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Shamima Begum: Fear and loathing has robbed us of good judgement – Tom Wood

Following the loss of her third child, we need to talk about Shamina Begum – the British teenage runaway not the black-shrouded, Isis-bride hate figure who we have seen giving excruciating TV interviews in recent weeks. So inept have these media...

Monday, 06:19 in Politics

We are drowning in a sea of plastic – Christine Jardine

I didn’t actually think it would be this difficult. Just a week into avoiding single-use plastics for Lent, I’ve discovered it’s almost impossible. Today was the last straw. A single-use plastic straw that I don’t want or use, but arrives already...

Monday, 06:15 in Environment

David Mitchell: Pressure is on to find a solution to vacant Property

Communities in Scotland are all too aware of the problems associated with living next to land or buildings lying vacant or derelict, particularly in urban areas where neglected places can become magnets for anti-social or criminal behaviour. The...

Monday, 06:15 in Environment

Scottish food processing plant set to reopen creating 120 jobs

A food processing firm is to create 120 jobs by taking over the former Pinneys of Scotland seafood plant that closed last year. Bhagat Holdings has received £1.7 million from ministers to buy the factory and plans to start production this autumn. The...

Monday, 06:07 in Business

Comment: Flexible finance advice can steer tech start-ups

When Edinburgh’s CodeBase opened its doors in 2014 it brought a new manner of thinking to the way in which start-ups incubate. The idea was simple: provide affordable space and resources for tech start-ups to grow. CodeBase now has more than 100 firms...

Monday, 04:15 in Business

England 38-38 Scotland: How the Scotland players rated in Calcutta Cup clash

One player gets a nine but there are a few fives after a forgettable first half for the visitors. 1. Allan Dell, 6/10 Defended valiantly around the fringes but departed injured early in the second half. other Buy a Photo 2. Stuart McInally, 7/10...

Sunday, 21:56 in Lifestyle

Stabbing in Surrey car park being treated as a terror attack

A stabbing in Surrey in which a man rampaged with a baseball bat and knife while hurling racist abuse is being treated as a terror attack. Counter terrorism officers and Surrey Police are investigating the incident in a Tesco car park in Stanwell on...

Sunday, 21:46 in Hot News

‘Hearts are s***e’: Hibs fan who had stroke utters first words in four months

A Hibs fan who had a stroke has told how he shocked nurses by uttering his first words in four months - mocking rival club Hearts. Darren Thomson, 22, lost all feeling in the left side of his body just 15 minutes after he developed a blinding...

Sunday, 19:09 in Politics

Furious ScotRail passengers slam ‘appalling’ Borders Railway cancellations

Angry ScotRail passengers condemned the cancellation of ten trains on the Borders Railway today as among the worst disruption since it re-opened. The train operator blamed staff shortages after five of the last seven services of the day were halted....

Sunday, 18:53 in Politics

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s needs being ‘totally ignored’ by Westminster

Scotland’s needs are being “totally ignored” by Westminster while the case for Scotland governing itself has never been stronger, the First Minister has said. Nicola Sturgeon, writing for The Sunday Mail, warned again that Brexit would be bad for...

Sunday, 18:33 in Politics

Campaigners and landowners clash over burning of Scotland’s grouse moors

Conservationists have called for the burning of grouse moors to be banned, claiming it is “hugely detrimental to the environment”. However, landowners defended the practice as “vital for upland biodiversity”. Revive, the coalition for grouse moor...

Sunday, 15:59 in Environment

Diana Gabaldon: On superfans, whisky and the ‘miracle’ of Outlander

Snow falls thick and fast on the historic town of Falkland as a group of tourists, wearing puffa jackets and pulling trolley bags through the slush, stop at the Mercat Cross. “We are looking for Diana,” one says. The group of friends from Barcelona...

Sunday, 15:42 in Lifestyle

Self-harm incidents ‘skyrocketing’ in Scots prisons

The funding of mental health care for Scotland’s prisoners must be increased after the number of self-harm incidents “skyrocketed”, an MSP has said. Figures show there were 762 incidents in 2018, compared to 532 in the previous year – a jump of 43 per...

Sunday, 14:28 in Politics

Love Island’s Mike Thalassitis, 26, found hanged in North London park

Love Island’s Mike Thalassitis was found hanged in a park in North London on Saturday. A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said officers were called to the park in Edmonton to reports of a man found hanged. READ MORE: Reality star Mike Thalassitis found...

Sunday, 13:41 in Lifestyle

Dani Garavelli: Islamophobe hypocrites ride wave of sympathy after Christchurch

Many of those expressing outrage at the mosque killings have helped normalise the race hatred which led to them, writes Dani Garavelli The massacre of 49 Muslim worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, prompted a mass outpouring of...

Sunday, 12:49 in Politics

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