Today’s Thinking

Jonathan Stanley
Plaguespotting the Coronavirus outbreak shows how little we have really progressed

Plaguespotting the Coronavirus outbreak shows how little we have really progressed

ATTITUDES TO HIV have changed markedly through the decades. We can believe this is part of some greater social progress and of course this thought is comforting. We could instead believe it is not our ...

Tom Gallagher
All change in Ireland? And what will the impact be in Britain?

All change in Ireland? And what will the impact be in Britain?

LEO ERIC VARADKAR thought that bashing Britain over Brexit would be the campaign theme that would enable his Fine Gael Party to achieve a second decade in power.  But instead, at 41, he looks washed-up ...

Tom Gallagher
How Brexit exposes Sturgeon as a lame duck leader

How Brexit exposes Sturgeon as a lame duck leader

DURING THE 43 MONTHS between Britain voting to leave the EU and the deed being accomplished on 31 January 2020, Nicola Sturgeon’s performance on Brexit can be filed under the category ‘passive aggressive.’ When it ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
Ballantyne – a risk worth taking

Ballantyne – a risk worth taking

MICHELLE Ballanytne is ruffling a few feathers. Last night I met her on the campaign trail as she seeks to become the next leader of the Scottish Conservative & unionist Party, at a very well ...

Michelle Ballantyne
Professional politician? No, a leader needs a track record grounded in real life experiences

Professional politician? No, a leader needs a track record grounded in real life experiences

THIS WEEK we found out many of our police stations are falling apart, our children are leaving university with more debt than ever before and, across a wide range of wellbeing measures, Scotland is in ...

Jill Stephenson
The Flat Earth Society is alive and well in Scotland

The Flat Earth Society is alive and well in Scotland

THE SCOTLAND of my youth had much to be proud of. It had, after the Treaty of Union in 1707, spawned the Scottish Enlightenment in the eighteenth century, a flowering of intellectual and cultural endeavour ...

Andrew Coventry
Filling the vacuum increasingly left by Scotland's Conservatives

Filling the vacuum increasingly left by Scotland's Conservatives

SCOTLAND is increasingly looking like a one party state, which wouldn’t have been out of place in the 1970’s Eastern Europe.  We have an SNP which is ever more authoritarian and whose politicians believe in high ...

Linda Holt
Scottish Conservatives: a dearth of energy imagination and courage?

Scottish Conservatives: a dearth of energy imagination and courage?

NO MATTER how they spin it, the general election result for Scottish Conservatives was grim. The party lost more than half the Scottish MPs it won less than two years previously. The failure was all ...

William Ross
Stands Scotland where it did?

Stands Scotland where it did?

AFTER THE AGONY of three years, the end came with shocking swiftness. At 10.00 pm on Thursday 12 December, the BBC exit poll was read out. There would be a Conservative majority of about 80 ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
BREXIT'S ALIVE! But without the Brexit wingmen Flash Boris could not have saved the Universe

BREXIT'S ALIVE! But without the Brexit wingmen Flash Boris could not have saved the Universe

WELL, WHAT A WEEK THAT WAS!  We made it. We vanquished Corbyn the Clueless, Chairman of the Radical left, and saw a massive pro-Brexit majority returned to Westminster. The Queen's Speech, admittedly very awkwardly drafted, ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
Unionism is strong but its parties are establishment stooges – we have to do better

Unionism is strong but its parties are establishment stooges – we have to do better

THEY RANG THEIR BELLS loud all winter but Friday 13th was the conclusion of five years of noisy unionist parties not listening. Instead of a vibrant multiparty democracy we have three establishment stooges vying for ...

Jill Stephenson
Life in the SNP’s party state

Life in the SNP’s party state

BACK IN SPRING 2015, an SNP conference changed the party’s standing orders to tighten its discipline over SNP elected members with a new rule stating that ‘No member shall, within or outwith the parliament, publicly ...