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Robert Kilgour
The Accounts Commission and Scottish Government are condoning local council waste and largesse

The Accounts Commission and Scottish Government are condoning local council waste and largesse

OVER 150 DAYS ON from revealing results of a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests aimed at obtaining a detailed breakdown of all 32 Scottish local councils’ wasteful spending on building and running their ...

Miles Saltiel
Westminster Brexit arithmetic: So now we know

Westminster Brexit arithmetic: So now we know

DOESN'T IT just get your goat? All those reminders of Lyndon Johnson’s good ol’ boy throwaway that politicians need first to know how to count. But then again, his homespun shrewdness fairly does bear down ...

John Petley
It's not just the backstop: UK Defence should not be in the Withdrawal Agreement

It's not just the backstop: UK Defence should not be in the Withdrawal Agreement

WHILE MOST DEBATE over the draft UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement has revolved around the so-called “backstop” ensuring no hard border is created in Ireland, the sections that seek to tie the UK into the EU’s military ...

Brian Monteith
Cuba must get out of Venezuela and reform before we reward it with our trade

Cuba must get out of Venezuela and reform before we reward it with our trade

IF YOU ARE a Foreign Office Minster and are praised by a Corbynista group, then surely you must know you are doing something wrong? The Cuba Solidarity Campaign is now very supportive of British foreign ...

Miles Saltiel
Brexit and Hell's special places

Brexit and Hell's special places

MY REGULAR READERS have been asking what I make of current events. Last week, the President of the European Commission, Donald Tusk, stagily expressed his own frustrations with remarks about a “special place in Hell” ...

Eben Wilson
Ending import tariffs does not require smashing plates

Ending import tariffs does not require smashing plates

AS CONSUMERS with choice, we should beware those who prophesy doom if the UK chooses a zero import tariff policy post-Brexit.  This, it is suggested, is being considered by the Department of International Trade. 

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Aaron Brown
A ban on Pulse Fishing post-Brexit must be honoured

A ban on Pulse Fishing post-Brexit must be honoured

BY ALLOWING PULSE FISHING against its own rules the EU has provided unchallengeable proof of why we need Brexit and how the Common Fisheries Policy has been an environmental, economic and social disaster.

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Stuart Crawford
An Armed Forces Federation: Representation for the UK Services

An Armed Forces Federation: Representation for the UK Services

THE QUESTION of whether the British armed forces should have some sort of statutory and official representative body, somewhat akin to the Police Federation, comes up regularly in debate on military matters. Its most recent ...

Calum Miller
Forth Ports in the dock over future investment in Edinburgh

Forth Ports in the dock over future investment in Edinburgh

ACCORDING TO Cruise Critic website, Edinburgh is the top Western European cruise ship destination of 2018. Dig a little deeper however and it’s apparent that passengers were referring to the City and not the ...

Murdo Fraser
Book Review: Is renewable energy affordable?

Book Review: Is renewable energy affordable?

THE OTHERWISE estimable Michael Gove’s infamous dismissal of the views of ‘experts’ during the Brexit referendum was indicative of a mind-set of too many in the political sphere. Thus we have a policy which is ...

Miles Saltiel
High Horses and Big Asks

High Horses and Big Asks

JUST TWICE before this week can I remember Brits breaking free of their reserve to speak to strangers about politics. The first occasion was on the bus to school at the height of the Cuban ...

Brian Monteith
Rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement means a #BetterDeal for Brexit is now available

Rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement means a #BetterDeal for Brexit is now available

LAST NIGHT senior Conservative MPs set out an alternative written ministerial statement they believe the Prime Minister should make now the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration have been rejected by the House of Commons. 

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