Today’s Thinking

Tom Gallagher
 Has the hour of the SNP’s circular firing squad finally arrived?

Has the hour of the SNP’s circular firing squad finally arrived?

AS SHE FACES a showdown this week with the man whom she bizarrely turned on after he placed her on the path to political stardom, Nicola Sturgeon is fighting for survival on multiple fronts.

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Gordon Dean
 Scotland’s best growth industry under the SNP – POVERTY!

Scotland’s best growth industry under the SNP – POVERTY!

THE SNP HAS FAILED to tackle poverty in Scotland, which has become appreciably worse under the Salmond-Sturgeon administrations. While poverty rates had been steadily declining in Scotland for many years, once the SNP took over ...

Alan Sked
 The danger of delusion in political posturing: Part one – World Government

The danger of delusion in political posturing: Part one – World Government

I WAS ASKED recently by a publisher to review a manuscript on the theory of international relations. Its author used a comparison of the ideas of the two Renaissance Florentine writers and near contemporaries, Machiavelli ...

Owen Polley
 Scotland’s lucky not to be suffering like Northern Ireland – but it’s no thanks to the SNP

Scotland’s lucky not to be suffering like Northern Ireland – but it’s no thanks to the SNP

REMEMBER how the SNP asserted that Scotland should have a relationship with the EU mirroring Northern Ireland’s Brexit deal? Whatever happened to that argument? It’s gone very quiet lately. 

In the Daily Record

Tom Gallagher
 Do the demons Sturgeon wrestles with originate in a 2014 Rally?

Do the demons Sturgeon wrestles with originate in a 2014 Rally?

HISTORIANS MAY YET conclude that it all began to go wrong for the SNP when, on 22 November 2014, 12,000 people crowded into Scotland’s main events venue, the Hydro in Glasgow, to hail the newly-elected ...

Alex Story
 Trump acquitted – but the Democrats ain’t finished yet

Trump acquitted – but the Democrats ain’t finished yet

THE EMBERS of Constitutional Democracy still glow in the USA – just. A two-thirds majority of the 100 US Senators was required for an “Incitement to Insurrection” conviction. The Democrats fell short 10 votes. President ...

Liam Kerr
Only and independent inquiry on malicious prosecutions of Rangers administrators can have credibility

Only and independent inquiry on malicious prosecutions of Rangers administrators can have credibility

LAST WEEK, Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser called a debate, demanding a public inquiry into the “malicious prosecutions” of two administrators of Rangers FC.

In his opening remarks he used the word ...

Jill Stephenson
 The pension lie and other separatist myths

The pension lie and other separatist myths

WOULD YOU Adam and Eve it? The SNP’s propaganda rag, The National, has published an article called ‘Fears for pensions in an independent Scotland quelled in Yesser’s new video’. The fourteen-minute video in question is made by ...

Tom Gallagher
 Eamon de Valera and Nicola Sturgeon – a difficult comparison

Eamon de Valera and Nicola Sturgeon – a difficult comparison

EDWARD GARNIER, a former Conservative MP and now a peer, is an experienced lawyer who, at one stage was advising John Major in his bid to oppose Brexit.  In the House of Lords last month, he ...

Alan Sked
 Merkel and Sturgeon: two popular failures?

Merkel and Sturgeon: two popular failures?

IT STRIKES ME both Angela Merkel and Nicola Sturgeon are regarded in the media as long-serving leaders who are pleasant, capable and successful. I don’t know how pleasant Sturgeon is since I have never met her but she seems more ...

Tom Gallagher
 How power-hungry couples overreach – is Sturgeon approaching nemesis?

How power-hungry couples overreach – is Sturgeon approaching nemesis?

WHEN A MARRIED COUPLE effectively control politics and government, it is sufficiently unusual to evoke interest. When such a duumvirate leads to a collapse of governmental standards and impairs public morality, it breeds alarm.  This has ...

Jill Stephenson
 How authoritarian is the SNP’s rule in Scotland?

How authoritarian is the SNP’s rule in Scotland?

JUST WHAT kind of regime does Nicola Sturgeon and her SNP lead in Scotland? It is no longer what we would consider a normal parliamentary democracy to be. It is true there is still a ...