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Notes from the campaign trail

by James Corbett
AFTER A WEEK on the campaign trail in my home constituency of Central Ayrshire with Scottish Conservative candidate Marc Hope; delivering countless leaflets, encountering many yapping dogs and a few yapping nationalists I offer a few observations of the campaign ...

Article from Thursday 9, April, 2015
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The SNP state intrudes further into family life

by Elizabeth Smith
THIS WEEk, there has, not surprisingly, been only one issue on the political agenda. With the wall to wall coverage on the General Election campaign, readers could be forgiven for missing “other news”. Not so some savvy ...

Article from Thursday 2, April, 2015
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We need an OBR to see what politicians are really spending

by Eben Wilson
WHEN John Swinney offered Scotland his latest budget, we at TaxpayerScotland were slightly baffled to see the line item entry for its Fiscal Commission set at zero.  That no funding had been allocated for the much vaunted ...

Article from Wednesday 18, March, 2015
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No points for SNP after latest GERS result

by Murdo Fraser
THE ANNUAL publication of the GERS figures (Government Expenditure & Revenue in Scotland – nothing to do with Dave King) was a source of regular excitement in the years preceding last September’s independence referendum. As the closest we have to ...

Article from Saturday 14, March, 2015
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Irritation & mild dissent at the EICC (or, Notes From A Twee Townie)

by James Corbett
Due to circumstances entirely within my control, I’ve decided I’d rather not write about attending the Scottish Conservative conference last week. Instead I’ve turned the job over to my (never previously mentioned) associate Fitzroy Prince, who insists the following timeline ...

Article from Thursday 26, February, 2015
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Election polls? What about the missing factors?

by James Corbett
IF LORD ASHCROFT, YouGov and other polling companies are to be believed then maybe all the other Scottish political parties should just give up now. We’ve now had a series of polls suggesting the SNP are set to run rampant ...

Article from Friday 6, February, 2015
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Oil crisis? What oil crisis?

by James Corbett
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY was one of my favourite subjects at school. Part of that was probably the conversations my friend and I had with the teacher about how to make napalm (The wonders of private education), but much of it came ...

Article from Tuesday 27, January, 2015
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Offshore our industry, not our jobs, to rebuild our economy

by Jonathan Stanley
IN THE HEADY, ecosocialist mix of British politics today all the talk is still about greening the economy, creating jobs and, increasingly, promoting offshore wind as the way forward.  Nuclear is nasty, coal is nasty and now even wind turbines ...

Article from Wednesday 21, January, 2015
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Ched Evans and the hypocrisy of our intelligentsia

by Simon Hills
THE PRINCIPAL comments against Ched Evans, the former Sheffield United footballer who’s been released on licence after serving two and half years after being convicted of rape, are that he should never kick another football again. That he will be ...

Article from Friday 16, January, 2015
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The JC Awards

by James Corbett
WITH 2014 over and 2015 well under way it’s that time when awards can be dished out  before the Oscars dominates the scene. So welcome to the JC Awards for 2014. All the awards were carefully chosen by a panel ...

Article from Monday 12, January, 2015
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