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Jill Stephenson
Breaking up is NOT hard to do

Breaking up is NOT hard to do

AFTER THE EU REFERENDUM, Nicola Sturgeon demanded that Scotland be allowed to remain in the EU because the vote in Scotland in favour of doing so was 62:38 – although it was a UK-wide referendum. ...

Effie Deans
Stopping the SNP: How to use STV in the local elections

Stopping the SNP: How to use STV in the local elections

OVER THE YEARS I have had minimal interest in council elections. I simply want whoever runs the council to do their job as cheaply and efficiently as possible. Ideally I would like as little party ...

Roger White
 Just what is an

Just what is an "Ultra Unionist" Mr. Salmond?

A WHILE AGO I was called an ‘ultra Britnat fanatic’ on Twitter. I forget who said it but it was one of the tribe of fruitloops who hover around the fringes of political debate. The ...

Ian Duncan MEP
Go fishing for contradictions – and you will catch the SNP

Go fishing for contradictions – and you will catch the SNP

THE UK FISHING INDUSTRY is challenging candidates in the General Election to pledge their support for the restoration of UK control of UK waters. At the launch of the campaign in the House of Commons, ...

Jonathan Stanley
Why we should sock it to our Scottish sock puppets

Why we should sock it to our Scottish sock puppets

IN SCOTLAND and in France in the 17th Century, government was in the hands of both a monarch and the estates of the realm. The first, second and third estates together ruled the kingdom. The ...

Liam Kerr
To encourage cycling let the train take the strain

To encourage cycling let the train take the strain

IT IS A GREAT PLEASURE to live in the North East. A particular delight is to take my bike on the train to Montrose then cycle back over Cairn o’ Mount, stopping for sustenance first ...

William Ross
'Europe's last chance' – and why we chose wisely

'Europe's last chance' – and why we chose wisely

IF YOU FORGIVE the absolutely appalling pun, Guy Verhofstadt, (pictured) former PM of Belgium, head of the Europe-wide Liberal Party (acronym ALDI) and chief Brexit negotiator for the EU Parliament, is quite a guy. Amid the ...

Murdo Fraser
The Sturgeon slowdown could be turning into the Sturgeon slump

The Sturgeon slowdown could be turning into the Sturgeon slump

ALL THE EXCITEMENT this week surrounding the announcement of a General Election rather overshadowed proceedings at Holyrood. Nevertheless, the Scottish Conservatives used our debating time to highlight our concerns about the Scottish economy, and in particular ...

Jonathan Stanley
A snap election? Triangulation will save Brexit and strengthen the union

A snap election? Triangulation will save Brexit and strengthen the union

WELL I WASN'T EXPECTING THAT. Which is odd because every ingredient is there but I took the PM at her word that, "now is not the time." Ah well, maybe I'm confusing that with her shutting ...

Jonathan Stanley
A new rail line to England borders on the absurd

A new rail line to England borders on the absurd

I REMEMBER my first model airplane and also my last. It was the same one. The Boeing 747 didn't turn out so well, even with dad's help. It was just not in our blood to ...

Effie Deans
While Indyref2 is in the long grass we should continue pushing the positive case for the Union

While Indyref2 is in the long grass we should continue pushing the positive case for the Union

A SHORT TIME AGO it looked as if there would be an indyref2 within a year or so. I could feel the tension building within myself; I could sense it coming from others. If there ...

Liam Kerr
Without competition our ferry services will be sunk

Without competition our ferry services will be sunk

THE SNP GOVERNMENT wants to nationalise Scotland’s ferry routes. Advice received from the European Commission stated that, in certain circumstances, public ferry services, will not have to be put out to competitive tender and could automatically ...