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Craig Paton Does FMQs: The Westminster attack, an ageing population and child mental health makes for a sombre affair

Taking over the First Minister's Questions sketch mantle from Dan Vevers, Craig Paton offers his take on the week's events

THE spectre of the attacks on London hung over the chamber at Holyrood yesterday. First Minister’s Questions was a much lighter affair than usual – there were no attacks, no backhanded quips and no shouting. Instead, the Scottish Parliament joined together to say as one: we will not be beaten.

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Ian Merrilees: Why Jim Sillars' tongue is running ahead of his brain over independence in Europe

Prominent independence activist Jim Sillars has been vocal in his opposition to EU membership. Former law lecturer Ian Merrilees takes his views to task

I BEGIN by confessing to an act of theft. I stole most of the words in the headline from an article Jim Sillars wrote for the Daily Record in November last year. 

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