Is nothing sacred?
At the end of a case as shocking as that of the 13-year-old who stabbed his foster carer to death, one question is inevitable: what action can be taken to prevent such a terrible event happening again?
Scotland's business angels have an enviable record of providing the vital investment that allows fledgling companies to develop and grow.
As a bellweather constituency which consistently returns an MP of the governing party, a by-election in Corby would generate intense scrutiny at any time.
Visiting A&E is never a happy experience.
It was all too predictable that the Governor of the Bank of England would once again be forced to revise his forecast for economic growth downwards.
'To make oneself hated is more difficult than to make oneself loved" is one of the many aphorisms attributed to Pablo Picasso.
Within 24 hours of these words appearing in print, Team GB is likely to have won at least three more medals, and during the same time frame at least three more British people will probably die waiting for an organ transplant.
It is a shame the title has been taken by someone else because "the Duke of Edinburgh" has just the right ring to it.
The waiting is over.
Those progressively minded Liberal Democrats, who always regarded the Coalition with the Conservatives as something of a Faustian bargain, must feel their worst nightmares are coming true.
The riots that erupted in London a year ago caught the police off guard.
Too many Scots are spending too much of their income on their power bills.
LAST week Britain's Olympic challengers – many of them Scots – took on the world's best and, more often than anyone had dared hope, walked away with the gold, silver and bronze medals.
ALEX Salmond has long enjoyed a rather one-sided relationship with dissent.
If a week is a long time in politics, how long is 18 months in banking?
In The Herald today, Lady Claire Macdonald, Skye hotelier and doyenne of British food writers, calls for an immediate halving of VAT to 10% in the hospitality industry.
SCOTLAND'S population is at a record high.
DO we need a rethink about how IT is taught in schools?
ARE Scotland's islands facing a period of uncertainty with the potential to damage livelihoods and threaten the existence of livelihoods in distinctive, if fragile, hinterlands?
SPEED kills and speed cameras save lives.
IN his keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference last autumn George Osborne announced a new scheme with his customary flourish: "The Government promised to help small businesses get access to lower interest rates.
EARLIER this month, First Minister Alex Salmond expressed his support for the dairy farmers who were protesting outside supermarkets and milk processors about the price they were getting for their product.
IT is much harder than it once was to make crime pay in Scotland.
WHAT kind of welfare system do we want?
It was a bold – but correct – move of the SNP to announce its intention of introducing a bill which will allow same-sex marriages.
Perhaps as many as a billion people worldwide watched the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games.
THE waiting is over.
It used to be a safe assumption that a university degree would guarantee economic security.