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John V Lloyd: Tony Hall’s smoke and mirrors for BBC Scotland

Tony Hall, BBC Director General, must be a very smug man just now. He has quelled rebellion in the North with a smoke and mirrors performance reminiscent of Paul Daniels.

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For Celtic and Scotland, Billy McNeill was a defensive rock and an attacking threat with his head. He now suffers from dementia. Picture: SNS

Aidan Smith: Billy McNeill - a legend who fills all our memories

Dementia has cruelly hit the former Celtic and Scotland captain before the 50th anniversary of his greatest triumph, writes Aidan Smith

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Still Game has been one of Scottish television's great successes of recent years. Picture: PA

Brian Ferguson: BBC investment spells exciting times for arts

This time last week the hatchets were well and truly being sharpened in Scotland for the director-general of the BBC. SNP politicians and the National Union of Journalists were delivering a scathing verdict on Lord Hall’s proposals for the BBC north of the border.

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In Scotland, maintenance is usually paid for three years after divorce, not for life. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Jennifer Wilkie: English courts have different approach to ongoing maintenance

The recent English divorce case of Mills v Mills clearly highlights the difference between the English and Scottish approach to maintenance after divorce.

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Increasingly people are working in flexible locations such as coffee shops. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Malcolm Mackay: employment law likely to see sweeping changes

Do you remember when the lucky individual in charge of hiring and firing was called the personnel officer? There can be few places where this title is still in use as the whole sphere of human resources has developed.

So, what if the term ‘employment law’ was consigned to the dustbin of history too?

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US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May hold hands for comfort in an increasingly uncertain world. Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

John Sturrock: working together achieves better results

Doubt is not an pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one.” These words of Voltaire are as apt today as they were when he wrote them in the 18th century. I don’t know about you, but this year seems to be a curious mixture where some people purport to deal in apparent certainties, which often seem to an outsider to be rather absurd, while others are almost overwhelmed by the seemingly unpleasant uncertainties not just about the future but as regards the present. And of course, with automation, uncertainty about the future is something facing the legal profession more than many others.

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Roddy Gow, Chairman and founder, Asia Scotland Institute

Roddy Gow: The power of new technology new poses challenges

For centuries, Scotland has been seen as a leader in imparting knowledge through learning.

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Scotrail trains arrive and depart  from Waverley Station, Edinburgh

Brian Monteith: Nationalising British Rail is the route back to bad times

If the Labour Party in Scotland wishes to find a way back from its political torpor that has been borne out of repeated humiliation at the polls, then it is going about it the wrong way.

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The BBC Scotland HQ at Pacific Quay. Picture: John Devlin

Kirsty Gunn: Screen-based activity is not the only cultural expression that matters

I don’t watch a lot of television. I haven’t for a long time. We keep getting sent TV licence bills up in Sutherland with dreadful threats attached for non-payment and every time I get on the phone to tell them why they should stop, an incredulous voice on the end of the line goes: What? Really? You mean you don’t have a television…at all?

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Well-known faces like Sally Magnusson are likely targets for the new BBC Scottish channel

Lesley Riddoch: is new Scottish BBC channel destined to fail?

Can the arrival of 
£31 million and 80 new journalist jobs for a new, dedicated Scottish BBC TV 
channel be anything other than very good news? Yes, it can, if the flagship news programme is already destined to fail.

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Edinburgh Castle is facing a dramatic rise in business rates, says Iain McGhee of Knight Frank. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Iain McGhee: Business rate debate continues to rage

Business rates have rarely, if ever, received so much attention across mainstream media as in recent weeks.

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Bill Jamieson ponders the likelihood of a sharp stock market correction. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Bill Jamieson: Fortunes won and lost in long-run game

Might we be approaching a tipping point – and potentially a Minsky Moment – with a sharp collapse in values in the US and UK stock markets?

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Nick Freer says Scotland boasts some promising fintech ventures but 'we lack critical mass'. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Nick Freer: Scotland can be a front runner in fintech

Former US Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker addressed an international banking conference in the wake of the global financial crisis telling the audience that “the most important financial innovation that I have seen the past 20 years is the automatic teller machine, that really helps people and prevents visits to the bank and it is a real convenience”.

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Jeremy Corbyn was in Scotland to address the Labour conferenc in Perth

Leader comment: Swimming star has earned great respect

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came to speak in Scotland yesterday and to rally his party. But is anyone listening?

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Swimming star Michael Jamieson has been talking about his depression

Leader comment: Swimmer Michael Jamieson has earned great respect

Anyone who has experienced depression or lived with someone suffering a depressive condition will recognise the anguish suffered by Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson.

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Labour candidate Gillian Troughton, right, looks on as the Conservatives Trudy Harrison speaks after winning the Copeland by-election. Picture: Leon Neal/Getty

Euan McColm: Labour oblivious to ballot box oblivion

I listened to shadow chancellor John McDonnell with a mixture of astonishment and contempt after Labour’s defeat in the Copeland by-election on Thursday. He maintained a straight face while blaming the result on interventions by former prime minister Tony Blair and his fellow architect of New Labour, Peter Mandelson.

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Philip Davies tries to talk out the bill to ratify the Istanbul Convention on sexual and domestic violence against women. Picture: PA

Dani Garavelli: Lone howl of masculinity doesn’t help men

It takes some contempt for democracy to try to filibuster a bill you already know to be supported by the overwhelming majority of your fellow parliamentarians. But then Philip Davies’ sole purpose in life seems to be to stand in the way of what other people believe in, particularly if what they believe in is the protection of the vulnerable.

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02/02/17 .  GLASGOW. Stock shot of Govan Job Centre Plus office. The Scottish government has said it was "completely unacceptable" that it was not consulted on plans to close half of Glasgow's job centres.
On Wednesday, the Department of Work and Pensions announced the closures as part of a review of its estate.
Scottish government Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn has written to the department to ask for clarity.
The DWP said there would be public consultation on closures resulting in travel of more than three miles.
Denise Horsfall, DWP work services director for Scotland, told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme that three of the proposed closures would result in travel increasing to up to four miles.
She said these job centres - in Maryhill, Castlemilk and Bridgton - could remain open depending on the outcome of the consultation.

Proposed closures
		Castlemilk and Langside Jobcentres will move to Newlands Jobcentre
		Parkhead, Easterhouse and Bridgeton Jobcentres will move to Shettleston Jobce

Bill Jamieson: Darker side of the labour market

In the relentless blizzard of statistics about Scotland’s economy, there’s one set that stands out as a measure of our performance and well-being: employment, and its dark alter ego – the jobless rate.

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The Commonwealth Games in 2014. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Grant Jarvie: Don’t let sport cuts squander key social asset

The news that sport in Scotland is to be cut by 20 per cent backs up research first released by Edinburgh University in December 2016. Figures released by the BBC indicate that in 2015, 52 sports benefited from a total revenue of £65.1 million, a figure that by the end of 2018 will have fallen to £51.8m, a reduction of 20 per cent in three years.

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Business has never been tougher in the hospitality sector, says Stephen Jardine.

Stephen Jardine: Rethink over rates is a reprieve, not a rescue

We need a better understanding of how the hospitality industry works says Stephen Jardine

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