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The SNP is a well-drilled political machine, where party unity is taken for granted, writes Euan. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Euan McColm: How SNP’s strict discipline is stifling debate

A party that refuses internal discussion of significant issues should not be surprised to find itself lacking solutions writes Euan McColm.

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University of Glasgow to open £32m Imaging Centre of Excellence

The University of Glasgow will officially open its new state-of-the-art £32 million Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) 
for precision medicine tomorrow.

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Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Aviemore

Do Not Disturb: Macdonald Resort, Aviemore

Family fun with wow factor

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It’s worth a try

Raymond Paul (letter, 29 August) suggests an independent Scotland would be a “basket case”. There are many arguments, but to me the relative success and prosperity of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland – all different from each other but all doing better than Scotland – suggests to me that we should join them in independence.

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May may lack superpowers but SNP seems to lack willpower to protect shipping

The Transocean Winner oil rig grounding on the exposed and inhospitable coast at Dalmore on the Isle of Lewis has brought from the local MP, Angus Macneil, the depressingly-predictable response of a man with an inflexible Nationalist mindset. He has laid all blame and responsibility for allowing the oil rig to ground with the UK government. Case closed.

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Brave effort

One cannot but admire Mr Fraser Grants tenacity in defence of SNP’s economic performance and his attempts to “explain” the mindboggling £14.8 billion Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) deficit they now preside over (letters, 25 August.)

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Flimsy GERS figures do not prove that Scotland can’t be independent

It is never great long-term politics to trumpet a set of figures that are likely, at a later date, to come back and bite you.

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Nuclear option

We so wallow in a swamp of narrow-minded (British) nationalism and Olympomanic hysteria, that we are blind to momentous events happening in the real world.

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Museum letdown

I was impressed on my first visit to the revamped National Museum of Scotland. It is indeed a museum for the 21st century with a buzz of activity, a Visitor Experience Team and a Fringe Box Office.

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Festival protests go a long way towards explaining the feelings of vulnerability

Your report “Jewish Community feels ‘more vulnerable’ under Police Scotland” (24 August) was interestingly juxtaposed with the commentary from Matt Hancock, UK Minister of State for Culture, in the same edition.

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Venue problems

Once again Edinburgh is showing the world how to put on not just a festival but numerous such all embracing cultural extravaganzas.

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‘Reality is, education is delivered by a team of people – not just lecturers’

I was disappointed to read Shona Struthers (CEO Colleges Scotland) letter in Friday’s Scotsman.

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Royal High saga

The intervention of Unesco’s assistant head of culture in the continuing saga of the Royal High School is welcome, but there is one particular aspect which should be thoroughly investigated.

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East Lothian couldn’t cope with another 10,000 houses on a greenfield site

The arguments against the proposed Cala housing project at Saltcoats Fields, Gullane in terms of lack of infrastructure and the over development of a rural community have been well made in local papers by others and need no embellishment from me.

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Humanist rise

Having been a celebrant for almost as long as humanist marriage has been legal in Scotland, I was heartened by your leader article (Humanists offer choice, 17 August) that acknowledges the cultural shift that has taken place over the last decade, but I think that the change may be even greater than the Registrar General of Scotland’s statistics suggest.

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European influx includes a sizeable number who are simply unaccounted for

The Scottish Government, like the UK Government, has failed to account for the multitude of Europeans coming to live here.

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Sup with the devil

The Labour-Tory alliance referred to in Euan McColm’s article (Scotsman, 17 August) is nothing new as after the 2012 Scottish council elections Labour lined up with the Tories in numerous local authorities to form the administration thus thwarting the largest party from taking control.

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It is ‘highly likely’ that an independent Scotland would face a ‘hard border’

The First Minister should not be surprised that there is continued speculation about all manner of potential consequences of independence, because she has stoked up the idea of a second referendum, describing it as “highly likely” after the Brexit vote (Sturgeon dismisses border claims, 17 August).

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