The small guy is always the last to know. This seems a pattern of modern business and economics, that insiders have a heads-up on impending disaster while the small operators or the ordinary citizen is out in the cold.
It is time to take the NHS out of political control. The political management of our health service doesn’t work and ultimately sabotages the NHS.
Before we leave 2017 forever, let’s recall a strange moment – a speech that summed up Scotland’s predicament in 2018 but which has been wiped from our collective memory.
Alex Bell has been in Barcelona for The Courier, reporting from the election headquarters of the ERC. Victory for nationalist parties in yesterday’s snap election means independence for Catalonia remains a live issue. However, with less than 50% of the vote, the nationalists failed to secure the majority they wanted.
History walks the streets of Barcelona this morning. Catalans go to the polls in a make-or-break vote – if nationalist parties win, then independence for the region looks inevitable. That would have consequences for Spain, the EU and for Scotland.
The news that Ruth Davidson is thinking of leaving for Westminster confirms that Holyrood lacks the wit and humour of the Commons. She leaves for ambition, but her absence will be felt in the funereal proceedings of a dull chamber.
A neat way to describe Theresa May’s government is “in office but not in power”. The phrase was coined by the waspish Norman Lamont to describe a Tory government that was pulled this away and that, with no sense of leadership or direction.
Scientists are about to send a machine into space to collect the junk that circles the world – pity there is not a device to do the same closer to Earth.
The Chancellor is a fool and is to be mocked for whatever egregious mistakes he has committed in the budget, while everyone should take note that Scotland is down some £3 billion over 10 years and that is terrible.
Russia offered a meeting between Alex Salmond and Vladimir Putin in 2012. The offer was not pursued.