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Jonathan Stanley
Conservatives must be sceptical of state solutions to post Covid-19 problems

Conservatives must be sceptical of state solutions to post Covid-19 problems

THE CHALLENGES of tackling a viral pandemic have exposed flaws in the current political system in ways not seen since perhaps the HIV epidemic at the end of the last century.

When ...

Neil Stratton
Who delivers the goods for Scotland – the UK or EU?

Who delivers the goods for Scotland – the UK or EU?

MY PREVIOUS ARTICLE in this series, The UK or EU - which is the model union for the Scottish fishing industry?, contrasted the way the European Union and the United Kingdom share out ...

Jonathan Stanley
Louisa Jordan was a fine nurse but Joseph Lister is a far better choice for our NHS Crisis centre

Louisa Jordan was a fine nurse but Joseph Lister is a far better choice for our NHS Crisis centre

IT HAS BEEN a difficult few weeks for Scotland in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Prime Minister is sick in intensive care. He cuts a powerful figure because he is also now our Prime Patient. ...

Tom Gallagher
Sturgeon’s grandstanding in the pandemic: it’s what she does

Sturgeon’s grandstanding in the pandemic: it’s what she does

SCOTLAND’S FIRST MINISTER is a boundless talker.  Unfortunately for her there is only one inflection – boundless self-assertion. For five years she has used bluster and invective as the facts about how appallingly her administration performs ...

Jonathan Stanley
Indesit Proposal: we need to plan now for prolonged shutdowns

Indesit Proposal: we need to plan now for prolonged shutdowns

I HAVE BECOME the latest victim of the Coronavirus. I'm perfectly well though, not remotely infected, but my ancient Indesit washing machine has decided just now to silently leave this world, like tears in rain, ...

Jonathan Stanley
Dangerous decision by Sturgeon needs to be challenged

Dangerous decision by Sturgeon needs to be challenged

THE ESTABLISHMENT by Nicola Sturgeon of a separate Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) from that of the Prime Minister is a desperately worrying decision. The obvious thing to say first is that Dr Catherine ...

Jonathan Stanley
To protect our medics and nurses they need prophylaxis

To protect our medics and nurses they need prophylaxis

WE ARE TWO MONTHS into the world's most significant pandemic in decades. In terms of public concern only HIV struck as deep to the heart of the British people in this way. COVID19 is huge ...

Jonathan Stanley
2020 vision has blindsided Unionists - Indy crowd silence is not peace and will not last

2020 vision has blindsided Unionists - Indy crowd silence is not peace and will not last

HOPE SPRINGS eternal and the gushing of praise laid at the feet of Evita Sturgeon by unionist parties is irritating to many who realise the fight against an idea immune to logic has no rest, ...

Tom Gallagher
Undogmatic about America: How to write about the place without arrogance or cliches

Undogmatic about America: How to write about the place without arrogance or cliches

A review of: Bruno Maçães, History has Begun, London: Hurst & Co, 2020

BOOKS FROM European authors which seek to lecture, condemn or ridicule America are legion. In the epoch of Donald Trump ...

Alan Grant
Please don’t screw-up Edinburgh’s film future, support the Filmhouse plans

Please don’t screw-up Edinburgh’s film future, support the Filmhouse plans

AS MUCH AS it may upset regular readers to hear, Think Scotland is not the only place that you can find my semi-regular cinematic musings. Occasionally, when I’m quick enough off the mark to bagsy ...

Jonathan Stanley
Fear and loathing in Lesmahagow: nationalists are on an ether binge

Fear and loathing in Lesmahagow: nationalists are on an ether binge

SOMETIMES we can only know in hindsight how significant events have been. Not just events but eras too. Crescendos of logos, ethos and pathos that follow one another. That there is something inherently wrong, that ...

Tom Gallagher
England deserves better from Scotland

England deserves better from Scotland

ONE OF THE MOST PERPLEXING outcomes of the ‘These Islands’ conference (first discussed here on 24 February) was the condescension or impatience displayed towards England.  England’s poorer regions have made no objections to large ...