Right now, it would appear to be a historic blunder that has left Britain deeply divided and stumbling towards the abyss.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”
The skies have been decidedly grey this past week. As summer packs up its bucket and spade, there are sure signs that autumn is here.
Franklin and McCain, names to conjure with. They evoke whole worlds on their own. They trigger differing re- actions, now in death as well as in life.
Ramsay Jones: This month has seen the world lose two of the most decent and principled people ever to grace the political stage
This month has seen the world lose two of the most decent and principled people ever to grace the political stage. Both were men of stature, firm belief and conviction. Both believed that to serve others was the pinnacle of their duty as human beings.
Catherine Stihler: Brexit is an unseemly mess – and Labour is letting the government get away with it
There are now just over 200 days left before Britain leaves the EU.
Andrew Bowie: Britain’s special relationship with United States is no myth – no matter what protesters claim
It is a fact that most politicians in this country are obsessed with American politics.
Ramsay Jones: Boris Johnson’s dog-whistle jokes on what Muslim women wear are no longer a laughing matter
I had my first brush with Boris 12 years ago. It was in Bournemouth at the Conservative Party Conference, and David Cameron’s first as leader.
Next week will mark one year since the Scottish Government’s baby box scheme was rolled out across the country.
Ramsay Jones: Stuck in the middle – the majority in the real world still live in hope for common sense from all sides
Well that was quite a week.
I don’t know if England will win the World Cup. Football may or may not be coming home.
It is in the nature of most of us to extol the virtues of where we live as the very best there is. To assert that our corner of this planet is unsurpassed. That our people are the finest, our landscape the most stunning, our spirit the most indomitable.
This week’s controversy about Aberdeen’s suspended Labour councillors might seem to be an obscure issue about Labour Party rules, of interest only to party insiders and political anoraks.
This is MND Awareness Week. It is a cause which matters to me. Last year I lost a friend to the deadly, degenerative disease. He was Gordon Aikman and Gordon’s Fightback Dinner will be held in Edinburgh on Thursday to celebrate his life and to build on his legacy.
This week, the P&J reported the shocking statistic that three chronic pain sufferers died while waiting for specialist treatment in the NHS Grampian area.
I’ve never watched Love Island. Sorry. But there you are. It doesn’t make me a bad person.
Kate Forbes: Building on closing the disparity gap with affordable housing to keep people in the Highlands
The UK has the biggest and most unequal gap between the best and the worst performing regions in Europe.
It’s good to talk. To weigh up the pros and cons of a problem. To review the evidence and examine the options.
Ramsay Jones: Promises have been made about announcements over the timing of another Independence Referendum
There was a watershed moment in Scottish politics last week.
Our world lost two of its brightest lights last week.
Richard Lochhead: ‘It’s a travesty that families are under so much pressure that feeding their kids is a struggle’
As a member of the Education Committee I spend a lot of time with colleagues looking at what needs to be done to close the attainment gap and give all our kids the best start in life.
“My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings.”
I think it appropriate that I start this column in recognition of the centenary of the RAF.
At their party conference in June, the next deputy leader of the SNP will be announced.
Children sat huddled in a Syrian cellar sheltering from the latest bombardment from the Assad regime.
Ramsay Jones: To cower or confront – how far would you and should you go to protect life and possessions?
There has been much debate over the last week or so about the rights and wrongs of using force to defend one’s life and possessions when faced with an intruder into your home.
Whatever side of Scotland’s independence referendum debate you were on, most people will agree it exemplified some of the best principles of democracy.
There is a distinctly cold wind blowing from the East. As we shiver under the latest icy blast from Siberia, we can at least be comforted by the knowledge that it will pass in a matter of days.
Peter Chapman MSP: Amid all the political noise and media speculation, the UK and EU are edging closer to a transition deal on Brexit
Amid all the political noise and media speculation, the UK and EU are edging closer to a transition deal on Brexit – with agreement expected in time for a European summit on Thursday.
Ahead of today’s Convention of the Highlands and Islands, Deputy First Minister John Swinney considers some of the key issues faced by rural communities
Michael Russell: More than 20 years ago, the people of Scotland voted overwhelmingly for a national parliament
BREXIT: MORE than 20 years ago, the people of Scotland voted overwhelmingly for a national parliament.
Ramsay Jones: Let’s hope the wind blows fair for France because across the Channel they’re not that fussed
Two issues have dominated the news agenda since my last Monday muse.