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Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy on the campaign trail in Paisley. Picture: John Devlin

Euan McColm: Scottish Labour in a flap over SNP

IF A butterfly flaps its wings in Brazil, runs the question, could it set off a tornado in Texas? The mathematician Edward Lorenz suggested it might. Lorenz, a pioneer of chaos theory, described how the tiniest action could have huge consequences. Anyone who’s ever said “go on, then – one for the road” will know the truth of this.


Nicola Sturgeon joins SNP candidate George Kerevan on the campaign trail in Musselburgh. Picture: Andrew O'Brien

Leader: Scotland’s starring role in UK election

This week’s general election sees Scots take a starring role - but the result is impossible to predict


A contact sheet of photographs of Sinatra in the recording studio with one of his most celebrated arrangers, Nelson Riddle. Picture: Getty

Hannah McGill: A century of Frank Sinatra

For those about to celebrate Ol’ Blue Eyes’ centenary, Frank Sinatra’s demons – the sex, scandal and paranoia – are the secret ingredients of a divine, inimitable voice, writes Hannah McGill

Jonathon Shafi is co-founder of the Radical Independence Campaign. Picture: John Devlin

Jonathon Shafi: Big opportunity for Scottish left

IN 2010 British politics seemed hopelessly static: a total consensus on the need for austerity, a two-party system so closed that Nick Clegg appeared radical, and the parties themselves staffed by an elite who all went to school together.


Poppy Smart has been on the receiving end of a torrent of online abuse after complaining to police about being harassed by builders. Picture: SWNS

Dani Garavelli: Don’t whistle to flatter a human

PERHAPS it was a mistake for Poppy Smart to go to the police when men on a building site continually cat-called her as she made her way to work. Not because, as others have suggested, her complaint was so trivial it didn’t merit intervention, but because, by doing so, she became the target of a more insidious sexism: the kind that seeks to portray all women who stand up for themselves as humourless, attention- seeking man-haters.


Andrew Wilson: Westminster must talk to SNP MPs

WHATEVER the democratic choices made at the ballot box, most reasonable people want politicians to work tog­ether constructively for the public good.


Pierino's in Leith. Picture: TSPL

Claire Black: Hipsters heading for Leith

I REALISE that unless you have your own pint glass behind the bar in the Port of Leith and a tab in Pierino’s chippy you can’t really call yourself a Leither. But I have lived in the Republic for seven years, I have sung Sunshine On Leith in that fine bar (several times) and I know Pierino’s number off by heart, so I feel I may claim my right to speak.

Alex Salmond. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Drumlanrig: Cameron milks it with Salmond wind-ups

David Cameron has enjoyed winding up his old referendum rival Alex Salmond during the election campaign. And the Prime Minister was at it again on Friday as he suffered microphone problems at an event at an Asda store in Leeds. As his voiced morphed into Dalek mode, the Tory leader quipped: “Sorry about that, it’s Alex Salmond coming in.”


Some industry leaders want more than one form of tenancy in Scotland, but others fear regulation may have unintended consequences. Picture: Ian Georgeson

SNP review puts rental reform on political agenda

As charity campaigns for security and affordability, industry warns against distorting the market with capping, writes Jeff Salway


Consumer spending is forecast to grow by an encouraging 3 per cent this year. Picture: Jane Barlow

Comment: Slowdown threatens sunny growth forecasts

OVER the past two months there have been scattered signs that the UK economy is losing momentum. But figures on first quarter performance posted last week showed a much sharper slowdown than most had predicted.

Martin Flanagan

Comment: Vikings waiting to slaughter boards

THE cliché has it that what goes around comes around, and in few milieus does it seem to apply so well as shareholder revolts against boardroom pay. Periodically, things go quiet on the investor indignation front at corporate largesse, perhaps when company performance has been decent and there is nothing egregious to fulminate at.

