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The former British PM made mistakes, for sure, but the world badly needs someone of his clout and nous
There will be job cuts, it will be painful, and no party should be telling voters they can prevent that pain
Could there now be an opportunity to re-create the old and much-missed Bank of Scotland?
Exile and immunity from prosecution for Gaddafi may be a price worth paying to stop Libyan bloodshed
Opinion polls make cheerless reading for Alex Salmond but international events may offer more hope
Another Scottish election campaign looms and I am sure that I can hear the sound of the bones of David Hume, that greatest of Scottish philosophers, turning in his grave in the Old Calton Burying Ground. Perhaps the mournful groaning may even be heard within the chambers of the Holyrood building which, with a fair wind, is in spitting distance of Hume's Mausoleum.
Political point-scoring over student tuition fees may be harmful to economy's long-term prospects
It's maybe not a vote-winner and there's nothing in writing, but Britain's evolving constitutional structure will probably prove enduring
Will Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi, as Olivier Roy at the European University Institute in Florence has written, seek to drown the revolt in blood, or just disappear? We hope for the latter, but we fear the former is more likely. And if indeed that is the endgame he chooses, can we in the democratic world stand by or should we use our military might to prevent it?
The time is fast approaching when we must decide if central bankers should pursue their policies free from, or under, political control
Most Scots agree that climate change is a serious problem, but they are willing to look at other means to make electricity
Talk of 'active muscular liberalism' around race and culture will strike a chord with many north of the Border
Not for nothing is economics known as the dismal science. No sooner does someone have a bright idea for boosting economic conditions and making life better for everyone, than a bunch of economists come along and tell you that it won't work. So it is with the argument that making the Scottish Government responsible for raising in taxes much more of the money it spends will improve the Scottish economy.
David Cameron has some explaining to do if his ideas on public service provision are to gain any currency
The overthrow of the country's despotic ruler could have huge repercussions across the Middle East
Lots of people would be happy to do the job of an investment banker - without the massive incentives
Here's a name you will hear a lot about this year, despite the fact that he has been dead for nearly two centuries - the Reverend Thomas Malthus. His name will appear frequently in the media because of two things. By the end of 2011, the world's population will pass the seven billion mark and, during it, lots of us will have to complete something which is part of his intellectual legacy - a census form.
Enjoy your turkey did you, even though you thought it was a bit expensive? If so, then you will have come face to face with an increasing problem for the world. We are running a bit short on one the basics of life: food. That in turn pushes prices up to the extent that food price inflation may well be the big economic news in 2011.