Brian Monteith

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.

Graffiti is a growing problem in Edinburgh, making the city look ugly. Picture: Julie Bull

Brian Monteith: Stamp out graffti in Edinburgh before it overwhelms us

Graffiti. As long as I can remember it has always been with us. YLT, Lochend Shamrock, Young Niddrie Terror, Bingham Cumbie, Bar Ox. Those were just some of the territorial markings you would see daubed or sprayed on walls back in the seventies when I was a teenager. And that was about the sum of it. Graffiti was all about marking gang boundaries or visits into other gangs’ fiefdoms.

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