Question of the Week

Question of the Week

Columnists

Columnists

  • FOR A pleasant change, the most enjoyable part of this summer has been the weather.

  • AFTER Hurricane Bertha the harvest finished quickly.

  • WELL, as I heard someone say on the radio this week, what's over and done with is never really over and done with - and I guess that could certainly be said of the Independence Referendum.

  • BY THE time you read this article on September 19, we could well know the outcome of the closely contested referendum for independence.

  • I have always been a supporter of the idea of Scotland's political independence but never did I imagine that I'd get the chance to vote for it in my early thirties.

Letters

Letters

  • Sir, - I have always believed in fairness and honesty.

  • SIR, - As already suggested, rather than those - the teachers, health, transport, infrastructure and service industry workers in the 50%+ box who Sandy Henderson suggests are more secure than we farmers - it is those in the box that are clearly worse off, that will finally determine constitutional change.

  • SIR, - Reading your paper on sea eagles and the replies from farming and sheep representatives doesn't surprise me - unknowing men have weak answers - why only lamb deaths and the usual lying carrion reply when sea eagles have been seen and reported killing sheep and even swans?

  • Sir, - I wish to appeal to Richard Lochhead to change the Scottish rules on Nitrogen Fixing Crops (NFC).

  • SIR, - At this time of Harvest Thanksgiving, it is worth remembering that before the Columbian Exchange of the 16th century, that the inhabitants of the Old World lived without the benefit of food crops native to the Americas.

Euro Notebook

Euro Notebook

  • IF HIS performance as commissioner is as impressive as his appearance before the agriculture committee of the European parliament, Phil Hogan will be a popular choice for the job.

  • IT SEEMS an unlikely statement - but when it comes to implementing CAP reform, the government at Westminster seems to have a more farmer-friendly approach than the devolved regions.

  • THESE ARE days of marking time in Brussels.

  • IT SEEMS bizarre writing this on a Wednesday morning, knowing that by the time it is read Scottish voters will, one way or the other, have made the biggest political decision in a generation.

  • POLITICS IS a murky game and that is as true in Europe as it is anywhere else.

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