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Swinney scores iPad row own goal defending Matheson over data roaming charges

John Swinney has made a bright start as Scotland’s First Minister but defending his pal Michael Matheson seems a rare mis-step. Matheson has tried...

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Scots must have faith in Kate Forbes as deputy First Minister

Kate Forbes proved her ministerial competence when she was thrown in at the deep end in February 2020. Promoted to finance secretary after the...

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Warring SNP and Green parties being in power is no good for the Scottish people

It's been clear for a while the Bute House Agreement was a busted flush. What started out as a well-intentioned idea has turned sour for both the...

26.04.2024 10

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Unions and councils need to compromise to avoid a summer of Scottish strikes

The last thing parents and pupils want in the next few months is a round of school closures brought about by strike action. With a reported rat...

25.04.2024 10

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Yousaf must get house in order after stats 10,000 council home lay unoccupied

Recent figures on homelessness were shaming for the Scottish Government. The number of “open cases” jumped to more than 30,000 and applications...

24.04.2024 10

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Record View says the SNP and Greens must accept the inevitable and say goodbye

Humza Yousaf, Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater must accept the inevitable. The Bute House Agreement has not worked and it would be best if the SNP and...

23.04.2024 20

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Decay at the core of dentistry as Labour leader slams 'broken, two-tier' system

The crisis in Scottish dentistry is growing ever deeper and it is posing a real danger to the nation’s health. Generations of improvement is now in...

20.04.2024 20

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Scottish Ministers should have acted quicker on gender identity service concerns

The recent publication of the Cass Review into gender identity services in England shed some welcome light on a difficult subject. Young trans people...

20.04.2024 9

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Housing emergency could take Scot Gov years to sort but action is needed now

The Scottish Government wants the public to think it's taking the housing emergency seriously. Its latest legislation does contain some welcome...

28.03.2024 8

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Emma Caldwell cops must be investigated over botched investigation

Iain Packer’s reign of terror is finally at an end after decades of hateful violence against women. The victim list was extensive, not least because...

29.02.2024 5

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Scotland's new top cop must hit ground running as force faces reckoning

Scotland has its first female Chief Constable – and there is no doubt that Jo Farrell now has one of the toughest jobs in UK policing. The justice...

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King Charles must call for climate action or face spiralling into irrelevancy

The new King faces a stiff challenge to make the monarchy relevant to the everyday lives of Scots. The institution remains popular but this reflects...

21.01.2024 7

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Mortgage crisis shows once again that the Tories are not fit to run the country

The mortgage scandal lays bare the destruction that the Tories have wreaked on the economy. The figures are shocking. They show that hard-working...

21.01.2024 10

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Wriggling Boris Johnson dodges truth in Covid inquiry as mourning families despair

Boris Johnson’s performance at the UK Covid Inquiry will have given not one crumb of comfort to the bereaved mourning almost 250,000 deaths from the...

07.12.2023 5

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Scottish Government efforts a good start but climate justice is long way off

Many have their doubts about whether the COP28 talks in Dubai will do much to tackle the mounting threats of climate change. But it’s good news that...

02.12.2023 20

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Tartan Army would be right to avoid Saudi Arabia World Cup given human rights record

The goalposts have moved dramatically in world football. Saudi Arabia will host the World Cup in 2034 – just 12 years after Fifa caused outrage by...

04.11.2023 5

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Blocking Afghans who want study in Scotland is shameful

It is cruel of the Tories to ban 20 female Afghans from studying in Scotland. These women defied the Taliban, who the west have waged war against...

26.10.2023 4

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Labour victories in Tory safe seats spark encouragement among supporters

Labour’s by-election wins in the safe Tory seats of Mid Bedfordshire and Tamworth are encouraging for anyone desperate to see the back of this...

21.10.2023 6

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Unsung charity heroes deserve our respect as much as celebs doing great service

Ally McCoist, Gabby Logan and James Nesbitt are just some of the famous faces who have given up their time to raise money for Doddie Weir’s MND...

20.10.2023 9

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Milly’s Law suffered a blow but the battle for justice goes on

We will have to wait until the end of a public inquiry before we know the full truth of the NHS hospitals scandal. The probe will look at problems in...

30.09.2023 5

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Keir Starmer's lack of clarity on Labour principles risks giving ground to Tories

Criticism of Keir Starmer’s position over the Rosebank oil field development has raised the question once again – what does Labour stand for? The...

29.09.2023 7

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Safe drug consumption rooms are a significant step in the right direction

Campaigners, backed by this newspaper, have been calling for the use of safe drug consumption rooms (DCR) for years. Now, at long last, the decision...

28.09.2023 4

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Scots Fire and Rescue cuts could prove fatal as areas left with inadequate cover

The Station Hotel in Ayr, which went up in flames on Monday evening, was once the centrepiece of the historic seaside town. The structure was once...

27.09.2023 5

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One in three babies living in poverty in Scotland exposes a broken system

It is an absolute disgrace that one in three Scots babies is living in poverty. A charity more used to raising ­awareness of hunger and want in the...

20.09.2023 5

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Hardworking Scottish ambulance staff deserve adequate rest time

Paramedics and ambulance technicians are real frontline heroes – working flat-out to keep us safe. They regularly work beyond their finishing time...

16.09.2023 7

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