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Budget day blues for Swinney’s separatist agenda

by Murdo Fraser
BUDGET DAYS in the Scottish Parliament rarely live up to the drama and spectacle that accompanies such events at Westminster. Part of the reason for this is that the Scottish Parliament’s tax powers are limited; so the Scottish Finance Secretary ...

Article from Saturday 24, January, 2015
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The man who put a million on black

by Murdo Fraser
READERS of a certain age will recall the classic Volkswagen TV advert from 1987 which was known as “Casino”. In the early hours of the morning, a dinner-jacket clad yuppie figure, with contemporary designer stubble, emerges into the early morning ...

Article from Saturday 17, January, 2015
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SNP's one-size-fits-all fails our local communities

by Elizabeth Smith
AWAY FROM the current spotlight of the General Election campaign battles, there is something very interesting happening in Scottish politics. That is the imminent breakaway from COSLA by some local authorities (including Aberdeen City, Glasgow and South Lanarkshire) which will ...

Article from Monday 12, January, 2015
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What will 2015 hold?

by Murdo Fraser
IT IS CUSTOMARY at the start of a New Year to set out some thoughts and predictions on what is likely to come along in the twelve months ahead. Not wanting to be left out, here are a few predictions ...

Article from Saturday 10, January, 2015
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Tactical voting can defeat Salmond

by Effie Deans
I GREW UP in a little village in Banff and Buchan. The local MP lived nearby. He was a Conservative. Altogether there were 22 Conservative MPs in Scotland. There were two SNP MPs. What happened? The answer is simple, there ...

Article from Wednesday 17, December, 2014
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Class war comes to Holyrood

by Murdo Fraser
THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN some people in the SNP who have objected to the principle of private ownership of large areas of land. There are those, like the SNP Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs Committee, Rob Gibson, who ...

Article from Saturday 13, December, 2014
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Federalism goes forward at Westminster

by Murdo Fraser
DURING THE recent independence referendum campaign, the soon-to-be-departed (at least from front-line politics) former Prime Minister Gordon Brown pledged that in the event of a No vote, a package of powers would be delivered for Scotland that would amount to ...

Article from Saturday 6, December, 2014
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The cadences and rhythms of cynical politics

by Stuart Winton
IN ONE OF Lap Gong Leong’s interesting recent ThinkScotland pieces on devolution and federalism, he wrote: “The libertarian path to federalism means power should be devolved to the lowest levels. […] For too long, devolution meant power to the politicians. It ...

Article from Wednesday 3, December, 2014
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Sir Alec’s ghost can rest easy

by Murdo Fraser
THERE WAS a spectre at the feast in virtually every one of the many debates on independence I participated in, during the run up to September’s referendum. That was the ghost of the late Conservative Prime Minister, Sir Alec Douglas ...

Article from Saturday 29, November, 2014
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And now for something completely different.

by James Corbett
YOU KNOW HOW occasionally you read something and feel compelled to write something in response? Well, that’s happened to me. (Thanks Alan Bissett) The People’s Pledge On September the 19th, one day after the ...

Article from Wednesday 26, November, 2014
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