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Oil and gas workers don't need Green death notices

by Murdo Fraser
YOU DON'T need too long a memory in politics to remember the Green Party and its fellow travellers banging on about the concept of “Peak Oil”. Peak Oil is the point in time when the maximum rate ...

Article from Sunday 24, January, 2016
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Obituary: Sir Albert McQuarrie

by Ian Duncan MEP
BACK IN 2014, during the European elections I found myself in Peterhead. It was March, and a light wind was howling off the sea. As I approached the pier-head, Sir Albert McQuarrie was waiting to greet me. He was 96. ...

Article from Sunday 17, January, 2016
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Will I predict 2016 better than 2015?

by Murdo Fraser
AT THE START of last year I made a number of predictions about what the coming year would hold. Before embarking upon my predictions for 2016, I thought it was only fair to revisit what I said this time twelve ...

Article from Tuesday 12, January, 2016
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How we can build a Project Peace

by Robert Durward
THE WESTERN WORLD claims to be civilised but is it?  All of the great civilisations of the past imparted their knowledge and moral values on others less-advanced but we have become racked by self-doubt. If we fail to defend the ...

Article from Monday 21, December, 2015
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Faced with the chance of ending ‘Tory austerity’, Swinney bottles it

by Murdo Fraser
THE SNP’s Finance Secretary, John Swinney, delivered on Wednesday a historic budget for the Scottish Government. For the first time since devolution, he was not simply concerned with the distribution of the resources available to him. For the first time, ...

Article from Friday 18, December, 2015
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The cracking story of the Forth Road Bridge

by Murdo Fraser
IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING that last week’s closure of the Forth Road Bridge to all traffic is having a catastrophic effect on residents of Fife and the East of Scotland. Commuters trying to get across the Forth on a daily ...

Article from Saturday 12, December, 2015
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Oil and gas need support, not divestment

by Murdo Fraser
THE DECLINE in our oil and gas production in the North Sea has rarely been out of the political spotlight in recent weeks. In the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement last week, he referenced the OBR predictions on petroleum tax revenues, which are a ...

Article from Saturday 5, December, 2015
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Brussels and Molenbeek: why they need to change

by Ian Duncan MEP
I FIRST MOVED to Brussels in 2005. The Scottish Parliament needed a man in Brussels and I was to be that man. It was a new venture for the Parliament, and arrangements were a little sketchy. An office had been ...

Article from Friday 4, December, 2015
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Trade associations can be dangerous

by Robert Durward
EMPLOYERS have trade associations just as employees have trade unions.  Employer associations lobby the government and interact with the civil service to keep legislation as business friendly as possible.  They issue frequent press releases, either offering a mild critique of ...

Article from Tuesday 24, November, 2015
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Is it all over for Independence?

by Murdo Fraser
ALEX BELL has always been one of Scotland’s more thoughtful Nationalists.  A former advisor to the ex-First Minister Alex Salmond, Bell has always been capable of providing some independent analysis of both the SNP and a case for a separate ...

Article from Wednesday 18, November, 2015
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