THE news that one of the pioneers behind the creation of the NHS 24 helpline now wants it dismantled is at first impression striking.
LET THERE be no doubt; political and economic decisions taken by those at the highest level in our society carry consequences for the physical health of individuals, especially those at the bottom of this chain.
THOSE who questioned the lasting effects of Scotland's spectacular summer of sport last year should look no further than the east end of Glasgow this weekend.
Scotland's 32 councils have cut jobs by 12 per cent since 2008.
If personal data was a dangerous drug, governments the world over would be candidates for rehab.
IF the Royal Bank of Scotland wanted to draw a line in the sand under the excesses of the past and promote a new, responsible ethos, it could hardly have picked a more symbolic setting than the plush executive wing of its Gogarburn headquarters, the shrine to the hubris of former chief executive Fred Goodwin.
THE BAD news is that overcrowding in our accident and emergency departments has reached the worst level for seven years.
SO THE great "race to the bottom" is over, at least for now, as First Minister Sturgeon has jettisoned the idea of a universal cut in the rate of corporation tax.
The Scottish Government's plans to end automatic early release for prisoners serving more than four years are looking increasingly confused and problematic.
Seen from one direction, the visit of Daniel Taub, the Israeli ambassador to the UK, to the University of Glasgow looked like an exercise of free speech by a controversial figure in a democratic country.
Public trust in the planning process around major infrastructure developments such as wind farms is at an all-time low according to a letter published in The Herald today.
It was Vladimir Lenin who once famously said that "the purpose of terrorism is to terrorise." Few doubt that the gunning down in a Moscow Street of Boris Nemtsov, one of Russia's most outspoken opposition leaders, was aimed at doing just that.
Debates are often characterised by the extent to which they generate light or heat.
As a state-owned service East Coast was incontrovertibly a success.
In the early 1980s, the BBC's Television series The Great Egg Race pitted teams of engineers against each other in a bid to solve technical challenges against the clock.
THE caricature of Scotland as the land of the deep-fried Mars bar is just that.