Today’s Thinking

Tom Gallagher
Labour and the SNP plot amidst Downing Street’s titanic struggle

Labour and the SNP plot amidst Downing Street’s titanic struggle

THE EASY VICTORY in the Labour leadership contest obtained by 58-year-old Keir Starmer on 4 April was only really noticed by the media classes. They are easily the noisiest and most visible branch of the clerisy, a term ...

Neil Stratton
The UK or EU - which is the model union for the Scottish fishing industry?

The UK or EU - which is the model union for the Scottish fishing industry?

THE SNP AND FELLOW TRAVELLERS would have us believe that Scotland is being held back on all fronts by being shackled to a United Kingdom dominated by England. Now, following the vote to leave the ...

ThinkScotland
The power of education: Part I – How it empowers people

The power of education: Part I – How it empowers people

MY VIEW OF EDUCATION is a very simple one. Education is empowering. Without education, or with an inadequate education, a child’s life chances are stunted. Education begins in primary school, and that is where the ...

Linda Holt
Calderwood's double standards sinks the simple message below the waterline

Calderwood's double standards sinks the simple message below the waterline

LATE ON SATURDAY night the Sun published pictures of Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood out for a walk with her family and dog on Earlsferry golf course. She was spending the night at ...

Tom Gallagher
Scandal, pandemic and minority nationalism

Scandal, pandemic and minority nationalism

A POLL released on 29 March giving the SNP 51 per cent of the vote in Scotland has been greeted with disbelief and gloom in quarters anxious to see the wings of the nationalists clipped.

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Tom Gallagher
No cure in sight for SNP’s self-inflicted ills

No cure in sight for SNP’s self-inflicted ills

WHILE THE VULNERABILITY of the world has been exposed by the coronavirus, in a tiny corner a political movement that felt it had the world in the palm of its hand, has suddenly faced its ...

Tom Gallagher
Chancellor Sunak’s Enemy is not just Covid-19

Chancellor Sunak’s Enemy is not just Covid-19

RISHI SUNAK could be trampled underfoot by the wild ferocity of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s bold measures to throw one-third of current spending behind workers and employers in order to keep ...

Jonathan Stanley
What can a new party bring to Scotland and to Britain?

What can a new party bring to Scotland and to Britain?

THERE ARE TWO natural roles of political parties in democracies. To form governments and to form oppositions. This is where the UK has a small problem. We don't have either. We have had no effective ...

Tom Gallagher
Mad, bad and dangerous to know: is the SNP scandal-proof?

Mad, bad and dangerous to know: is the SNP scandal-proof?

SCOUNDRELS, misfits, chancers and fantasists will always be drawn to politics. Some have caused havoc and destruction on a frightening scale from Savonarola in 15th century Florence to Hitler in the last century. They surge to ...

Jill Stephenson
Why appeasement and salami-slicing will not defeat the nationalists

Why appeasement and salami-slicing will not defeat the nationalists

APPEASEMENT is a word with a pejorative sense in English. It conjures up images of Neville Chamberlain, in his wing collar shirt and dark coat, returning from a meeting with Hitler in Munich in 1938 ...

Tom Gallagher
Relying on self-serving platitudes won’t strengthen the Union

Relying on self-serving platitudes won’t strengthen the Union

HELD IN NEWCASTLE, the ‘These Islands’ event was meant to highlight there is more that unites the people of the United Kingdom than divides them. Unfortunately despite the dedication shown by businessman and blogger Kevin ...

Tom Gallagher
 Serve the party and no questions shall be asked

Serve the party and no questions shall be asked

THE DUST is beginning to settle after Derek Mackay was forced to resign on 6 February, within a few hours of being due to deliver what would have been his fourth budget as Scottish Finance ...