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Mark McLaughlin
Politics and Education Correspondent | | Enemy Of The [Dishonest] People | mark.mclaughlin@thetimes.co.uk | Formerly and | DMs open
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Mark McLaughlin 5h
See the has declared Scottish independence Separate from Britain. Good ol yanks, love a Declaration of Independence
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Kieran Andrews 6h
There’s some outstanding journalism in tomorrow’s with a timely investigation by and Marc Horne (plus accompanying excl by ) and a separate, in depth piece of work by .
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Mark McLaughlin 6h
Shame James Coburn is no longer around to play David Coburn The resemblance is uncanny
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Mark McLaughlin 15h
Went up at midnight. Removed reference to school being in Mhairi Black's constituency.
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Mark McLaughlin Feb 24
Replying to @HolyroodLiam
I think “explicit” is the difference between a drag queen and a pantomime dame
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Mark McLaughlin Feb 24
Replying to @incongru @bert_jansch
Love it! Off key but on message, just like Dylan, and the guitar is sublime
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Mark McLaughlin Feb 24
I’ve been playing guitar for 25 years and I’ve only just discovered Why didn’t anyone tell me? Needle Of Death, released in 1965, hasn’t lost its impact - if anything has become more poignant - in the year of record drugs deaths and the week of two drugs summits
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Freedom of the Press Feb 24
Potentially a very important tool for journalists, who often must open unknown documents from strangers.
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The Times Scotland Feb 24
President Putin regards the SNP as a threat and will oppose Scottish independence after Britain’s departure from the EU, a former government foreign policy adviser has said
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Mark McLaughlin Feb 24
Nah, it’s Gavin Newlands. It’s a fair cop!
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Mark McLaughlin Feb 24
George Adam
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Mark McLaughlin Feb 24
To be fair, it looks like the pupils wanted to speak to people from the LGBT community. Mhairi Black was more appropriate in this context.
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Mark McLaughlin Feb 24
Thanks - I'll get that updated
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Mark McLaughlin Feb 24
SNP MP accompanied a drag queen with a sexually explicit stage act called “Flow Job” to read to primary children Renfrewshire Council said the visit shouldn't have taken place Black said critics probably bought children violent video games
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Mark McLaughlin Feb 24
On the topic of trolling, shit-posting, tit-for-tat, this is my favourite readers letter ever, by the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh "I note a rather questionable article by Mark McLaughlin..."
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Mark McLaughlin Feb 24
Depends what it says. My guess is it will be full of unsatisfying half-truths and insinuations, and more 'on the one hand / on the other hand' inconclusive conclusions. If there was a smoking gun in there, someone would have blown the whistle [I hope].
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Mark McLaughlin Feb 24
Not necessarily. Sometimes it's necessary to open on a particular view as "Experts divided" is a rubbish headline. I've done other stories that open on the opposite view, that Scottish independence is a boon for Russia's efforts to destibilise the west.
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Mark McLaughlin Feb 24
Journalists don't write the headlines, incidentally
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Mark McLaughlin Feb 24
Indeed, which is why I would encourage readers to absorb both stories in full, and previous stories have done on this issue which are all on our website, rather than just skim and judge.
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Mark McLaughlin Feb 24
Maybe if you skim to paragraph three you'll see why it's not a zero-sum game for Putin:
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