Our editorial position on a broad range of topics, outlined and updated as events unfold. Occasional guest editorials feature commentary with which we are in general agreement or present reasoned argument worth discussion.
Politicians don’t often get the opportunity to act on points of principle which are so clear-cut.
What if the British State organised a big party and no-one turned up?
A video aimed at online 'youth' takes the temperature of the independence debate and concludes that it is 'dorment'. Fair enough?
'The British State, at the behest of the United States, has made us all complicit in one of the most heinous war crimes ever committed.'
Truth and faith - the gap in-between is where too many of our public servants huddle against legitimate inquiry
Half a century apart, different approaches to 'speaking truth to power'.
There is no logical reason to believe that Operation Branchform will recommend any prosecutions.
If MSPs are obliged to swear an oath of allegiance, to whom should it be pledged?
"I do swear that I will be faithful and bear true Allegiance to His Majesty King Charles, His heirs and successors, according to Law, so help me God."
Is it time to end the taking of the oath in the Scottish parliament?
Politicians should start telling the electorate what they need to know rather than what they want to hear.
Who, in your opinion, is the biggest throbber in Scottish political culture?
That the '45%' are being so roundly ignored should concern everyone, not just potential ‘Yes’ voters
It isn’t hard to think of reasons why the Treaty (Articles) of Union is not on permanent display
We can't keep blaming others. If we're 'sovereign' then we have to act accordingly.
The system does not work. Radical change is needed and it is not coming from the major parties.
There is no logical case for postponing crunch debates until/unless another referendum is in the offing.
There may be no obvious reason to suppose that Scottish independence is coming over the hill. But it is coming.
The proles are letting their governments know that they object to what is being done in their name to the people of Palestine.
Is it time for independence-supporting parties to unite around the issue of media bias?
No-one knows what lies ahead but we can make educated guesses and act accordingly.
We have all been betrayed at some point in our lives. And we all betray others, sometimes unknowingly.
It's not just supporters of Alex Salmond who should be pressing for prosecution of perjurers.
How are Scots viewed by others? How much 'truth' is there in the stereotypes?
Where does the Central Bank Digital Currency threat originate?
Silence can sometimes have more of an impact than the loudest protests.
Spies and spooks are not all James Bonds and Jason Bournes - they're far more likely to be shopworkers, delivery drivers and security guards.
Mainstream Western ‘news’ about what’s happening in Ukraine presents partial coverage, enabling only limited understanding.
Our moderation policy is harsh, perhaps, but we believe it enhances the OTS experience and it *will* be enforced.
Difficult question but it must be asked - what’s the point of SNP MPs?
The quality of the independence debate is not good enough.
The case for independence - economic, constitutional and cultural - is unanswerable. Continued stasis helps no-one.