Today’s Thinking

Dr Bruce Halliday
 Scotland’s drug death shame is due to Nicola Sturgeon’s wrong priorities

Scotland’s drug death shame is due to Nicola Sturgeon’s wrong priorities

THE GRAPH BELOW of drug deaths in Scotland is so bad it looks like fake news.

But this is real.  

As a GP I have had patients come ...

Alan Sked
 The Nazis and Scotland – little evidence that divide and conquer could undermine Britain

The Nazis and Scotland – little evidence that divide and conquer could undermine Britain

IN THE COURSE of revising the history of Scotland in my recent series of articles (full list of fourteen chapters at foot here), I noted how several leading Scottish Nationalists during the Second ...

Tom Gallagher
Scottish nationalism and German nationalism – are they more alike than we are ready to accept?

Scottish nationalism and German nationalism – are they more alike than we are ready to accept?

EVEN IN THIS AGE of unpredictable politics, when Boris Johnson embraces Green causes with a fervour perhaps not seen anywhere in Europe since Germany under Hitler, offering comparisons between contemporary politics and the era ...

Alan Sked
 Brexit and the drive for a second independence referendum

Brexit and the drive for a second independence referendum

GLOBAL HISTORIANS ARE very interested in what they call ‘The European Miracle’, the title of a famous book, which has gone through several editions, by Professor E.L. Jones. The miracle referred to is not the ...

Jonathan Saxty
 Now is the time to strengthen our British solidarity – not abandon it

Now is the time to strengthen our British solidarity – not abandon it

THERE COULD NOT be a worse time to break up Britain, yet listening to Nicola Sturgeon you would think it was the great panacea for Scotland. Britain will be paying for Coronavirus for a long ...

Christine Padgham
What’s the real story of Covid-19 in Scotland?

What’s the real story of Covid-19 in Scotland?

WE ARE LIVING in extraordinary times. Whatever your view of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting mitigation strategies undertaken by governments worldwide, there has never been a time when governments had such wide-ranging control over ...

Jill Stephenson
 What a difference a decade makes thanks to the separatists

What a difference a decade makes thanks to the separatists

IT IS DIFFICULT NOW to remember what life in Scotland was like a decade or so ago. Part of this is because of the Coronavirus, but, even before it struck us this year, there were ...

Alan Sked
Alex Salmond's imperious reign leaves independence denied

Alex Salmond's imperious reign leaves independence denied

THOMAS JEFFERSON’S Declaration of Independence ran to 1,320 words. Alex Salmond’s equivalent, his 26 November 2013 white paper, entitled ‘A Better Future’, which outlined his vision of Scottish independence, ran to 670 ...

Tom Gallagher
 A rogue media is driving Britain towards territorial strife

A rogue media is driving Britain towards territorial strife

THE COLUMNIST at Unherd Ari Roussinos made a startling prediction recently. It concerned the not unlikely possibility of Scottish nationalists seeking a confrontation with the London government in order to try and end “Westminster rule” in Scotland. 

Linda Holt
 Scotland’s Covid restrictions – where are the Holyrood rebels?

Scotland’s Covid restrictions – where are the Holyrood rebels?

LAST WEEK I wrote a piece decrying the lack of any contrary voices in Scotland regarding Nicola Sturgeon’s Covid strategy, including her love of lockdown restrictions and her dodgy use of data. For particular disappointment, ...

Jonathan Stanley
 How do we solve the threat to devolution?

How do we solve the threat to devolution?

I BELIEVE a simple one paragraph Act of Parliament to tidy up the Scotland Act would ensure the devolution we voted twenty-three years ago is delivered. Having seen all the twists and turns of Brexit ...

Alan Sked
 Labour’s road to perdition – Devolution for Scotland

Labour’s road to perdition – Devolution for Scotland

THE DISTINGUISHED American historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. once wrote a fascinating book entitled ‘Cycles in American History’, which analysed how America went through periods of reform followed by periods of reaction. He would have done ...