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James Millar and Ros Ball: How to rear heroes and heroines

This week’s gender furores – around a female Doctor Who and the Advertising Standards Agency report on gender stereotypes – demonstrate precisely why we wrote our book, The Gender Agenda.

Jodie Whittaker is to be paid the same as her predecessor, Peter Capaldi. Picture: Colin Hutton/BBC

Dani Garavelli: Time Lady won’t drag us out of Dark Ages

Is it terrible to admit I was underwhelmed by the Doctor Who announcement? Not for the, “Oh my God, a shape-shifting Time Lord can’t have breasts” reason, obviously. That would make me a retrogressive idiot, and there were enough of those about in the hours that followed. Nor because the actor chosen was Jodie Whittaker and I had set my heart on Tilda Swinton. True, I thought Whittaker was lacklustre in Broadchurch. But the show’s producers have said she aced the audition, so I will watch with an open mind. No, it’s more that the great unveiling felt a bit too gimmicky, a bit too superficial, a bit too let’s-pat-ourselves-on-the-back-for-being-so-enlightened to signify real change.

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Leader: Early support must follow diagnosis of dementia

Diagnosis of dementia is far from an exact science, and symptoms can present long before the condition is confirmed.

The cost of flowers is not usually covered

James Walker: Funeral plan may be the last thing you need

If you’ve caught daytime TV recently, then you won’t have been able to miss ads for funeral plans. I groan every time I see one – and the awful way they play on your emotions to get you to buy into a plan you don’t need.

The Labour leader with Kezia Dugdale on a visit to Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin

Euan McColm: Corbyn’s visit forces Sturgeon to pick sides

Sometimes, in recent years, members of the SNP have looked more like football supporters than political activists.

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Overseas visitors should create an all-time peak for international tourism spend this year. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Bill Jamieson: Record year makes strongest case yet for taxing tourists

Scotland should now be enjoying its best tourist season ever. Airlines are scheduling more flights in and out of our airports. There is continuing expansion of hotels and holiday accommodation. We have a growing reputation as a “must visit” country around the world. Our capital city now hosts festivals throughout the year.

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The added flexibility of modern-day pension set-ups also creates a scenario which worries the FCA. Picture: John Devlin

Gareth Shaw: Pension freedoms come with a caveat

People who have worked hard and saved hard all their lives, and done the right thing, should be trusted with their own finances. Pensioners will have complete freedom to draw down as much or as little of their pension pot as they want, anytime they want. No caps. No drawdown limits. Let me be clear: no-one will have to buy an annuity.”

British-caught cod is back on the menu for shoppers and diners who care if their fish is sustainable, a decade after stocks came close to collapse

Stephen Jardine: Net gains from return of North Sea cod

Co-ordinated action to be applauded for tackling threat of low stocks, says Stephen Jardine

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A failure to  wash hands after a visit to the toilet can spark a far-reaching chain of events if germs are then spread from the carrier to others

Jane Bradley: Time to come clean over hygiene

Too often we only wash our hands of responsibility, says Jane Bradley

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A pair of pliers is one thing, but what damage could Donald Trump inflict with a scalpel?

Nicholas Kristof: If Dr Trump was your surgeon…

Nicholas Kristof tries to imagine the Obamacare-obsessed President wielding the scalpel in the theatre

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outside Downing Street last October, after a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Leader comment: Nothing to be gained from antagonism

Did Theresa May decide to keep Nicola Sturgeon at arms’ length during Brexit talks, or is the First Minister in no hurry to meet the Prime Minister in any case?

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Many schools actively encourage pupils to discuss disasters like the Grenfell Tower fire.

Leader comment: Schools not shying away from reality

The respected American academic Henry Giroux is correct when he says that schools are failing their pupils if they do not provide the opportunity for discussion of disasters that dominate the news.

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Family: Janet Christie’s Mum’s the Word

Floored by a self-esteem masterclass

Measuring Raised Beds to Counteract Salinated Soil in Bangladesh

Educators must light the flame of current and future young ‘glocalisers’

Worldwide, two billion babies will be born, each one reaching school age and needing access to high quality education between now and 2030, according to the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. In the same period more than 1.2 billion young people will transition into adulthood and begin looking for a job.

Scott-Moncrieff partner Gareth Magee. Picture: Contributed

Gareth Magee: Small firms show strength amid uncertainty

With around 99 per cent of UK businesses classed as small or medium-sized (249 or fewer employees) it’s fair to say that our economy is driven by SMEs.

John McHugh is an Edinburgh-based Partner in the Dispute Resolution team at Harper Macleod.

John McHugh: Reduced VAT rating remains a sticky area

The application of VAT has been the source of many a long-running dispute. You only need to munch on a Jaffa Cake to be reminded of the “is it a cake or a biscuit?” saga. Recently, it was the turn of the great British caravan summer holiday to be in the spotlight.

Nicola Sturgeon finds herself in a predicament, says Keith Howell. Picture: SWNS.

Keith Howell: Independence in the EU will catch Sturgeon out – people don’t want either

Dinah Washington sang ‘What a difference a day makes’ in 1959, popularising a song which went on to be covered by many artists, right up to the present day.

Paul Noble says anyone who has benefited from an EBT 'should take appropriate advice on their affairs'. Picture: Contributed

Paul Noble: Putting Employee Benefit Trusts in the spotlight

There may never be an outright winner in the ongoing debate of whether Rangers are rightful winners of championships won during the years that the infamous Employee Benefit Trust (EBT) scheme was in operation.

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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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Laura Kuenssberg is paid less than many other high earners but has a far harder job, says Tom Peterkin.

Tom Peterkin: The BBC must tackle unequal pay

‘The BBC is really hurting,” declared Jeremy Vine as the storm erupted over the big salaries lavished on its “stars”.

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