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Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson: SNP’s stance on Brexit lacks political imagination

The Scottish view of the European Union is more nuanced than some in the SNP realise, writes Brian Wilson.

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Spluttering Theresa May gained some sympathy after her conference speech disaster. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Brian Wilson: Why Theresa May will cling on for a while yet

There’s a current piece of West End farce called The Play That Goes Wrong, in which the brilliantly ­choreographed stream of disasters is guaranteed to draw uproarious laughter. After this week’s events, I guess the temptation to follow up with The Speech That Goes Wrong will be irresistible.

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Referendum in Catalonia is illegal and should be treated as such by Nicola Sturgeon, says Brian Wilson  Photo: Getty

Brian Wilson: Nicola Sturgeon should keep her nose out of Catalonia

Nicola Sturgeon’s intervention in Catalonia’s affairs is surprising since it kicks away any chance of Spain, in future, accepting separate Scottish entry into the EU, writes Brian Wilson.

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Demonstrators in South Africa shout slogans during a protest calling for the removal of President Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP/Getty

Brian Wilson: Ask Mr Bell and Mr Pottinger their views on corporate rottenness

Lightning strikes in unexpected places. We hear a lot about what has gone wrong in South Africa and less about the resilience of its relatively new institutions. Perhaps the great corporations which are finding out the hard way should have done a little more research.

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Tony Blair in Parliament Square, Edinburgh, the morning after the devolution referendum delivered a decisive Yes Yes vote. Picture: Alan Milligan

Brian Wilson: Holyrood will get more powers, but how will they be used?

There always has to be a grievance and someone always has to be doing us down. Twenty years ago this week, Alex Salmond was desperately insisting that Tony Blair could not be trusted to deliver a referendum on creating a Scottish Parliament.

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Nicola Sturgeon at Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Ltd

Brian Wilson: Whatever happened to last year’s SNP policies?

There’s been a lot of 1997 nostalgia around this week and I felt my own little fit coming on when I noticed the venue for Nicola Sturgeon’s latest exhortations on the Scottish economy – Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) at Prestwick.

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Jeremy Corbyn with the bust of John Smith at Glasgow University Union

Brian Wilson: What qualities does Scottish Labour’s next leader need?

The next Scottish Labour leader should not be suck the party into Holyrood centralism, writes Brian Wilson

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Nicola Sturgeon discussed her issues with the word nationalist at the Edinburgh Book Festival. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA

Brian Wilson: Scottish voters are ready to move on from nationalism

Scottish voters are ready to move on from the distorting prism of nationalism, writes Brian Wilson.

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Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman speaks to service users. Picture: John Devlin

Brian Wilson: SNP must use power to aid women hit by pension changes

The late Donald Dewar, on being described as “the midwife of devolution,” replied that devolution’s only midwife was Margaret Thatcher. It was she who persuaded enough Scottish voters to put up a defence against “the same thing happening again”.

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Anti-government activists build a barricade in Venezuela's third city, Valencia. Picture: AFP

Brian Wilson: Venezuela is a tragedy, not an opportunity to score domestic political points

Unlike most who have developed a recent self-certainty about Venezuela, I can find it on the map and share in the clichés of neither right nor left about the origins of its present plight.

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In 1916, the House of Lords heard that sons and daughters of Lewis crofters get a secondary education at the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway and go out into the world to become teachers, doctors, lawyers and ministers

Brian Wilson: Did Scotland’s golden age of education exist?

Lewis was seen as a metaphor for Scotland’s ‘best education system in the world’ as the island produced exceptional results. But did such a golden age ever really exist, asks Brian Wilson

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Centricas chief executive Iain Conn inadvertantly walked into a media minefield when he gave a briefing. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Brian Wilson: The unvarnished truth is more revealing than PR

I spoke to a roomful of media students recently and asked them what they wanted to do after graduating. For a true believer in the importance of the printed word, the response was not encouraging.

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Lord McCluskey prevented Holyrood getting the power to sack judges

Brian Wilson: A salute to Lord McCluskey

I first met John McCluskey 40-odd years ago when he represented local objectors at the Drumbuie public inquiry – an epic exercise in determining whether a crofting village should be wiped out in the short-term interests of building concrete oil platforms.

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David Davis is embroiled in Brexit talks. Picture; Getty

Brian Wilson: The challenge is not to stop Brexit but to shape it

There is something touchingly olde-worlde about 60 members of Scotland’s illuminati solemnly signing a letter which demands that “the Brexit process must stop now”! One can only imagine how many phone calls, e-mails and refinements of text were required to achieve the finished work.

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ScottishPower chairman Ignacio Galan greets Nicola Sturgeon at the official opening of the firms new Glasgow HQ. Picture: PA

Brian Wilson: Are our electricity suppliers acting in Scotland’s interests?

I acted with uncharacteristic decisiveness this week. After ten years of reflection, I embarked on switching electricity suppliers, in common with more than 400,000 other people this month.

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Even if the North Sea goose no longer lays golden eggs, it still sustains jobs, says Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson: We dodged a North Sea bullet with No vote

It is impossible to avoid the conclusion that Scotland avoided a devastating financial bullet after the Scottish Government’s 2013 oil revenue projections, argues Brian Wilson.

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DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson and Tory Chief Whip Gavin Williamson sign the deal in Downing Street watched by Arlene Foster, her deputy Nigel Dodds, Theresa May and First Secretary of State Damian Green. Picture: Getty

Brian Wilson: Nothing dodgy about the DUP deal

It is tempting to think that, on the way out the door, Theresa May’s purged ­advisers took revenge by implanting one final bad idea: “Prime Minister, you absolutely have to do that deal with the DUP.”

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John Swinney prefers  to focus on 'governance' rather than 'budget cuts and staffing issues'. Picture: PA

Brian Wilson: The SNP are great at asking for your views – but nobody’s listening

The Scottish ­Government are big on consultations. You name it, they’ll ­consult on it. At present, you can have your say on anything from ­cremation costs to Improved ­Parking in Scotland.

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Scottish National Party Leader Nicola Sturgeon poses in front of SNP MPs elected in the general election Picture:Taylor/Getty Images

Brian Wilson: Liberation day for Scots fed up of indyref2

Last Thursday’s general election confirmed the political mortality of the SNP and a shift in Scottish politics, writes Brian Wilson.

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Jeremy Corbyn waves as he leaves the Labour party headquarters in London. Picture: SWNS

Brian Wilson: Don’t mistake honourable defeat for electability

Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon have the same bitter lesson to digest – do not take the voters for granted. By assuming their own invincibility, both have incurred calamitous outcomes which raise questions about their own futures.

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