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Brexit: Why Theresa May must resign and let UK find a new leader – Bill Jamieson

Theresa May needs to realise that her Brexit vote defeat was her final scene as Prime Minister, writes Bill Jamieson. Much as I love Verdi’s great opera La Traviata, there comes a point in the prolonged death scene when I do wish she’d get on with it....

Thursday, 06:48 in Hot News

Kenny MacAskill: Why MPs are coming round to second Brexit referendum

Amidst the fiasco at Westminster, the only thing that’s certain is that the UK is damaged both economically and politically, writes Kenny MacAskill. Some of the former may be recoverable in time but most of the latter’s permanent. It’s diminished in...

Thursday, 06:48 in Hot News

Second major Scottish government contractor faces collapse

Emergency plans are being drawn up by Scottish public organisations if the ailing government contractor Interserve goes into administration. The construction and facilities management firm faces a crucial shareholder vote on its future tomorrow. If it...

Thursday, 06:44 in Politics

Profits from Scottish council house sales this century, revealed

Former council homes in Scotland bought under right to buy (RtB) laws and subsequently resold have made a combined profit of £2.3 billion since the turn of the century, analysis has revealed. Many of the properties, which were originally built by...

Thursday, 06:44 in Politics

Edinburgh tram extension: why the costs could spiral even higher – John McLellan

The city council is hell-bent on completing the tram line to Newhaven no matter the cost, says John McLellan Today is T-Day, when the final plunge is taken which commits the city council to the three-mile tram completion project to Newhaven which will...

Thursday, 06:44 in Politics

Profiteers are making money from victims of Tory austerity – Christine Grahame

We all borrow things, says MSP Christine Grahame, but should never have to get in debt to buy the essentials of life. My late mother used to always discourage “borrowing” even for the smallest of items and I suppose that’s why I’m so resistant to...

Thursday, 06:44 in Politics

Kenny MacAskill: World’s End murders spurred me to abolish double jeopardy

Like most I wish no one dead but like everyone I shed no tears for Angus Sinclair. Wicked and depraved, it’s certain that he was guilty of even more murders. As a student, I felt the shock waves of fear and revulsion that rippled through Edinburgh...

Thursday, 06:44 in Politics

‘If I was a Rangers fan, I’d definitely be excited’ - Jermain Defoe urges fans to back Steven Gerrard

Jermain Defoe has urged dismayed Rangers supporters to keep faith with Steven Gerrard’s ability to restore the Ibrox club as a trophy-winning force in Scottish football. Gerrard’s first season in charge of Rangers now appears all but certain to end...

Thursday, 06:40 in Art & Culture

Rangers v Aberdeen: Police probe sectarian singing claims after Steven Gerrard branded a “sad Orange b*****d”

Police Scotland are probing claims of sectarian singing aimed at Rangers manager Steven Gerrard during the Light Blues’ 2-0 defeat to Aberdeen in the William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final replay at Ibrox. Chants branding the Gers boss a “sad Orange...

Thursday, 06:40 in Art & Culture

Rangers on brink of longest run without trophy - but there is progress

Unless Steven Gerrard can engineer one of the most improbable comebacks ever seen in a Scottish league title race, Rangers are now on the verge of recording their longest ever period between major domestic honours. Since the Ibrox club first...

Thursday, 06:20 in Environment

Edinburgh McDonald’s worker tells bottle victim: ‘I’ll phone the police after I’ve served this customer’

The victim of an assault at McDonald’s in London Road has told how staff watched the attack but failed to call the police or an ambulance. Ian Paton, 30, called in at the fast food outlet for a chicken burger on the way to his girlfriend’s in...

Thursday, 06:20 in Environment

Landlord blames police ‘overreaction’ after Chief Constable bid to shut his pub

A pub landlord claimed attempts by police to close his rowdy boozer were an “overreaction” - after he caught an off-duty cop urinating in a stairwell. The pub, Cheers, in Greenock town centre, Inverclyde, has been plagued by complaints of criminality...

Thursday, 06:20 in Environment

Universities unite to fund entrepreneur programme

Scottish universities have joined forces with national funding bodies to support a “pioneering” enterprise programme encouraging the country’s next generation of entrepreneurs. All 18 of Scotland’s universities have pledged financial backing for this...

Thursday, 06:08 in Business

Families to honour 50th anniversary of lifeboat deaths

Family members of those lost in the Longhope Lifeboat Disaster will gather this Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of the tragedy that saw the loss of eight crewmen. The community of Brims in Longhope in Orkney lost a third of its population on the...

Thursday, 06:06 in Lifestyle

There’s one Blockbuster video store left in the world – Laura Waddell

The rarest of its kind, there is only one Blockbuster video store left on earth. After a contender for that title shut up shop in Australia recently, the last standing is in Oregon, USA. By virtue of clinging on solo, it has become a museum to the...

Thursday, 06:06 in Lifestyle

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