Facing up to the facts of death is never easy. Picture: Getty

Beating the last great modern taboo

As baby boomers reach old age, there will be an increased focus on death and end-of-life choices, writes David Clark

It is hoped the new system will provide a better quality of service to the bereaved. Picture: Getty

Changes to death certificates should make things easier for bereaved

Move will remove need for other paperwork, writes Paul Cuthell

Cutbacks in the oil and gas industry have given the sector pause for reflection. Picture: Getty

Time to train next generation of oil workers

The fall in the oil price has shaken an industry which protected the North-east of Scotland when recession hit the UK hardest.

Labour leader, Ed Miliband, Scottish Labour leader, Jim Murphy  and Ed Balls. Picture: Neil Hanna

John Curtice: poll shows Scottish Labour crisis deepening

THIS was a desperately bad week for Scottish Labour in the polls. On Monday a TNS Scotland-wide poll put the party on just 24 per cent, no less than 28 points behind an apparently increasing SNP vote.


Bill Jamieson. Picture: TSPL

Comment: Quietly ditch election pledges or come clean

FOR Scottish businesses and households, the election campaign thus far has presented a monumental puzzle.


The National Monument on Calton Hill, sometimes dubbed Edinburghs Disgrace, was never finished for lack of funds. Picture: Neil Hanna

Acropolis Now for Edinburgh’s Unesco status?

IS the Athens of the North on the verge of destroying its priceless architectural heritage, or just rejuvenating its timeless global appeal, asks Chitra Ramaswamy


Beattie-Smith in Edinburghs Gayfield Square. Her party is fielding 31 candidates in Scotland, their biggest showing yet. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Election Essays: Sarah Beattie-Smith, Scottish Greens

The referendum has created a new hunger for equality and democracy – and an end to exploitation


Miliband and Sturgeon can agree on demonising austerity from George Osborne but not on the future of Trident. Picture: Royal Navy

Tom Peterkin: Red line issues and grey areas

Nicola Sturgeon has named her price for supporting Ed Miliband in government, but is it too steep for the SNP and Labour to find common ground, asks Tom Peterkin


Miliband with his wife, Justine Thornton, who has described the Labour leader as an expert kisser. Picture: Andrew Yates/Getty

Dani Garavelli: Ed dastardly and Dave dashing?

L AST week the Daily Mail saw fit to make a big front page banner splash out of the allegation that Ed Miliband had some other girlfriends before he got married at the age of 41. This news has presumably transformed the voting intentions of anyone whose constituency falls within the Victorian era, or who has been under the impression that Miliband is up for the post of Mother Superior rather than Prime Minister.

A deal with the Lib Dems would send a more calming message to the markets than one with the SNP. Picture: PA

Leaders: An election turning point?

Signs that Labour could govern with help from the Lib Dems pose questions for SNP strategy


Seve Ballesteros. Picture: Getty

Drumlanrig: Dragon fires off mixed messages

NOW that he is no longer one of the stars of Dragons’ Den, the Scottish businessman Duncan Bannatyne has been getting involved with the general election – although it has not always been easy to work out his politics.

Ukip MEP David Coburn. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Euan McColm: Ukip’s David Coburn is one of us

IN A Scotland divided, praise be for someone who can unite us. The country may be split down the middle on the issue of independence, but one man has the power to bring us together. He can make us whole again.


A lot of people will potentially miss out on 7 May through not doing something thats actually incredibly simple. Picture: Stuart Cobley

Alex Robertson: Don’t miss out on your right to vote

SORRY, but you’re not allowed to read this article. Hopefully that got your attention. It’s the same idea for our UK general election TV campaign where we show people stopped from doing things they assumed they could.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at a scrap Trident event in Glasgow last week. Picture: John Devlin

Andrew Wilson: Trident only an issue thanks to SNP

WEAKNESS on my part – I know, it shows – but I have strong respect and regard for Tony Blair. Always have. One of the many benefits of no longer being a politician is that I can say things like that with impunity.


Chosen one: Clinton answers questions after a keynote speech at the UN. Picture: Getty

Claire Black: Hillary Clinton is worth the wait

TODAY is the day. It’s been a long time coming. Some might say decades, delayed mainly by a saxophone-playing philanderer with more Southern charm than self-restraint. (No wonder she allegedly hit him in the head with a book). Hillary Clinton is running for president.

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