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POLITICS MATTERS: What will a new Labour government do with the House of Lords?

06 April 2024
POLITICS MATTERS: What will a new Labour government do with the House of Lords?

POLITICS MATTERS: What will a new Labour government do with the House of Lords?

06 April 2024

Reforming the House of Lords might not seem the obvious and most pressing item on the possible new Prime Minister’s to-do list, says our columnist.


POLITICS MATTERS: Defence spending is in focus amid an unsettled world

24 March 2024
POLITICS MATTERS: Defence spending is in focus amid an unsettled world

POLITICS MATTERS: Defence spending is in focus amid an unsettled world

24 March 2024

Columnist David Stewart explores the importance of defence spending in an increasingly unstable world.


POLITICS MATTERS: How will Budget impact us? Fuel duty freeze will be welcomed in north

10 March 2024
POLITICS MATTERS: How will Budget impact us? Fuel duty freeze will be welcomed in north

POLITICS MATTERS: How will Budget impact us? Fuel duty freeze will be welcomed in north

10 March 2024

Higher cost of fuel in our area and the substantial mileages racked up for business or pleasure means car ownership is an expensive outlay for many.


POLITICS MATTERS: It’s time for an urgent rethink on pension proposals

23 February 2024
POLITICS MATTERS: It’s time for an urgent rethink on pension proposals

POLITICS MATTERS: It’s time for an urgent rethink on pension proposals

23 February 2024

People will face the impossible dilemma of being too old to work and too young to retire, says our columnist.


POLITICS MATTERS: What sort of nation will we become in the next decade?

21 January 2024
POLITICS MATTERS: What sort of nation will we become in the next decade?

POLITICS MATTERS: What sort of nation will we become in the next decade?

21 January 2024

The national elections in the UK and US this year will still provide shocks. They also mean so much more, says our columnist.


POLITICS MATTERS: Wacky predictions for what politics might bring in 2024

17 December 2023
POLITICS MATTERS: Wacky predictions for what politics might bring in 2024

POLITICS MATTERS: Wacky predictions for what politics might bring in 2024

17 December 2023

As this is my last column of the year it is time for my political predictions for 2024, some more serious than others!


POLITICS MATTERS: Bringing politics to book – just in time for Christmas

27 November 2023
POLITICS MATTERS: Bringing politics to book – just in time for Christmas

POLITICS MATTERS: Bringing politics to book – just in time for Christmas

27 November 2023

Christmas shopping is the top of the agenda for many readers at this time of the year.


POLITICS MATTERS: Green freeport must look at socio-economic needs of the Highlands

10 November 2023
POLITICS MATTERS: Green freeport must look at socio-economic needs of the Highlands

POLITICS MATTERS: Green freeport must look at socio-economic needs of the Highlands

10 November 2023

Green Freeport must address the looming crisis of climate change, transform our local use of energy and develop a hydrogen network, says columnist.


POLITICS MATTERS: Council tax levels should be left to Highland Council

27 October 2023
POLITICS MATTERS: Council tax levels should be left to Highland Council

POLITICS MATTERS: Council tax levels should be left to Highland Council

27 October 2023

All party leaders, irrespective of the colour of their rosettes, love flashy, new announcements at annual conference before the party faithful.


DAVID STEWART: We need improved pay and conditions for school support staff

30 September 2023
DAVID STEWART: We need improved pay and conditions for school support staff

DAVID STEWART: We need improved pay and conditions for school support staff

30 September 2023

Most Highland schools were shut on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday due to some non-teaching staff being on strike.


DAVID STEWART: Transport ministers have turned A9 procrastination into an art form

16 September 2023
DAVID STEWART: Transport ministers have turned A9 procrastination into an art form

DAVID STEWART: Transport ministers have turned A9 procrastination into an art form

16 September 2023

Our columnist also highlights Fergus Ewing as "running his own one-man-band guerrilla warfare against the SNP hierarchy".


DAVID STEWART: Vibrant Inverness city centre wanted – but not at cost of businesses

30 August 2023
DAVID STEWART: Vibrant Inverness city centre wanted – but not at cost of businesses

DAVID STEWART: Vibrant Inverness city centre wanted – but not at cost of businesses

30 August 2023

There is also the obvious concern that the worrying pollution levels of the city centre may just be displaced, says our columnist.


DAVID STEWART: Views of our hardworking and dedicated GPs must not be ignored

19 August 2023
DAVID STEWART: Views of our hardworking and dedicated GPs must not be ignored

DAVID STEWART: Views of our hardworking and dedicated GPs must not be ignored

19 August 2023

Patients in other countries, such as America, look with envy at our system of free healthcare, says our columnist.


DAVID STEWART: We need to find a solution to threats facing politicians

05 August 2023
DAVID STEWART: We need to find a solution to threats facing politicians

DAVID STEWART: We need to find a solution to threats facing politicians

05 August 2023

If not, it will affect the quality of representation we have in Scottish politics, says our columnist.


DAVID STEWART: Interviews with Highland patients, doctors, nurses and administrators were key to shaping NHS

15 July 2023
DAVID STEWART: Interviews with Highland patients, doctors, nurses and administrators were key to shaping NHS

DAVID STEWART: Interviews with Highland patients, doctors, nurses and administrators were key to shaping NHS

15 July 2023

We should all be proud that 35 years before the NHS in Scotland we had our own system in the Highlands and Islands, says our columnist.


DAVID STEWART: Get rid of resignation honours and have more for community campaigners

24 June 2023
DAVID STEWART: Get rid of resignation honours and have more for community campaigners

DAVID STEWART: Get rid of resignation honours and have more for community campaigners

24 June 2023

The resignation honours by Boris stank to high heaven of entitlement, privilege and snobbery, says our columnist.


DAVID STEWART: Time to accelerate detailed dualling programme for A9

11 June 2023
DAVID STEWART: Time to accelerate detailed dualling programme for A9

DAVID STEWART: Time to accelerate detailed dualling programme for A9

11 June 2023

Our columnist asks: Is it not time for government to set up an independent public inquiry to investigate the unacceptable delays in dualling the A9?


DAVID STEWART: Movement at last in bid to improve driver safety?

13 May 2023
DAVID STEWART: Movement at last in bid to improve driver safety?

DAVID STEWART: Movement at last in bid to improve driver safety?

13 May 2023

During my 14 years of service as an MSP campaigning to improve the safety of young drivers became a passion, or perhaps an obsession.


DAVID STEWART: First Minister's pledges to Highlands should be written on stone and placed next to A9

31 March 2023
DAVID STEWART: First Minister's pledges to Highlands should be written on stone and placed next to A9

DAVID STEWART: First Minister's pledges to Highlands should be written on stone and placed next to A9

31 March 2023

Humza Yousaf should not be allowed to forget is promises to the area, says our columnist.


DAVID STEWART: Debates are cross between West Wing and Mastermind

17 March 2023
DAVID STEWART: Debates are cross between West Wing and Mastermind

DAVID STEWART: Debates are cross between West Wing and Mastermind

17 March 2023

Leadership debate will be high-stress occasion for trio, says our columnist.


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