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Christopher Anderson
One Blair was more than enough!

One Blair was more than enough!

Theresa May is under pressure from her own party - but was it not ever thus for Thatcher, Major, Blair, Brown and Cameron, et al? This blast from the recent past of February 2013 is worth reading in the light of what we know now – and how subsequent events turned out...

Eben Wilson
The right cats to catch the right mice

The right cats to catch the right mice

JIM SILLARS puts forward socialist notions with eloquent objectivity.  What a change from slogans and vituperation about “Tories” conspiring to dreadfulness.  His thoughts deserve a similarly ameliorative response – if not full agreement – in ...

Elizabeth Smith
Is a smacking ban practical or reasonable interference?

Is a smacking ban practical or reasonable interference?

THROUGHOUT MY TIME in Holyrood I don’t think any constituent has ever approached me about the issue of smacking children. I suspect most of my colleagues across the political divide will be in the same ...

Jonathan Stanley
Phil Hammond may not back Brexit, but he's backing global Britain

Phil Hammond may not back Brexit, but he's backing global Britain

A DEAL, a deal, my kingdom for a deal....said no Tory ever.  As vital as Brexit is, the long term consequences are even more so.

The Tories are working out fast that ...

Eben Wilson
Aspiring to prejudice – against Scottish commerce

Aspiring to prejudice – against Scottish commerce

FOR SOME YEARS now we have come to recognise that the SNP prefers to announce aspirations rather than engage in practical policy measures. In recent weeks, however, we have at last seen some policy decisions ...

Jonathan Stanley
It's conference season and the big question is

It's conference season and the big question is "Deal or No Deal?"

IT'S THE MOST wonderful time of the political calendar. Party conferences are but once a year. Where politicians air their dirty laundry, where budget plans are washed up, where the under-21s make a discernible case for ...

Jamie Greene
The GP crisis in Scotland - and the Minister that won't show face

The GP crisis in Scotland - and the Minister that won't show face

BACK IN 2016 the British Medical Association called for urgent action to tackle a number of problems in Scotland’s NHS. Instead, investment in GP services has fallen from 9.8  per cent of NHS Scotland’s spending ...

Jonathan Stanley
 Drunk on self-importance, the EU is falling apart

Drunk on self-importance, the EU is falling apart

WELL, WHAT A WEEK that was. Catalonia has brought to a head a fundamental question. When a nation is not sovereign, what right does it have to become so?

Is ...

Jonathan Stanley
Yes, Germany can be proud of its soldiers too

Yes, Germany can be proud of its soldiers too

I WAS DELIGHTED to see Alternativ fuer Deutschland do so well. Over the moon in fact. It brought out three issues about Germany we all love to not discuss.

The ...

Jamie Greene
Scotland's transport Minister on a road to nowhere

Scotland's transport Minister on a road to nowhere

TRANSPORT is one of those quiet but emotive subjects in politics. Nothing much is said when it runs smoothly but all hell breaks loose when it doesn’t.

The opening of the impressive Queensferry ...

Liam Kerr
Crime and punishment? The SNP is the real offender

Crime and punishment? The SNP is the real offender

THERE HAS BEEN a great deal of negative focus recently on the effectiveness of shorter prison sentences – but what if that criticism is misdirected against a failure of prison itself, and instead should be ...

Jonathan Stanley
Porridge to Catalonia! SNP position mirrors Madrid not Barcelona

Porridge to Catalonia! SNP position mirrors Madrid not Barcelona

EFFIE DEANS makes some brilliant contributions to ThinkScotland. She dissects nationalism into those based on people and territory, and those that look outward and inwards.

The UK, France and USA are ...