Lesley Riddoch: As his controversial golf course finally opens, the tycoon should take a few lessons in humility from Andy Murray – a real Scottish hero... Trump..this uncomfortable fusion of Simon Cowell and Andrew Neil has become the anti-Scot..
Martin Kettle: The reform bill fiasco has vindicated the militant oppositionism embodied by Ed Balls and Labour, and may yet threaten the coalition... Put big constitutional reform on the agenda at the start of a parliament when authority is high, not halfway through, when authority is slipping away. Hold a referendum first, on the principle of the thing, so that MPs are cowed and rebels have less room to make mischief. Don't go to a referendum afterwards, when the vote becomes a verdict on the government not the reform. Nick Clegg should have learned from that.
"Let us pause to consider the English, who when they pause to consider themselves get all reticently thrilled and tinglish, because every Englishman is convinced of one thing, viz: that to be an Englishman is to belong to the most exclusive club there is." (Ogden Nash)
Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham (1852-1936) "For the miner and the gaucho, the drover and the Sioux / A radical Scots aristo whose deeds of daring do / Championed the people, condemned imperial shame / From Gartmore to the pampas, Viva Cunninghame Graham."
As allegation follows allegation of systemic corruption in the UK's financial system, it is unclear how Alex Salmond's party can justify retaining UK institutions as regulators of an independent Scotland's currency and financial institutions.
So the outcome of yesterday’s presidential election is now clear. Incumbent President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson came out on top with nearly 53% of the votes. Þóra Arnórsdóttir, his closest competitor, received just over 33%.
Report of an Edinburgh meeting on Freedom of Information led by Peter Geoghegan and Alex Robertson. Speakers were..Sarah Hutchinson, Head of Policy and Information at the Scottish Information Commissioner..Gavin Sheridan, a data journalist and right to information advocate from Ireland..Rob Edwards, a freelance journalist specialising in environmental issues. 3MenInABlog discuss the meeting
Norway has the hytta. Sweden has the sommerhus. Finland has the stuga. Russia has the dacha. New Zealand has the bach. Canada and the United States have cabins. Scotland alone in Northern Latitudes seems to have virtually no hut, cabin or modest second home tradition. Why and does it matter? Journalist and Nordic Horizons Director Lesley Riddoch compares the "hut traditions" of Norway and Scotland. Land campaigner Andy Wightman describes hut building Swedish-style. Both explore the land ownership issues that keep urban Scots away from nature.
THE Treasury was last night accused of acting like Marie Antoinette before the French Revolution by throwing Scots the right to fish for oysters and mus-sels, while keeping control of the earning potential of the seabed.