Euan McColm

Euan McColm: Real reasons we failed to reform drugs policy

The constitution may have been an obstacle to reform, but it could also lead us to an enlightened approach that saves lives, writes Euan McColm

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John Swinney with pupils from Bannerman High School, Baillieston, as they received their exam results last Tuesday. Picture: John Devlin

Euan McColm: Can fast-track teachers raise standards?

ALLOWING top graduates to bypass teacher training smacks of desperation rather than a concerted effort to improve on our shameful standards, writes Euan McColm

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After the disappointment of Junes general election, the Scottish National Party need their fellow travellers to show some solidarity. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Euan McColm: Yes army’s naysayers better step into line

Scottish independence supporters who attack the SNP’s strategy might reflect on where they would be now without the party, writes Euan McColm.

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Blackford speaks during 
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Euan McColm: Above board and below the moral high ground

A promotion for the stepson of the SNP’s leader in Westminster is symptomatic of why the party has lost its mojo, writes Euan McColm

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Queen Street Gardens. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

Euan McColm: open Edinburgh’s private gardens to the public

Capital has plenty of open space in the city centre, but all too often it’s only for those who can afford it, writes Euan McColm.

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Nicola Sturgeon celebrates her 2015 landslide with SNP MPs at South Queensferry in front of the Forth Bridge. Picture: Jane Barlow

Euan McColm: 59 ‘by-elections’ to dictate Britain’s future

THE fortunes of the nationalist candidates on 8 June may prove more significant than who occupies 10 Downing St, writes Euan McColm

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Salmond unveils a painting of himself by Gerard Burns at The National Gallery of Scotland. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Euan McColm: Election turns Sturgeon into image of Salmond

The First Minister will become as divisive a politician as her predecessor in the battle to hold on to her party’s seats in Westminster, writes Euan McColm

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Yes supporters appear to enjoy referendums more than their opponents. Picture: Andy Buchanan/Getty

Euan McColm: Mind your language should be indyref2 watchword

UNLESS both sides of the constitutional debate exercise self-restraint the next vote risks becoming more divisive than the last, writes Euan McColm

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his deputy, Tom Watson, who has accused supporters of the leader of plotting a left-wing coup. Picture: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

Euan McColm: Labour fails to grasp the wonder of Woolies

It was always there, meeting my ever-changing demands. It satisfied my cravings for sugar and 7” singles, it supplied a cutlery “tree” for my first flat, and it was the source of last-minute presents for elderly relatives.

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Euan McColm: May should give voters their say with early election

IN pressing on with Brexit despite having no personal mandate to do so, the Prime Minister is wrong both in principle and in political terms, writes Euan McColm

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Tony Blair may be reviled by many former supporters, but so is the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn. Picture: Carl Court/Getty Images

Euan McColm: Why Blair speech heralds birth of a new party

Tony Blair had barely finished his speech when Labour “sources” stepped out of the shadows to underline its irrelevance. The reaction to the former prime minister’s intervention in the Brexit debate was, according to one member of Jeremy Corbyn’s team, “a collective shrug”.

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Jeremy Corbyn was asked to comment on speculation that he planned to step down as leader. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

Euan McColm: Jeremy Corbyn’s fake news ruse is straight out of the White House

The Labour leader’s bid to discredit journalists is the hallmark of politicians uncomfortable with the truth, writes Euan McColm

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Trawler men unload their catch at Peterhead fish market.. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scottish fishermen fear Brexit bonanza will slip through the net

It’s been like a noose tightening around our necks for years,” says John Buchan, “and now we’re going to be free of it.”

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Trump delivers his provocative inaugural address at the Capitol in Washingon DC. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/Getty

Euan McColm: ‘America first’ is a dumb example to follow

It was grimly compelling, wasn’t it? Donald Trump’s speech after being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States was so ostentatiously awful, so devoid of class or statesmanship that one could only despair that this punk, this lousy huckster duped so many Americans.

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Sturgeon still appears to put a second referendum at the top of her agenda. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Euan McColm: SNP needs a long, hard look in the mirror

Its success at stifling dissent within its ranks has left the party clinging to policies that make no sense, writes Euan McColm

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Murray raises the ATP World Tour Trophy after winning the mens singles final against Novak Djokovic in November to confirm his status a World number one. Picture: 
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Euan McColm: Now it’s our turn to shed a tear for Sir Andy

It doesn’t take much to squeeze sentimental tears from the eyes of reticent Scots as each year draws to its conclusion.

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Transport Minister Humza Yousaf. Photograph: John Devlin

Euan McColm: SNP’s rising star Humza Yousaf watches his career go off the rails

When transport minister Humza Yousaf told a Holyrood committee last month that he wasn’t a “transport expert”, the Conservative Party rather unfairly used his words to beat him.

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Trumps undeniable appeal to so many voters presents a daunting challenge to liberal pragmatists. Picture: 
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Euan McColm: Trump offers no hope to demagogues of the left

Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election is good news for whatever you believe in. Whether you’re on the right or the left, the elevation of this screeching hate clown to the most powerful office in the western world shows that your dreams are about to come true.

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Harris Ghazi waves to his uncle as he leaves a visa office in East Croydon. Harris is one of the refugee children who arrived in Britain from the Jungle. Picture: SWNS

Euan McColm: Racism bares its teeth at the sight of refugees

How old does a child have to be before we cease to care whether he or she lives or dies? What’s the cut-off point for our compassion? Let’s apply this question to kids fleeing civil war in Syria: who are the ones we feel comfortable helping and who are the ones we’re happy to leave to perish?

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Jackie Walker had been suspended from the Labour Party once before over anti-Semitism. Picture: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

Euan McColm: Corbyn’s words ring hollow on anti-Semitism

An especially tricky thing about bad guys is that they don’t ever admit their flaws. A rotter will never tell you “I’m a wrong ’un, by the way”. In fact, he’s more likely to say precisely the opposite. The claims of those who don’t wear their virtue lightly are to be treated with a healthy degree of scepticism. Take men who make a point of saying “I love women,” for example. You will have met such a fellow, I’m sure. And you’ll know that he doesn’t “love” women.

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