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David Spaven: Get freight on track for a better future

When the Scottish ­Parliament unanimously backed the ­Climate Change Act in 2009, much was made of this being the most ambitious climate change legislation anywhere in the world. In the intervening years, good progress on emissions has been made in a number of sectors – but the glaring exception has been transport. As noted by the sustainable transport alliance, Transform Scotland, “there remains no systematic programme of action to make cuts in transport emissions on the necessary scale, with emission levels remaining as high as they were 25 years ago”.

Neil McLennan: Our schools  must get away from looking to the churn of change for the answers

Neil McLennan: Our schools must get away from looking to the churn of change for the answers

Scottish education came under increased pressure recently as the Sutton Trust data fed back a big ‘D.’

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Sam Gardner: It will be tough but heat is on to meet energy target plan for Scotland in just 15 years

Although you could be excused for missing it in today’s whirlwind news cycle, but last month the Scottish Government published a plan that could transform Scotland in just 15 short years – the country’s first-ever energy strategy. This draft strategy outlines a vision for our energy future that sets out the changes needed on how we power our society, heat our buildings and travel to work and school in the future.

Women who have had treatment for breast cancer can feel anxious and depressed afterwards. Picture: PA

Nicolas White: Support vital after breast cancer treatment

Every year, around 4,600 people in Scotland are given the devastating news that they have breast cancer. Better awareness of signs and symptoms, leading to earlier diagnosis, and advances in treatment mean survival rates are better than ever – more than 80 per cent of ­women survive the disease beyond five years.

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Stuart Goodall: Politicians seeing the wood and the trees

WE are living in a period of uncertainty, where forecasts are torn up faster than ever. Elections go against polls, the economy defies ­predictions, and major political and economic shocks lurk in the shadows. And then you throw Donald Trump into the mix.

Rock star Mick Jagger appears to have written a 75,000-word memoir in the early 1980s which isnt going to see the light of day any time soon. Picture: Getty Images

Aidan Smith: Jagger can’t get no satisfaction from own memoir

The lost Rolling Stone memoir seems set to stay that way but Aidan Smith is desperate to see it published

David Robertson, Solas CPC

Dare to debate this damaging idea that gender is a social construct

There is a fear that dare not speak its name, a question that dare not be asked. An ideology is being foisted on Scotland’s children which, though well-meaning, is ultimately harmful.



Janet Christie’s Mum’s the Word

It’s all made up anyway, isn’t it?

The UK government has vowed to tackle 'shocking' discrimination against mothers. Picture: Craig Stephen

Eric Gilligan: UK workers’ rights on the line

The European Union has been a major source of the development of workers’ rights in UK employment law.

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Nick Freer ponders the race to put Scotland on the global tech map. Picture: Stewart Attwood

Nick Freer: Running to keep ahead in the tech marathon

Those readers who have perused my previous scribblings may have noticed a common thread – a fairly regular reference to Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg.

BBC Alba presenter Fiona Mackenzie. The channel  has ten times more weekly viewers than there are Gaelic speakers, but needs to increase its original content if it is to grow.

Brian Wilson: Crunch time now for BBC Alba, a Scottish success story

The Gaelic TV channel reaches far beyond those who speak the language, and can get even better if it is given proper support says Brian Wilson

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The Scott Monument with The Balmoral Hotel 
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Kirsty Gunn: do we really want to rise up?

Since when did Scotland become so obsessed with Scottishness? It’s a question my mother-in-law put to me at the weekend as we listened to her favourite CD. The CD, a Christmas present from her sister-in-law, is lovely – a rich and comforting collection of old Highland and Border folk songs and airs, a ballad or two, most of the tunes traditional and with words by Burns or taken from the great cache of anonymous poetry from around that time and before.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver his Budget on 8 March. Picture: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Scott Reid: Spring Budget to be the calm before the storm

The first few months of Philip Hammond’s reign as Chancellor have been nothing if not eventful.

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Brian Monteith: Blair should keep his counsel to himself

Just as Charles de Gaulle’s large nose and ears were of no consequence to him being the last great Frenchman, so Tony Blair’s perma tan does not impinge on his ability to fashion a reasoned argument. The former prime minister’s lectures, after dinner speeches and consultancies with corporate lobbyists, banks and well-meaning institutes do not mean his comments on Brexit are driven by self-interest to remain in sight of the public eye, maintain brand-Blair and earn millions of dollars as a consequence.

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27-09-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. Firth of Forth. The shale gas carrier INEOS Insight makes its way to dock at Grangemouth. 
The first shipment of US shale gas arrives in the UK. A tanker carrying 27,500m3 of ethane from US shale fields is due to dock at Grangemouth, the refinery and petrochemicals plant owned by Ineos.
The company said the gas would replace dwindling North Sea supplies and secure the future of the plant's workforce.
Jim Ratcliffe, Ineos founder and chairman, said: "This is a hugely important day for Ineos and the UK. Shale gas can help stop the decline of British manufacturing."

Shale gas and fracking protestors.

Research says fracking isn’t apocalyptic

The Scottish Government announced that there was to be a moratorium on granting consents for unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland until further research and a public consultation was carried out in January 2015.

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Making someone stay in an unhappy marriage smacks of old mores

Following hot on the heels of a decision by the English courts to award a woman who lost the bulk of her divorce settlement by making poor financial decisions, larger monthly payments from her long-suffering ex-husband years after their divorce, came another headline: “Woman appeals against divorce refusal.”

Power of Attorney document waiting to be filled in and signed.

Where there’s a will, have a Power of Attorney too

The modern incarnation of the power of attorney (PoA) as provided by the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 has two separate functions. One is the traditional function of authorising a named person or persons to conduct business on behalf of the person granting the PoA. Such business might include operating bank accounts, signing documents and cheques and even selling residential property.

Vinyl  is an experience, from handling, to artwork, to listening

Jack Cannon: Savouring music, books and films without a computer has its benefits

In an increasingly digital age, some people – including myself – are going back to the ‘traditional’ forms of accessing entertainment.


Victor Clements: Now is the time to affect Brexit negotiations

We have known for nearly nine months now that we will be leaving the European Union and that things are going to be different in the future.

Children could and did get out and about without adult supervision

Peter Hoffmann: Kids are losing the skills for amusing themselves

How can things be better, yet worse?

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