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Struan Stevenson
Give Scottish business the tools for the job

Give Scottish business the tools for the job

MARK TWAIN famously said: “Prophesy is a good line of business but it is full of risks.” His comment will resonate with business leaders in Scotland who shudder every time they see a push for ...

Eben Wilson
Collectivist sales patter is not enough for the people of Scotland

Collectivist sales patter is not enough for the people of Scotland

FRANK ZAPPA once said, “Politics is involved with salesmanship. Government is involved with statesmanship”. Scotland, struggling with what its leadership has decided to call a government does not seem to have got this; the rhetoric ...

Miles Saltiel
Remainers suffering seven stages of grief before reality bites

Remainers suffering seven stages of grief before reality bites

I HAVE always thought that the chances of successful Article 50 negotiations were less than 50-50: a good General Election victory for Theresa May will help strengthen her hand but that outcome is by no means certain; by December ...

Vivian Linacre
Saving Perth City Hall – the twists and turns behind the council's efforts to demolish a cherished building

Saving Perth City Hall – the twists and turns behind the council's efforts to demolish a cherished building

IN MY FIRST of this two-part history of the scandalous treatment of Perth City Hall I covered the disastrous competition that wasted the years from 2004 to 2010, as well as huge expenditure by ...

Vivian Linacre
Designed to fail – the truth behind the sham competitions to redevelop Perth City Hall

Designed to fail – the truth behind the sham competitions to redevelop Perth City Hall

IN SEPTEMBER 2004, Perth and Kinross Council published a brochure, launching a public competition to propose new uses for Perth City Hall, the great ‘B’-listed building to be declared redundant and closed upon completion of ...

Eben Wilson
Socialism is Scotland's enemy – not Brexit

Socialism is Scotland's enemy – not Brexit

WHAT ARE WE to make of the reports that Scotland’s growth rate went negative at the end of last year and we could be heading for a technical recession if this is repeated into 2017?

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Miles Saltiel
Turning the table on Michel Barnier should be the UK's approach

Turning the table on Michel Barnier should be the UK's approach

AT 8.04AM ON 29 MARCH, Sir Tim Barrow’s Eurostar left St Pancras to arrive in Brussels at 11.05am local time. Later that day he delivered Theresa May’s letter, serving notice under Article 50 of the United ...

Robert Kilgour
Scottish business needs to speak out for Britain

Scottish business needs to speak out for Britain

I HAVE TODAY launched Scottish-business.uk a new website designed to give business people across all sectors and geographies within Scotland a place to register their support for us to remain as part of the ...

Miles Saltiel
Guile rather than aggression is the UK's likely posture

Guile rather than aggression is the UK's likely posture

NOW THAT Article 50 notice has been served, the two sides are shaping up. What do we learn? First, we heard of Merkel’s relief that May used language signalling that the UK will stand by ...

Eben Wilson
Where's the beef? There are no grasslands in Brussels

Where's the beef? There are no grasslands in Brussels

DONALD TUSK says that the EU negotiations must “encompass safeguards against unfair competitive advantages through, inter alia, fiscal, social and environmental dumping”.

Matthias Machnig, the German deputy economy minister warns that “a ...

Jonathan Stanley
You've been served!

You've been served!

FIRST OF ALL Happy Brexit everyone, we made it.

Leaving the EU has taken up years of hard work and time for many of us, often at great personal cost. We're finally ...

Liam Kerr
The SNP has missed the bus so let's change route

The SNP has missed the bus so let's change route

THE NUMBER of bus journeys being made is at a near-record low, having fallen dramatically under the SNP.

From a peak of 487 million in 2007 when the SNP took office, passenger ...