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Let free trade and capitalism lift all boats

by Eben Wilson
AN ETERNAL DILEMMA of leadership is that merely pointing the way forward is not enough. A sense of vision and a clear exposition of a mission do wonders, but good leaders know that there has to be logical substance to ...

Article from Friday 22, July, 2016
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Land Value Tax moves up the agenda

by Mike Nevin
THE DEVOLUTION of greater financial powers to Scotland presents both a threat and an opportunity. The threat is that growth and productivity in the Scottish economy could be adversely affected if taxes are poorly designed or applied at higher rates ...

Article from Monday 18, July, 2016
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No growth means less equality, not more!

by Eben Wilson
THE GREEN PARTY leader, Patrick Harvie, has described as “ideological nonsense” the idea that a cut in corporation tax will increase revenues. His view is that this will only allow “tax dodgers” to profit, and “leave control in the hands ...

Article from Wednesday 13, July, 2016
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Hauding wur wheesht and keeping calm

by Eben Wilson
WE ARE in a period of high political drama; but thank goodness for the common people and their interests. And what a contrast to the flounderings of the politicians and other commentariat.  Scottish taxpayers continue get up ...

Article from Thursday 7, July, 2016
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A free market case for remaining

by Sam Bowman
AFTER EXPECTING to vote Leave for a while, and being undecided for even longer, I’ve eventually decided to vote to Remain in the EU. Here are my reasons why: Immigration. EU immigration is very good for the ...

Article from Wednesday 22, June, 2016
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Brexit won't cure the NHS, but it will deliver the tools we need

by Jonathan Stanley
THE NHS remains at the forefront of concerns for those undecided about whether we should leave the EU.  Deep down many people want to leave but are worried about the short term impacts this might have on their health service. ...

Article from Friday 20, May, 2016
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Why more tax does not mean better public services

by Eben Wilson
THE BBC AIRED a fascinating phone-in the day after John Swinney’s budget. It asked the question “Would you be happy to pay more tax?” Almost all listeners, with a weighting towards older callers to be fair, said ...

Article from Tuesday 12, January, 2016
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Kezia Dugdale should get to know her Laffer curve

by Eben Wilson
KEZIA DUGDALE has been honest enough to propose how her anti-austerity spending plans would be paid for.  That in itself is a welcome change from days before the presence of campaign groups like the TaxPayers' Alliance and TaxpayerScotland; ...

Article from Wednesday 18, November, 2015
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Scotland needs more capitalism – not less!

by Ivor Tiefenbrun
INDIGENOUS BUSINESSES in Scotland are increasingly uncertain about their future prospects.  Until recently it was unimaginable that we would question whether the three-hundred-year-old United Kingdom of Great Britain would survive.   Scotland’s contribution to this partnership has been enormous, ...

Article from Wednesday 11, November, 2015
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Scotland needs an independent nuclear power industry

by Malcolm Mackay
NUCLEAR POWER creates energy by unlocking the power of the supernova, uranium and thorium were formed in one, billions of years ago. Both are found in the granites of northern Scotland and contribute to a background level of radiation we ...

Article from Monday 9, November, 2015
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