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Should Alistair Carmichael resign? That’s beside the point.

by Lap Gong Leong
SCOTLAND EXHIBITS more Unionist-Nationalist warring as both sides fight over the old #FrenchGate memo. One side is angry over the besmirching of Alistair Carmichael and the double standards about politicians lying. While the other side is extremely hurt over how ...

Article from Sunday 24, May, 2015
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Who is responsible for business in an irresponsible society?

by Ivor Tiefenbrun
BRITAIN WAS ONCE a leading player in consumer electronics.  How could it be that the people who led British companies that once dominated world markets lost the will to compete, and that their once great companies fell by the wayside, ...

Article from Friday 8, May, 2015
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That N56 'analysis' of fiscal autonomy: 
spun for social media

by Neil Lovatt
THIS WEEK we received two publications from the SNP-leaning “think tank” N56, one on growth the other on Fiscal Autonomy.  This post concerns itself with the second of these publications rather then the former. I would say beforehand, however, that ...

Article from Wednesday 6, May, 2015
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We're all the losers in these party games

by Vivian Linacre
THE UK POLITICAL CLASSES made massive gains in power and public money by imposing extra layers of government upon the British electorate in Brussels and at Holyrood.  They both had indeed been created primarily for that very purpose:  the political ...

Article from Friday 1, May, 2015
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Notes from the Campaign Trail 2: Deliveries, Dogs and Debates

by James Corbett
IT'S BEEN a busy time on the campaign trail in Central Ayrshire. Shortly after my last article, I went along to the Scottish Conservatives' manifesto launch at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. I still contend that it’s location is more “central ...

Article from Wednesday 29, April, 2015
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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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