The announcement that the BBC is to launch a new channel in Scotland is to be welcomed – but let us get it in context.4 comments
Just as Charles de Gaulle’s large nose and ears were of no consequence to him being the last great Frenchman, so Tony Blair’s perma tan does not impinge on his ability to fashion a reasoned argument. The former prime minister’s lectures, after dinner speeches and consultancies with corporate lobbyists, banks and well-meaning institutes do not mean his comments on Brexit are driven by self-interest to remain in sight of the public eye, maintain brand-Blair and earn millions of dollars as a consequence.22 comments
More daylight will fall this week on the two UK taxpayer-owned banks operating in different recovery weather systems. Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group met their nemesis in the banking crisis, RBS from the acquisitive bridge too far of Dutch banking giant ABN Amro, and Lloyds through its UK government-steered purchase of the homegrown disaster that was HBOS.
Actress Tilda Swinton is the frontrunner to take the lead role in Doctor Who, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.12 comments
Hundreds of doctors, nurses and other health workers are calling on the Prime Minister to take action to get polluting diesel vehicles off the UK’s roads as soon as possible.24 comments
Britain’s defences against cyber attacks are more critical than ever as the vast majority of the population use online services, a senior security official has said.3 comments
Inflation reached a two-and-a-half-year high in January as food and fuel prices pushed up the cost of living.3 comments
Singer Lulu says that she thinks she and Madonna should be crowned joint winners for the title of worst Bond theme ever recorded.4 comments
Dev Patel led the way for British stars at this year’s Baftas.1 comment
Given the many crises facing the world today and the uncertainty generated by Brexit and President Donald Trump’s volatile administration, we do not have to look far for things to worry about.11 comments
It is been more than a year since Edinburgh’s school estate was plunged into crisis after nine tonnes of masonry fell at Oxgangs Primary during a storm.14 comments
In a country as troubled as Syria, the slightest act can have international repercussions, rendering an already volatile situation even worse.3 comments
Pernod Ricard, whose Chivas Bros subsidiary is Scotland’s second-biggest Scotch whisky business, has outstripped first-half earnings forecasts helped by strong cognac shipments to China ahead of the Chinese New Year in January.
Business owners will have found little comfort in Derek Mackay’s remarks yesterday regarding business rates, an issue which, for many, is fast developing into a crisis that will have ruinous effects.2 comments
The fallout from the child sex abuse scandal in football has yet to fully play out, but one of the positive legacies achieved so far has been an increased scrutiny of the checks and procedures which vet adults taking part in the game.
Ofgem has set a temporary price cap to protect more than four million households who use prepayment meters for their energy.
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has been rebuked by his counterpart in the House of Lords over his veto of an invitation to US president Donald Trump to address both houses of parliament on a proposed state visit.2 comments
It is incumbent on every public service to look to the future with prescience and put in place a plan that can anticipate changes in need and demand, but such a task is particularly vital to the NHS.1 comment
The vast growth of the e-cigarette industry has prompted much discussion about just how safe it is. While the ruinous health effects of tobacco are widely established, there has been an ambiguity surrounding the risks – or indeed, the benefits – of vaping as a substitute.3 comments
Vaping has been given the thumbs up by health experts after the first long-term study of its effects on former smokers.5 comments
A woman is aiming to make history by becoming the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest from both sides.
‘An analogue person in a digital age” has become a somewhat barbed put-down as software has colonised the earth over the past few decades. Well, Restore plc, the document management business in the unglamorous arena of paper records management, shredding and scanning, is reversing this conventional wisdom in the business sense under chief executive Charles Skinner in an eye-catching way.
Oil major Royal Dutch Shell, which announced the sell-off of a raft of its North Sea assets earlier this week, has posted an 8 per cent fall in full-year profits to $3.5 billion (£2.7bn).
Peter Capaldi has been hailed as “a great Doctor” as fans called for a woman to replace him in the Tardis when he departs after the next Christmas special.5 comments
Alex Salmond has insisted that Scotland can stay within the European single market while maintaining barrier-free trade with the rest of the UK, pointing to Liechtenstein and Switzerland as an example of Scotland’s post-Brexit status in the Union.79 comments
Diageo, Scotland’s biggest Scotch whisky company, today cheered the City with a much better interim trading performance, sending its shares up 4 per cent.6 comments