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Miles Saltiel
How to see through the smoke and mirrors of Brexit negotiations

How to see through the smoke and mirrors of Brexit negotiations

WHITEHALL'S ENERGY is a welcome surprise: five position papers last week, bringing the tally to eight in August including a joint note with Brussels. It is not clear if we have a full set, but we have ...

Robert Kilgour
The care home sector is close to a tipping point

The care home sector is close to a tipping point

IT IS SIMPLY not right that you can be paid more for stacking supermarket shelves than for looking after our vulnerable elderly. So I fully welcome and support the Scottish Government's introduction of the Scottish Carers ...

Brian Monteith
Global trade is a force for good

Global trade is a force for good

WITH NEWS last week that Saudi Arabia favours New York over London for the listing of oil giant Saudi Aramco, there is growing cause for concern that Britain is losing grip on post-Brexit opportunities in the ...

Jack Ponton
Why I’m still not excited about Tidal Power

Why I’m still not excited about Tidal Power

THE TIDAL POWER company Atlantis has announced that the four 1.5MW turbines they installed in the Pentland Firth have generated 1GWh of electricity. When the company started installation of the first turbine last September I ...

Jack Tagholm-Child
Brexit is a chance to rebalance our economy

Brexit is a chance to rebalance our economy

THE LEFT has long insisted that Margaret Thatcher destroyed our manufacturing base and created an economy almost wholly reliant on services, in particular the inherent vice of economic production: finance.

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Jonathan Stanley
Crown cash king again - Let's have a one thousand pound note

Crown cash king again - Let's have a one thousand pound note

PLAY IT COOL Rodney, play it cool, know what I mean? That scene where David Jason as Del Boy falls through the bar is a British classic. Comedy gold, and so very 1980s. The carnations, ...

Caroline Jones Carrick
Driverless cars and the future

Driverless cars and the future

WHEN I was a teenager, I made sure I had a driver’s license as soon as I was old enough. It gave me freedom. It got me to school easily. It got me a part-time ...

Eben Wilson
Do industrial strategies work?

Do industrial strategies work?

THE ESSENTIALLY COMMUNIST NOTION of centrally planned innovation appears to have taken firm root in our body politic.  Britain appears once again to have “an industrial strategy”.  We should all be cautious.

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Ewen Stewart
The UK paradox – never have so many worked for so little wage growth…

The UK paradox – never have so many worked for so little wage growth…

ECONOMISTS of a certain age may well remember when the Phillips Curve was all the rage. Some believed back then there was a crude trade-off between inflation and unemployment.  Indeed the current Governor of the ...

Martin Livermore
Why electrification should mean going nuclear

Why electrification should mean going nuclear

ELECTRIFICATION is the future if the world’s energy use is to be radically ‘decarbonised’ – as the IPCC says is necessary. The somewhat contentious Paris accord is the latest stab at a concerted approach to this, ...

Brian Monteith
Clearance for Super Pumas to fly announced

Clearance for Super Pumas to fly announced

THE NORTH SEA'S “workhorse” helicopter can fly again. After an accident off Norway in April last year, the Super Puma H225 and AS332 L2 helicopters were grounded by the UK and Norwegian authorities. They have now ...

Robert Kilgour
The independence bus may be parked but the engine is still running

The independence bus may be parked but the engine is still running

DESPITE AVOIDING a recession the recent warning from the Fraser of Allander Institute that Scotland faces a "lost decade" of low growth despite sends yet another signal that Scotland is trapped in a Catch-22 situation of ...