Political Analysis

Political Analysis

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...

Study of Scots police files reveals 77 unsolved murders

By Allan Laing A total of 77 murder cases remain unsolved by police in Scotland, ranging from the three female victims of the serial killer...
Free Syrian Army tank

Let’s move the Bahrain Grand Prix to Syria

In the interest of human rights, we should all encourage the Bahrain Grand Prix to go ahead. Not only that but we should extend...
Vicky Pollard from 'Little Britain'

‘No’ – the campaign that dare not speak its name

Alistair Darling would be loath to admit it, but there is something of Little Britain’s Vicky Pollard in his pro-Union campaign which launched this...

Scottish independence: the referendum explained

By Murray Pittock, Glasgow University Scotland has always been a distinct nation but since the Act of Union in 1707, it has been a nation...

Grim statistics as British military deaths in Afghanistan exceed 350

By Stuart Crawford It sometimes seems that hardly a day goes past without news of another military death in Afghanistan. So much so that we...

5½ other dictators that Alex Salmond is like

It's the craze that's sweeping the nation, the popular parlour game all the family can play: comparing Scotland's First Minister to a blood-soaked, murderous,...
A NImrod in flight. Picture: Jerry Gunner

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...

Why would anyone want to stop the Edinburgh trams project now?

By John Knox Is there anyone in Edinburgh – or anyone in Scotland – who seriously believes we should stop building the trams, after spending...

Was Burns a Socialist, Whig, Nationalist, Tory – or floating voter?

By John Knox One of the delights of the Burns Supper season is watching every political party claiming to be his true inheritors. Each can...