Brian Monteith

Pro-Brexit supporters hold up placards outside parliament on the day of the 'meaningful vote'. Picture: AFP/Getty

Theresa May’s Brexit plan leaves a great deal to be desired – Brian Monteith

As is the way with our ever-quickening news cycle, by the time you read this column the result of the “meaningful vote” on the Prime Minister’s proposed Withdrawal Agreement will be known. She may have sneaked a close and unexpected win; she may have endured an embarrassing defeat – or she may have suffered a hugely significant and humiliating record trouncing.

People in silent discos can start singing like nobody's listening ' loudly and badly

Brian Monteith: Edinburgh’s silent discos need to turn down the volume

Every city council needs a Moira Knox. How Edinburgh has missed the great battle-axe from Blackhall (actually she was very polite – like Jacob Rees-Mogg but in a twinset and pearls). There are a lot of “small c” conservatives across all the parties, be they social conservatives, economic conservatives or cultural conservatives – and Moira could speak up for all of them.


Brian Monteith: Humza Yousaf’s actions call his judgement into question

Does the Humza Yousaf enjoy the full confidence of the First Minister? I ask this question because the Justice Minister had a difficult week and, with bad news about Scotland’s public services emerging almost daily, Nicola Sturgeon does not need one of her Cabinet Secretaries demonstrating he is unfit for the particular office he holds.

A man protests against Brexit outside the Houses of Parliament. Picture: Getty

Brian Monteith: Remain lost the Brexit vote - deal with it

I am not a great fan of referendums, and I say that as someone who was involved in the Scottish campaigns of 1979, 1997 and 2014 – winning two and losing one. I missed the first Common Market referendum in 1975, but was actively involved in 2016. In the UK they have only been used for constitutional issues – which is probably why they have been hugely divisive.

Gareth Southgate managed to turn England's fourth place into a success. Picture: PA

Brian Monteith: Southgate could teach May how to play politics

The Conservatives have done something stupid, very stupid in fact. Under the direction of Theresa May they have taken an admittedly difficult task – negotiating a deal to make Brexit as seamless as possible – but then doubled its difficulty by making themselves, for the moment, unelectable.

Cars are unlikely to find they can travel at the permitted speed of 70mph on the new bridge. Picture: Alistair Linford

Brian Monteith: Crossing definitely not life in the fast lane

It is a wonder of engineering, a beautiful testimony to the blend of function and aesthetics and a fitting addition to the bridges from the 19th and 20th centuries. I write, of course about the Queensferry Crossing, that marvellous tribute to worldwide ­co-operation by private commerce and ­government planning.

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