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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?

Opinion
The border issues are a sticking point in the White Paper. Picture: Jane Barlow

David Mundell: There’s no alternative to the Brexit White Paper

Today marks 250 days until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

Politics
Jim Sillars. Picture: Neil Hanna

Jim Sillars: SNP’s Continuity Bill ‘is a tactical package’

A leading SNP figure has described Nicola Sturgeon’s alternative Brexit Bill as tactic by the Scottish Government to create an obstacle for the UK leaving the EU.

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Avais Ijaz, a systems development office for Falkirk Council, devised the PARD

Digital map will save lives of vulnerable in emergency

A new life-saving computerised mapping system designed to instantly identify vulnerable people caught up in an emergency is being rolled out across Scotland.

News
David Whiteford in John o'Groats

Insight: Visitor numbers drive Highlands into tourist trap

There is a sun-struck giddiness on board the MV Hebridean Isles as it scythes its way through the cerulean waters that separate Kennacraig and Port Ellen. In the bowels of the boat, locals and workers are tucking into full Scottish breakfasts, but the tourists are out on deck, craning their necks for the first sight of the rocky islets that arch their backs like sea monsters off the Islay coast.

Travel
An engraving of Frederick Douglass editing a journal at his desk in the late 1870s. Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty

Ex-slave who attacked Free Kirk ‘blood money’

As the unrelenting whip cracked down on his bare back, tearing open his flesh, the black teenager vowed to himself that one day he would escape and tell the world about the brutality of life as a slave on the American plantations.

Lifestyle
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.

Opinion
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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The government clinches the vote on the Trade Bill last week ' the kind of contest the pro-EU grouping hopes to win in future. Picture: PA

Shadow ‘sensible’ party in bid to ambush Brexit

A back-channel network of pro-EU MPs is to “step up” its work to defeat the government’s Brexit plans, believing it is poised to deliver a decisive blow against Theresa May when parliament returns from the summer recess.

Politics
Fifty people took part in the SDL demonstration. Picture: John Devlin

Man arrested after fireworks thrown at police during SDL rally

A man is to appear in court after fireworks were launched at police during a far-right rally.

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Real wages for berry pickers are thought to be better in southern Europe.

MPs visit farm to highlight ‘crisis’ of berry picker shortage

Theresa May is failing to grasp the impact of European labour shortages on Scotland’s berry farms, it was claimed yesterday.

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Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher giving her speech to an international audience at the College of Europe in the Belgian town of Bruges, warning them that she would not tolerate any suppression of Britain's nationhood by a European "idenikit" superstate.

Thatcher ‘Eurosceptic’ speech was never meant to be anti-EU, documents show

Margaret Thatcher’s Bruges speech on the future of Europe became a seminal text for Eurosceptics in the UK but was partly inspired by a Europhile and never intended to be an anti-European speech, newly released documents suggest.

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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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Jeremy Hunt and Gavin Williamson with their Australian counterparts (Photo by David Cheskin - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Foreign Secretary calls on Nato members to increase defence spending

The newly-installed Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday urged other Nato members to increase their spending on the defence alliance.

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Theresa May. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Theresa May’s Brexit plans questioned by EU chief Barnier

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has questioned whether the Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposals for customs arrangements are workable, in his first public response to last week’s white paper.

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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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Brexit: What happens if Britain leaves the EU with no deal?

With just months until Britain leaves the EU, political differences on the terms of Brexit are still rife and Scotland remains at odds with Westminster over the terms of any deal.

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Yorkshire Party leader Stewart Arnold (centre) launches the party's 2017 manifesto outside Wakefield Cathedral. Picture: Scott Merrylees/Johnston Press

Meet the Yorkshire Party - the English regionalists inspired by the SNP

It has a mixed economy reliant on financial services and tourism, a population of around five million, and is famous for its rugged yet beautiful landscape.

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