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
BREXIT: MORE than 20 years ago, the people of Scotland voted overwhelmingly for a national parliament.
Two issues have dominated the news agenda since my last Monday muse.
Readers know of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s proposal to close many of its local branches.
Over three years into the downturn, the oil and gas industry is showing signs of recovery. While the oil price will never again reach the heady heights of 2014, it has started to settle at a level where modest growth could return to the North Sea.
Events of the last week or so have given me the perfect excuse to divert the main thrust of this column away from the usual suspects and subjects.
No less than 43,000 people were killed in Britain during the blitz of World War II.
They are the words which greet an internet search for Oxfam.
It’s time to talk Brexit again. Sorry, but we have to.
The Scottish budget is going to be debated in the parliament next week – this is a worrying time for those who depend on public services.
Winter’s icy grip had its fingers wrapped tightly round much of Scotland last week.
It is now eight years since RBS promised not to close branches when they were “the last in town”.
Imagine if you were on the board of directors of an enterprise with an annual spend of over a billion pounds; if you had 8,000 employees, had to make vital decisions on a daily basis about the livelihoods of nearly a quarter of a million people, and responsible for nurturing the economy of some of the world’s biggest companies.
Time is running out to prevent a catastrophic extreme Brexit.
Convicted prisoners are banned from voting in the UK.
Growing up in Sanday in the late 70s and 80s, I well remember the MV Orcadia steaming into Kettletoft on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
It’s hard to be sure of the precise moment when a high street dies.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today backed the Press and Journal’s Save Our Banks campaign.
Last Sunday was my birthday. Last Sunday also saw travel chaos across the UK and much of Europe.
The SNP manifesto for the Holyrood election last included a clear, unequivocal pledge not to raise income tax for basic rate payers.
It was, I suppose, fitting that the first stage of our exit from the European Union should be settled at dawn in the capital of Belgium. It gave headline writers plenty of alliterative scope: Breakfast Brexit in Brussels.
Quite often, politicians use the word shambles to describe a situation.
Readers will, by now, have noticed that one particular person has become a regular feature of this column.
If you live in an island then the thing that matters more than anything else is transport.
In a country divided by its constitutional politics both internally and externally, how wonderful it was to see us united in common cause and in celebration of national success at the weekend.
The Scottish Conservatives have highlighted “unacceptable delays” for cancer treatment after it emerged that Western Isles patient have to wait nine months.
This week the Tory chancellor delivered a failing Budget, on a failing economy from a failing government.
My school song used to have an unofficial alternative verse.
Other than my mum and dad, there are only two people who have ever called me “son”.
I want to see a Scotland where everyone can play a full part in society and with empowered communities able to shape their individual and collective futures.
Let’s start by stating what should be blindingly obvious and gain universal approval: predatory, unwanted, abusive and inappropriate sexual advances are wrong.