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Monica Lennon: Follow the tourist tax trail out of austerity

To have or not to have a tourist tax in Scotland has become something of a hot political topic this summer. It already exists in many popular destinations across the world. So why are SNP ministers so opposed to it?

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Why is the Bank of England poised to put up interest rates? Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

Bill Jamieson: Skills shortage at the heart of pay paradox

Work this one out: record numbers in work across the UK and unfilled vacancies at a new peak – but no sign whatever of wage inflation.

Taxing visitors could raise up to �70m. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Leader: Real debate about tourist tax should be ‘how high?’

Visitor numbers to Scotland were up by 17 per cent during 2017, while the amount they spent rose by almost a quarter, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gave little reassurance to the UK Prime Minister in his address to the press. Picture: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

Euan McColm: Barnier rebuff should shut Boris’s cakehole

A popular delusion among pro-Brexit politicians is that the UK’s departure from the European Union could be made painless if only the Prime Minister were more confident in negotiations.

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Gaucho on St Andrew Square could still be saved after its parent company went into administration

Stephen Jardine: I was wrong about the future of restaurants

Chain restaurants, not local ones, have been feeling most of the heat, writes Stephen Jardine.

Usain Bolt, seen here taking a shot as Sir Mo Farah tries to close him down in a Soccer Aid match, has retired from sprinting and signed for an Australian football team

Jane Bradley: The sad end of this sporting life

Top athletes and sportspeople can find it difficult to come to terms with the end of their career, writes Jane Bradley.

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe have become huge stars since Outlander launched two years ago.

Leader comment: Finally, Scotland has some good news to celebrate

Scotland had 3.2 million overseas tourists last year, equivalent to 60 per cent of its population.

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Girl Guides show off their badges (Picture: Doug Peters/PA)

Leader comment: Girl Guide badges to include actual Moon-walking?

In 1909, a group of girls turned up at a Boy Scout rally and announced they were “Girl Scouts”. This bold manoeuvre so impressed Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, that he decided there should be such a movement. And so, the Girl Guides were born.

Otis Redding III performs at a celebration of what would have been his father's 75 birthday

Susan Dalgety: Embrace legacy of Otis and Elvis in the name of freedom

Otis Redding’s wife Zelma is to open a charter school in his birthplace to help create leaders with soul, writes Susan Dalgety.

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Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May are both showing signs of poor leadership. Picture: AFP/Getty

Brian Wilson: The weakness of May and Corbyn has been exposed

“Pairing” is less a convention than an essential tool for any Parliament. In normal times, it can ease family pressures, allow Ministers to travel, which is an essential part of government, and, most usefully, suspend the need for sick MPs to attend.

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Nicola Sturgeon chats with the Catalan President, Quim Torra, at Bute House (Picture: Getty)

Brian Wilson: There’s a sinister side to Sturgeon’s new Catalan friend

To general relief, the Spanish courts have abandoned pursuit of international arrest warrants for the ringleaders in the Catalan referendum, thereby sparing us months of martyred grandstanding.

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Theresa May needs to 'work the room' to save her Chequers plan for Brexit (Picture: Ian Georgeson)

John McLellan: The blood on the Brexit carpet can’t be ignored

John McLellan abandons his attempt to write like Hemmingway about the brutality of bullfighting to survey the ongoing carnage at Westminster.

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Ruth Davidson tore into Donald Trump in her latest column (Picture: PA)

Stay informed: Top 10 opinions of the week

The Scotsman is publishing a selection of its best opinion articles from the previous seven days to showcase some of the most insightful writing in Scottish journalism.

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Marriage allowance enables some married couples and civil partners to transfer a low-earning partner's tax-free allowance to their higher-earning spouse. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Gareth Shaw: If you’re not claiming marriage allowance, why not?

When I got married a couple of years ago, the chap who owned the venue at which we celebrated was one of a kind. His name was “Lucky”, he never wore shoes and he had the kind of demeanour that suggested he should be on a surfboard on the south coast, not managing a converted mill in deepest South-East London.


Edinburgh Airport chief slams reader for written ‘attack’ on team

The chief executive of Edinburgh Airport has hit back at a Scotsman Reader for ‘attacking’ his team in a letter printed in our newspaper.

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Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis broke a pairing agreement not to take part in a Brexit vote (Picture: Jack Taylor/Getty)

Leader comment: MPs are nothing without honour

Pressure caused by Brexit is showing alarming signs of damaging our democratic process.

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Comment: Developers need strong foundations for growth

Comment: Developers need strong foundations for growth

North-east developer Deveron Homes sadly went in to administration earlier this month, citing rising costs, tough market conditions and contract delays as factors.

The five-day Outward Bound residential course on the shore of Loch Eil helped youngsters  to develop their confidence and learn leadership, communication and organisation skills

Martin Davidson: Outward-bound experience sets youngsters up with skills for the future

In May 2018, dozens of young people from six Aberdeen schools came together with their teachers in Aberdeen Town House. Pupils from St Machar Academy, Kincorth Academy, Bridge of Don Academy, Torry Academy, Northfield Academy and Hazlehead Academy were united by their purpose to showcase and celebrate their achievements through projects that have benefited not only themselves, but their schools and communities.

Shona, Shanon, Sarah Law, Camile, Emily, Zoe, Rachel Law, Erin and Emma try out rugby

Kimberley Chatt: Girl Guides tackle gender stereotypes as they take up the ‘gentle art’ of rugby

When you picture what the average Guide meeting looks like, you probably don’t picture rugby. But hundreds of girls all over Scotland are getting the chance to play the game, many for the first time, thanks to a partnership between Scottish Rugby and Girlguiding Scotland.

Sir Cliff Richard was awarded �200,000 in damages after suing the BBC over coverage of a police raid on his house (Picture: Jeff Spicer/Getty)

Jim Duffy: Justice at last for Sir Cliff Richard, my hero

The media are already feeling sorry for themselves, but Sir Cliff Richard’s treatment was an outrage, writes Jim Duffy.

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