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Why Boris Johnson poses as big a threat to the Union as SNP

As the circus masquerading as the Tory Leadership campaign continues to wind its way across the country, I am regularly reminded of the phrase that a week is a long time in politics, and that now every week brings yet another drama, writes Lesley Laird. Reflecting on everything that has happened since 2016, it really...
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Scotland’s planning laws are a shambles – Aberdour proves it

Planning. The clue’s in the name. It’s a word which suggests rigour, methodology, decisions based on reliable data. Or so you might think. In Scotland our planning process is descending into a shambles, and we don’t need to look far to see a prime example of why that’s the case. The recent approval of Cala...
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The Green Industrial Revolution must not pass Scotland by

Both the UK and Scottish governments have put climate change at the top of their agenda. Yet, despite the newfound enthusiasm for all things green, there is an irony in the fact that this golden opportunity to be a world leader in the market may simply pass Scotland by. BiFab, nestled on the coast of...
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Mossmorran: we need tangible action

The flames have subsided but public sentiment towards Mossmorran after its latest flaring episode has definitely not. While nearly a year had passed since the previous incident, the volume of smoke emitted for two hours on the first day and the intensity of the flaring over the week was highly unusual. It was hardly surprising,...
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Don’t be fooled by Nicola Sturgeon’s ‘climate emergency’ talk

This week’s events in the House of Commons remind us of two things: some things are more important than Brexit, and, unlike Brexit, some things we can all agree on – we are undoubtedly facing a climate emergency. Labour’s 2017 manifesto was alive to the magnitude of the challenge facing us. We committed to ensuring...
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“What’s going to happen on Brexit?”

Everywhere I go people ask me “What’s going to happen on Brexit?” Everyone has their pitch on what should happen next. Everyone is frustrated with a process dominating the news feed 24 hours a day. But the danger is everyone is also sick of it. And while the proverb of choice for some right now...
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Tories in office, but not in power

No matter where I go people have been saying to me, what is going on? Along with a few other words that aren’t suitable to print. One thing is now certain – if there was any doubt about the Tory rank incompetence, then the last two weeks have shown it in all in its full-unadulterated...
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Brexit: The deal is done. Just not one that anyone wants.

So, the deal is done. Just not one that anyone wants. After two years of wrangling that’s one thing we can all agree on. But don’t judge this book by its cover. This deal bears no resemblance to the easy promises of the Brexiteers. No resemblance to taking back control of our laws and our...
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“The art of the resignation. You’ve either got it, or you haven’t …”

The art of the resignation. You’ve either got it, or you haven’t. Whether on a point of principle, Machiavellian manoeuvring to depose a wounded leader, or even a bit of both, Tory ministers have been putting a lot of practice in these past few weeks. But for others, the real art is in the “unresignation”. And the undisputed masters...
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