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New republics, old monsters: Catalonia and Europe hang in the balance 

Commentary by Christopher Silver In an age when borders are supposed to be fading, most people remain stubbornly fond of the ideal of the nation....

Dugdale retains her sense of who she is, but does her...

Commentary by Christopher Silver On balance, Kezia Dugdale was the most capable leader of Scottish Labour since Donald Dewar. That might seem like a molehill...

Meanwhile in Scotland: independence is a long game that can’t wait. 

Commentary by Christopher Silver Party conferences are strange beasts. At a time when politics is hobbled by a constant need to respond to the surreal...

One nation Scottish Toryism supplanted by the cold stridency of Ruth...

Commentary by Derek Bateman What went wrong with the Tories? There was a time when it was respectable, normal even, to regard the Conservatives as...

Reporting Scotland: Not much news reported, just plenty of “reaction”?

By G.A.Ponsonby The editor of the BBC's "flagship" news programme Reporting Scotland took issue last week with critical comments made in a Newsnet.scot article by media...

Monuments tell us about ourselves as well as the past we...

In Charlottesville or Charlotte Square: history is a nightmare that has to be confronted, says Christopher Silver. Recent events in the United States have provoked...

Stop debating Indyref2 timing: Unionists are campaigning already

Commentary by G.A.Ponsonby I watched the third instalment of the Altered State documentary this week.  It covers last year’s referendum, its aftermath and whether independence...

Who is the basket case and where are the broad shoulders...

Commentary by Derek Bateman So GERS proves Scotland is a basket case – independence is over. No, wait. It proves the opposite – we need...

How the Tories gamed devolution and why we can’t let them...

Commentary by Christopher Silver In 2007 I overheard a conversation in an Edinburgh pub on the politics of devolution. This was, as I recall, an...

Scotland Calling: Time for realism on how post-indy broadcaster would work

Commentary by Derek Bateman The retirement of Colin Blane after a lifetime in BBC radio journalism that took him from Beijing to Johannesburg to Brussels...