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Dr Sutherland MacNeill
Can we have a real Scottish Conservative approach to migration please?

Can we have a real Scottish Conservative approach to migration please?

WELL THAT DID NOT LAST VERY LONG did it? Less than a week after being elected leader Jackson Carlaw’s ruddy red face is on show with his disdain at his Conservative Government’s migration plan with his aids ...

Eben Wilson
When it comes to exports it’s the cash flow, stupid

When it comes to exports it’s the cash flow, stupid

A RECENT VISIT to South East Asia prompts in me a policy challenge. Now that Scotland is freed from the burdens of the EU’s protectionist trade stance, and ignoring SNP posturing, how do we use ...

Jonathan Stanley
National Conservatism has the progressive left in its sights

National Conservatism has the progressive left in its sights

I HAVE JUST RETURNED brimming with optimism from my first ever National Conservative conference at the Grand Plaza Hotel in Rome. As the research director of the Bow Group, one of the events main sponsors, ...

Eben Wilson
 Regulating regulation now that we have left the EU

Regulating regulation now that we have left the EU

EARLY SIGNS suggest that the EU is hoping to play hardball in negotiations over regulation; its negotiators are clearly hell-bent on restricting competition from us.  We have to hope the UK will seize the opportunity to ...

Susan Crockford
How Attenborough’s arctic claims cause eco angst and activism

How Attenborough’s arctic claims cause eco angst and activism

SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH is a highly respected and influential broadcaster. He is undoubtedly a British national treasure – but with an international following. It is therefore all the more vital that the scripts he uses ...

Miles Saltiel
Will British corporatism replace EU mercantilism?

Will British corporatism replace EU mercantilism?

WE ENTER the decade (no pedantry please about when decades kick in) in new political conditions: it’s not so much a Tory government with a healthy majority for the first time in 23 years and ...

Peter de Vink
The importance of a university Business Committee

The importance of a university Business Committee

YOU MAY NOT have heard of it but the University of Edinburgh’s General Council consists of graduates, academic staff and members of the supreme governing body of the university, the University Court:

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Eben Wilson
Beware the “level playing field”– it is a dangerous myth

Beware the “level playing field”– it is a dangerous myth

WE ARE GOING to hear a lot about “level playing fields” in the upcoming months of EU negotiation.  Consumers should beware; what sounds like a sentiment for fairness ends up being precisely the opposite. 

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Liam Kerr
 Changing Scotrail franchise solves nothing

Changing Scotrail franchise solves nothing

AS WE APPROACH the busy festive period, I know that the everyday frustration felt by commuters, tourists and businesses when another train is cancelled or delayed will only be exaggerated in the coming weeks. And ...

Brian Monteith
Getting Brexit done - until the next extension?

Getting Brexit done - until the next extension?

YOU CANNOT GET AWAY from the Conservative slogan: Get Brexit Done. In newspapers, on television and radio, on social media, it is everywhere. But what does ‘Get Brexit Done’ actually mean? In the famous words ...

Eben Wilson
Corbynomics takes the mickey out of rational expectations

Corbynomics takes the mickey out of rational expectations

THE OTHER DAY I got a startled look from a Lib Dem canvasser at my door when I suggested that I was not minded to vote for yet another socialist party.  Clearly, the twenty-something activist ...

Eben Wilson
There may be an election on but where have all the values gone?

There may be an election on but where have all the values gone?

A COLLEAGUE TELLS ME she is struggling with this peculiar election campaign. Too many contrary influences, confused interests and conflicting incentives, she says.  But I demur; she is a political scientist looking for evidence that might ...