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Letters: Catalonia fallout will last a long time

No matter where you stand on the Catalonian independence issue, it was hard to stomach the scenes of police brutality taking place in Barcelona on Sunday. I applaud The Scotsman for their editorial ­condemning the shameful acts of violence which we witnessed with growing anger and dismay.

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Letter: what links Rule Britannia and Scotland’s slave trade involvement?

Scotland’s involvement in the slave trade and non-involvement in the traditional finale to the BBC Proms season have received much attention recently. I wonder how many people are aware of the link?

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A rally showing support for Catalonia outside the Spanish consulate

Letters: Independence vote is universal human right

One reader has got in touch to discuss the upcoming independence debate in Catalonia. Do you agree?

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Letters: All wind and solar and not enough gas, nuclear and coal will mean energy crisis

I note a plea from Keith Anderson, chief executive of Scottish Power (The Scotsman, 25 September) that the government and regulators should back the development of the wind industry in Scotland in order to keep up with an anticipated increase in demand.

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Fears have been raised over a teaching crisis. Picture TSPL

Letters: Standing up for beliefs can be dangerous in 2017 Scotland

Stifling the freedom of speech of teachers in areas of valid debate is sinister, writes a Scotsman reader.

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First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones during a meeting to discuss Brexit. Picture: PA

Letters: SNP’s disappearing Brexit powers aren’t what they seem

The SNP’s claims of disappearing Scottish powers after Brexit are not what they seem, writes a Scotsman reader.

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Letter: Parents’ atitudes stopping Scottish education becoming world class

Iain Gray (Perspective, 16 September) is right that the changes to schooling proposed by John Swinney will not solve the problems defined. They are an obsolete “top-down” approach, similar to that taken with policing.

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Letters: Catalan vote could be huge for Scotland

It was immensely welcome to witness the statement from the Scottish Government, reinforcing the right of the Catalan people to determine their own future.

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The Royal High School building which could become an independent music school.

In full: Open letter to Lord Provost concerning Royal High

An open letter from some of the leading voices in the Capital’s entertainment and heritage scene has been sent to the Lord Provost. You read the entire letter below.

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Letter: Named Person Scheme belongs in the dustbin of history

The proud Scottish Government will be the last to concede defeat in any plan they propose – even their most bizarre and ridiculous – so let us do it for them.

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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.


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


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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