What is a nation? Ahead of the October 1 referendum, is Catalonia one. The author reflects whimsically on at least two mkinds oif nation…
‘But Gibson’s Red Road flats owed much more to constituents chapping his door about their damp decrepit decaying sandstone tenements, his wish to keep Glaswegians in Glasgow, and a desire to help local industry by building big towers with steel frames’.
Scientists overwhelmingly backed the Remain case in last week’s EU referendum. Here a prominent Aberdeen-based scientist laments the outcome and its impact on scientific research funding – and fears for #indyref2 on top.
The Scottish Government has finally appointed a new Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) – months late. Our own CSA muses on the appointment and what else lies in store for Scottish higher education.
There’s more to the recent Flying Scotsman restoration than its runs in the Borders and Fife. Its costs are huge. And it is not even all that Scottish.
Five Scottish-based scientists have just been elected Fellow of the Royal Society. But, in Scotland, the Scottish Government appears to have downgraded the post of chief scientific officer – vacant for almost 18 months. In earlier times scientists such as Robert Moray occupied key political roles; nowadays they’re shunned by politicians.
Alex Salmond’s take on the Easter Rising – and Irish independence – is a flawed analysis. Not least because he leaves out the civil war. And sees “Westminster” at fault everywhere.
The recent death of Umberto Eco, author of the Name of the Rose, prompts one of Scotland’s leading scientists to reflect on science and nationalism. He finds the two very uneasy bedfellows – as witnessed by the empty chair of the chief scientific adviser.