IF THE Conservatives retain a presence in Downing Street after May’s general election it will almost certainly be down to their courting of the silver vote.
TWO gunmen stormed the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday killing twelve people, including three cartoonists.
IT COULD be that the reason I feel a particular loathing for those rent-a-quote crisis management people – the ones who write “apologies” for undesirables such as Ched Evans or denials for Prince Andrew – is that most of them were once in a similar job to me.
IMAGINE, if you will, a young woman, a red-headed mill-worker from the slums of Dundee, standing in her Sunday best on the deck of a packet steamer, The Ethiopia, in 1876, as it made its way upriver to Duke Town in Calabar – a part of southern Nigeria ravaged by the slave trade, where human sacrifice and cannibalism were common practice.
FOR decades, oil has dripped through our national debate, leaving its slick on arguments about prosperity and fuelling the righteous indignation of those nationalists driven by the conviction that the English are out to screw Scotland for everything they can.
CIRCUMSTANCES are conspiring to ensure that in the next few months, the SNP will have to come off the fence and either decisively stop the unconventional gas industry north of the Border or admit that they are happy to let big companies like INEOS drill and frack significant parts of Scotland.
AS A columnist, I’m in awe of cartoonists. Every week, I try to bend words to my will; I change them, rearrange them, take some out, put them back in again in the effort to make a point, writes Dani Garavelli
‘NEVER ever underestimate our opponents, son. They are serious people, they have very substantial resources at their disposal and they have run the country for decades. Don’t ever underestimate them”.
ONE of the most common complaints of veteran Scottish Labour activists in recent years has been the way the party has sometimes seemed to hold one belief as being pre-eminent: the belief that the Union must be defended at all cost.
NEW Tesco boss Dave Lewis sometimes talks like a marketing manual, but he certainly does not let business tropes and buzzwords delay action.
HERE is news that should cheer us up. The UK economy is set to have its happiest year in over half a century.
WITH just months left in power, the coalition government is fast running out of opportunities to create fresh misery for savers, writes Jeff Salway