It is now five years since an openly gay minister was apppointed at a Church of Scotland parish in Aberdeen, sparking an agonised debate inside the Kirk about gay clergy.
The drop in inflation is welcome news to anyone who is trying to live within a budget of any kind and calls into question the mileage left in Labour's campaign against the Coalition on the cost-of-living crisis.
THE Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has always had a nose for business.
There has been much discussion about the negotiating position the Scottish Government might take in the event of a Yes vote in the independence referendum but a new report from the Centre for Public Policy for Regions underlines both the superficial attractions and the hidden dangers in playing hardball.
In discussing the Evidence2Success survey of pupils, it is worth pointing out that children often understand a lot more than we give them credit for.
It can only be good news that the quality of water off Scotland's beaches is officially fit for swimming.
The decision not to include the demolition of the Red Road flats in the Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony is the right one in view of police concerns about public safety.
Abernethy Forest near Grantown-on-Spey is one of Scotland's woodland gems.
THE clock was literally hanging over the SNP conference in Aberdeen this weekend.
Momentum in politics is a potent force.
THE decision by the Conservative Party to issue its MPs with a code of conduct on how to treat their staff is a positive step, and other parties should review their guidelines too, but it also highlights the painful inadequacies of the protections given to those employed by MPs.
FEW can doubt the enormous potential benefits of ancestral tourism.
The two sides of the referendum debate do not agree on much, but it seems that an unlikely consensus of sorts has been reached on one issue at least:
GOING THE extra mile can often bring benefits beyond the actual effort expended.
The Maria Miller affair serves as a cautionary tale to MPs on how not to behave when one's conduct is under scrutiny.
It would be an unusual business that chose to meet its staffing needs by hiring a string of expensive agency temps when it might solve the problem more cheaply by hiring permanent staff, yet the NHS appears to be falling into that trap.