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The Rivals - some parallels to consider

by Murdo Fraser
IN REACTION to the insensitive rule of a distant government in London imposing unwanted policies, the Scottish people rise up in a remarkable national movement demanding change. Ambitious politicians see the opportunity to benefit by putting themselves at the head ...

Article from Thursday 12, November, 2015
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The people's flag is deepest blue

by Andrew Morrison
"I'm a Tory, why aren't you?" JEREMY CORBYN is hardly going to be singing this at Labour Party Conference in 2016.  Perhaps because Labour people in the know are already numbering his days.  There will be many ...

Article from Wednesday 11, November, 2015
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San Marino. It's alright.

by Iain McGill
BEING SCOTTISH I obviously cannot get enough of freedom, so a visit to one of the worlds oldest and smallest republics was on the cards for my holidays.    With a wedding to attend in Italy I ...

Article from Friday 6, November, 2015
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Faroe Islands: A new route worth exploring

by Iain McGill
ONE OF THE newest routes in and out of Edinburgh is the Atlantic Air route to the Faroe Islands. Sounds far away, but whilst the islands are remote, the flight time is just over an hour. I can never resist ...

Article from Monday 20, July, 2015
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White knuckle rides and Blue Whales in Sri Lanka

by Iain McGill
I WAS SITTING in Koh Tao, a little diver's paradise of an island in the Gulf of Thailand, trying to find a place on an Air Aisa route that neither my friend nor I had been to before, and that ...

Article from Tuesday 23, June, 2015
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What the 'Named Person' policy really means for the teacher-parent relationship

by Stuart Waiton
A RECENT BLOG and posting on Facebook could be a sign of things to come as the ‘named person’ legislation kicks in. The blog, written by an irate mother of a 13-year-old in Aberdeen, was complaining about a ‘little chat’ ...

Article from Wednesday 27, May, 2015
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Campaigning effectively will be the key to Conservative success

by Rob Murray
SCOTLAND is going through a turbulent period just now. We have seen around 1.4 million people of an electorate of 4 million vote for a nationalist party. Whilst it is a great achievement for the SNP to have 56 MP’s ...

Article from Monday 25, May, 2015
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Where now for eurosceptics in Scotland?

by Jonathan Stanley
UKIP’s MANIFESTO LAUNCH in Scotland never really left the launchpad, largely I suspect because there was never fuel in the tank to begin with.  There really was no manifesto and I doubt there ever will be, rather like a cheque ...

Article from Saturday 9, May, 2015
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Notes from the #GE2015: part 1

by Lap Gong Leong
THIS ELECTION was and will be remembered as the most important in a generation. It will be up there with 1945 and 1979. So many problems that were boiling under the surface are now coming to light: the future of ...

Article from Friday 8, May, 2015
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New research paper: The SNP's broken promises revealed

by Murdo Fraser
A COMPONENT in the SNP’s electoral success in recent years has been the party's perceived reputation as providing competent government in Scotland, during its period of minority rule in the Scottish Parliament in 2007-2011, and as a majority government from ...

Article from Wednesday 6, May, 2015
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