Today’s Thinking

Liam Kerr
 What, if anything, should be done about prostitution?

What, if anything, should be done about prostitution?

THE ISSUE OF PROSTITUTION, and what to do about it was debated in Holyrood in December. I grew up in Leith in the 80’s and 90’s, which brought home the effects of prostitution, on both individuals ...

Paul Spare
Without coal how do we keep the lights on?

Without coal how do we keep the lights on?

THERE HAVE BEEN several announcements in the last two years on the BBC and in press releases by Renewables UK noting that the proportion of electricity generated by renewables has reached record levels.  They deduce ...

Jonathan Stanley
Scotland's place in Europe - so long as it has no place in the UK

Scotland's place in Europe - so long as it has no place in the UK

I'VE READ THROUGH the Scottish Government report on Brexit. The latest one that is, imaginatively titled Scotland’s Place in Europe: People, jobs and investment.

The first thing that jumps out is how ...

Stuart Crawford
The time is overdue for cyclists to face their responsibilities

The time is overdue for cyclists to face their responsibilities

I HAVE TO BE totally honest from the very start; I’m not a great fan of cyclists. Not that I haven’t cycled myself in the past, mind, but I found it much easier to give ...

Murdo Fraser
Another blow for Sturgeon as Scots reject SNP Brexit stance

Another blow for Sturgeon as Scots reject SNP Brexit stance

PROFESSOR JOHN CURTICE must be the closest thing that Scotland has to a national treasure. The recent rash of elections and referendums has made him a fixture on our television screens, presenting polling research and ...

Jill Stephenson
Referenda: Democracy in action or dictator’s device?

Referenda: Democracy in action or dictator’s device?

GIVING EVERYONE a say in policy matters through the medium of a referendum is the ultimate in democracy, isn’t it? Well, no, it isn’t. The referendum appears to be thoroughly democratic because everyone’s voice counts ...

Liam Kerr
It's time for police governance to be revisited

It's time for police governance to be revisited

THE POLICE and Fire Reform Act 2012 that created Police Scotland built a structure involving a single Police Force, overseen by the Scottish Police Authority (“SPA”), which would link the police to Government.

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Jonathan Stanley
How we are being betrayed

How we are being betrayed

To move the following Clause—

“Parliamentary approval for the outcome of negotiations with the European Union No exit day may be appointed under this Act until the terms of the United Kingdom’s ...

Eben Wilson
It's time to back off and demand free trade

It's time to back off and demand free trade

MRS MAY’S last minute efforts to get away from the EU imposed deadline on Stage One negotiations for Brexit may have been clever politics, but it was also unprincipled political expediency.  Everyone can see that ...

Jonathan Stanley
May’s Dien Bien EU saw her fly in, shot down and bombed out

May’s Dien Bien EU saw her fly in, shot down and bombed out

THERE ARE EVENTS that are pivotal in a nation’s history. They define us for better or worse. The Suez crisis saw the end of the Empire. Yorktown saw the establishment of the United States. The ...

Murdo Fraser
Queensferry Crossing is a bridge too far for the SNP spin machine

Queensferry Crossing is a bridge too far for the SNP spin machine

IT WAS all so different back at the beginning of September. On the day of the opening of the new Queensferry Crossing, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: The Queensferry Crossing is a symbol of a ...

Jonathan Stanley
The carnage is our culture, let the vultures devour the carcass

The carnage is our culture, let the vultures devour the carcass

WHEN MICHAEL GOVE was Education Secretary he found he had to take on the "Blob" of the establishment. The very educated establishment it appeared. So too conservatives have had to bite hard against established privilege in ...