Bone
The SNP don’t get to pick and choose the causes we believe in

The SNP don’t get to pick and choose the causes we believe in

HOW CONFIDENT would you be to go against the grain in Sturgeon’s Scotland? What if you said something mildly controversial? Or flippantly shared a meme on social media? You’d be lying if you said ...

Jonathan Stanley
Housing policy? Build them and they will come

Housing policy? Build them and they will come

A LONG TERM consequence of the Covid-19 crisis will be increasing numbers of people working from home. On wee wet and windy isles like ours, where is home? Where should it be?

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Mark Openshaw
Scottish, Trinidadian and British – not proud but grateful

Scottish, Trinidadian and British – not proud but grateful

THE TRAGIC DEATH at the hands of police of George Floyd and others in the USA and before that of Sheku Bayoh in Scotland, have understandably triggered protests and examination of race relations and attitudes ...

Jonathan Stanley
Call for essays on the Conservative Party – a response from Scottish Unionists

Call for essays on the Conservative Party – a response from Scottish Unionists

WHILE WE ARE PREPARING for the Holyrood elections in 2021 the executive of the Scottish Unionists has decided to intervene before our formal launch as a new unionist party for Scotland and the UK given ...