Like train drivers and air traffic controllers, Britain's 2000 tanker drivers possess disproportionate industrial muscle because of the ease with which they can bring the country to a standstill.
It is hard to conceive of a better illustration of the term "hostage to fortune" than David Cameron's pledge before that 2010 General Election on "secret corporate lobbying", which he described as the "next big scandal waiting to happen".
Why does Chris Grayling not want the readers of The Herald to know which companies and organisations are participating in the Coalition Government's Mandatory Work Activity scheme and other work experience programmes?
I read with interest extravagant claims by VisitScotland chairman, Mike Cantlay, that the whole of Scotland is going to magically benefit from another wave of Braveheart enthusiasm (Home of the Brave, News, March 18).
Your article on Tax Incremental Financing omitted to refer to the advantages of TIF (Built on Sand?, Business, March 18).
They say a week is a long time in politics but how would they describe a year?
Today we publish on our website, heraldscotland.com, the controversial report by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) which casts doubt on both the fairness of the trial of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi and the guilty verdict it passed.
THE weather was warm and generous to the Scottish Conservatives yesterday as they soaked up the sun at the close of their conference in Troon.
Too many people in Britain are drinking in the last chance saloon.
Anyone with any lingering suspicion that the idea of an inbuilt Conservative majority in England following Scottish independence might hold a certain appeal for a Tory Prime Minister, would have been sharply disabused of it yesterday.
LAST year George Osborne promised a "Budget for growth".
SCOTTISH Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon appears to want to have her cake and eat it over the controversial issue of NHS pension reform.
WHATEVER happened to "Budget purdah"?
UNIONS were left smarting yesterday after losing their battle in the Court of Appeal against the Coalition Government's change to the way the pensions of public sector workers are calculated.
IT would be churlish not to welcome the news that the Scottish Government is awarding secondary schools an additional £3.5m to help teachers prepare for the controversial new National exams due for introduction next year.
FOR nurses to say that older people are not safe in hospital is an indictment not just of the National Health Service but also of society's attitude to the elderly.
THE continuing effect of the banking crisis and the financial downturn dealt a further blow yesterday to Scotland's reputation for financial services.
IT was inevitable in the febrile atmosphere surrounding the referendum on independence that the idea of teaching Scottish studies in secondary schools would be controversial, but if ever there was a time for this proposal, this is it.
IN principle, it is right that Network Rail should have to pay compensation for train delays it has caused.
IN the arithmetic of warfare, 10 years (and counting) is far too long for a conflict to last.
The arrest yesterday of Libya's former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi could at last shed some much-needed light on the Lockerbie atrocity.
When is public property not public property?
It is only a year since Chancellor George Osborne endured brickbats from oil companies for imposing an unexpected one-off £2 billion tax on North Sea oil company profits to offset a cut in fuel duty.
Young people who have sent off scores of job applications and CVs with no result could be forgiven for dismissing the National Convention on Youth Employment held in Dundee yesterday as yet another talking shop.
Only five of the 34 judges who sit in Scotland's High Court and Court of Session are women.
The award to Perth of city status is a welcome restoration of its proper place and, for a place with centuries-old royal connections, highly appropriate as a celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
With the resignation of Shaukat Butt from the ruling Labour group on Glasgow City Council, Scotland's largest local authority technically becomes a minority Labour administration.
The 2006 ban on smoking in public places in Scotland is regarded as a major public health triumph of the Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition then in power at Holyrood.
Hindsight provides new perspective but can be deeply agonising.
Today The Herald exclusively publishes details of the report of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) showing why the conviction of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi for the Lockerbie bombing was referred for a second appeal.