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Missing – an energy strategy for Scotland

by Murdo Fraser
LAST WEEK we had yet more unwelcome news about the future of the Longannet power station in Fife. As somebody who represents the area, I am well aware of the significance of the plant to the local economy, and of ...

Article from Friday 27, February, 2015
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Will Ruth's jalopy pass its MOT – or is it destined for the scrappy?

by Andy Maciver
RUTH DAVIDSON and her Scottish Conservatives are fairly chipper at the moment. This derives largely from the independence referendum, where (along with Kezia Dugdale and Jim Murphy) Ruth distinguished herself with a string of solid performances that made a stronger ...

Article from Thursday 26, February, 2015
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Why is statism on the rise?

by Lap Gong Leong
THE BIGGEST mistake for any libertarian is to think people are wilfully ignorant of the effects of an overbearing government and that they will see the light and become libertarians, conservatives, or classical liberals after some great exposition.  ...

Article from Thursday 12, February, 2015
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Reflecting on the Union will pay dividends

by Lap Gong Leong
THESE DAYS, most people would say the United States is a perpetual union. Even if it is not in the Constitution, it is widely believed my most scholars. But it wasn't always like this; independence was openly talked and toyed ...

Article from Monday 9, February, 2015
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Scots voters show little sign of abiding with Labour

by Murdo Fraser
ONE OF the joys of watching the FA Cup Final (and one of the many reasons, football quality aside, why it is a much superior experience to its Scottish counterpart) is the community singing, from fans of both teams, of ...

Article from Friday 6, February, 2015
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Fergus Ewing's potty populism on fracking

by Murdo Fraser
WEDNESDAY was another black day for science-led, evidence-based policy making in the Scottish Parliament. What we witnessed was facts being cast aside, and in their place, an outbreak of potty populism in which the only goal was to out-shout a ...

Article from Friday 30, January, 2015
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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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