Salmond emerges unscathed after Leveson Inquiry ‘grilling’

And with one bound he was free. As far as Alex Salmond’s appearance at the Leveson Inquiry was concerned it was déjà vu all over...
Earth as it would appear if the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets melt. Picture: Kevin Gill

Opinion: Climate change, a convenient truth

By John Knox Next week's Earth Summit in Rio offers us another chance to repent and change. And like a medieval pilgrimage, some 50,000 politicians,...
The diamond jubilee. Picture: Aurelien Guichard

Monarchy is anachronistic, privileged and unfair – but it works

Every time I see the flag-waving crowds lining the streets, the flypasts and the curtsies, I can’t help wondering how they view our approach...
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“Yes” Scotland – but “No” clue how to organise a launch event

It has been described as the SNP’s "Neil Kinnock moment", the moment when the Nationalist movement faltered and as even as the point at...
Scottish Border. Picture: Amanda Slater

Independence campaign launch: has Salmond gone too early?

In two days' time, Alex Salmond will launch the Yes campaign for independence. This will be a game-changer as far as Scottish politics is...
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Opinion: Does anyone understand what a referendum is?

By Revd Stuart Campbell With the council elections over, the independence referendum is now the next test of Scottish public opinion at the ballot box,...
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Expert view raises more questions over Nimrod crash

By James Jones Why is Ministry of Defence so reluctant to accept that a fuel coupling was the cause of the fuel leak, similar to that...
A Trident missile

Five defence myths that must be scotched over independence

Defence is a touchstone issue for independence: it’s one of those themes that divide people the most when it comes to the shape of...
EU flags. Picture: Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier

Opinion: Scotland must secede from more than just the UK if it wants independence

By Russell Cavanagh Today's Edinburgh is a far cheerier place than that gloomy city I left in late 1997 for exile in Sheffield. Sure, the...
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Opinion: The haves and have nots are further apart than ever

By Martin Sime For the poorest people in our society the smallest change to their income or costs can play havoc with their ability to...