Jammed in between washing-up liquid commercials and nappy adverts featuring gurgling babies, payday loan TV adverts seem innocuous and unthreatening.
At first sight, it is yet more evidence of the secularisation of the nation.
THE latest report from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) highlights a growing challenge for the NHS.
SCOTLAND'S framework for tackling forced marriage is in its infancy but it enjoys the strong support of lawyers and campaigners, and it appears to be working.
The suggestion that Fife's Longannet coal-fired power plant is a top polluter is not new.
IT can be argued that rap music has not received a favourable press over the years, but there is little doubt that it can be a powerful force for good.
In theory, the hours that junior doctors work in Scotland are compliant with the European Working Time Directive, which states no-one should be forced to work more than 48 hours a week.
The dotterel is among the more interesting of Britain's birds, partly because the brightly coloured female leaves the pesky business of rearing young to the male of the species.
OUR cities are filled with accountants, architects - even doctors and nurses - who don't work.
COMETH the hour, cometh the man.
It is difficult to overstate the significance of the life of Nelson Mandela.
It was easy at the time to see the granting of the freedom of Glasgow to Nelson Mandela in 1981 as little more than a provocative stunt.
Positive economic forecasts are notoriously fallible, but that did not prevent the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, from peppering his Autumn Statement with them.
Until yesterday, the British soldier convicted of murdering a Taliban insurgent in Afghanistan in 2011 was known only as Marine A.
IT is time to raise a glass to the spirit of Scottish enterpreneurship.
To be an activist requires fiery conviction, sometimes in the face of what seem like insurmountable obstacles.