You cannot be vanquished, Macbeth was told, until Great Birnam Wood comes to High Dunsinane.
When the Mental Welfare Commission (MWC) visited the Edinburgh Royal Hospital in February it found conditions out of another era.
THE figures in the Scottish Government's new analysis of life expectancy and the state pension are striking.
One of the enviable characteristics of British life has long been the relative absence of a gun culture.
At a time when the issue of Scotland's economic resources is top of the political agenda, the small business voice deserves to be heard.
A culture change is taking place in Scotland.
If you thought you had missed the starting gun, think again - the pistol has been reloaded.
The Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, has few friends in the legal profession right now, not least because of his determination to abolish the centuries-old requirement of corroboration in rape cases.
Whether or not Ukip manage to secure one of Scotland's six European parliamentary seats, their current standing in the polls, at about 10%, is a remarkable improvement on their showing only three years ago, when they obtained less than 1% of the vote in the Holyrood elections.
After attracting less than 1% of the vote in the 2010 Holyrood election and never having managed to retain a deposit in a Scottish election, could the European elections on May 22 mark Ukip's breakthrough in Scotland?
FERGUS Linehan, the new director of the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), has long enjoyed a reputation for being forward-thinking.
It is not only about the bruises covered by long sleeves and the vicious blows delivered to parts of the body hidden from public view.
WHEN it comes to contemporary art, the Dear Green Place is in a purple patch.
It is all just getting a little tiresome.Two years ago, Scottish Enterprise (SE) courted controversy when its chief executive Lena Wilson, remunerated to the tune of £200,000 (£60,000 more than the First Minister), was allowed to take up a non-executive directorship one day a month at public company Intertek, for which she was paid another £60,000.
So lying for hours on trollies under the glare of neon is still the lot of thousands of Accident & Emergency patients.
We have received a number of letters on the Sunday Herald's editorial position on this year's independence referendum, and today publish a selection.
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) reports 85% of UK businesses outside Scotland believe the country should remain part of the UK.
Common sense appears to have prevailed at the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) after the body clumsily attempted to undermine a Scottish Government-backed commitment to transparency.
SOMETIMES, scrimping and saving can amount to a false economy.
So the First Minister is winning the battle of the Twittosphere.
Asthma is not just an excuse to skip PE.
On the face of it, Scotland benefits greatly from being part of a UK-wide system for funding scientific research.
How fitting that in the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, the British Navy should admit its first ever women as submariners.
Scotland's poor health record holds the nation back as surely as a pair of concrete trainers.
Worries about wrongdoing, poor practice and dangerous understaffing in hospitals and other healthcare settings must never, ever be hushed up, so it is heartening that ministers are insisting personally on signing off all so-called "compromise agreements" negotiated by Scottish health boards with doctors, nurses and other staff.
It has been the most bitter and longest-running community buyout of the last 20 years, so it is excellent news that hostilities are at an end and the purchase of Pairc estate by the community in the South Lochs area of Lewis is finally to go ahead.
The bedroom tax was an ill-conceived policy that has brought hardship to thousands of low-income households, so news that, in Scotland, it is to be effectively neutralised thanks to the handing of new powers to the Scottish Government merits celebration.
It is hard to think of a more obvious case than the death of Surjit Singh Chhokar for using Scotland's new double jeopardy rules to prosecute individuals previously acquitted.
W HEN consultation replaces confrontation, harmony is usually the result.
After so many months of fevered campaigning in the run-up to the referendum, generating vast numbers of think tank reports, debates and analyses, there is something of an irony in the prospect that the vote could be swung by something as prosaic as which side is better at getting its vote out.