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How the SNP’s green policies sealed Longannet’s fate

by Murdo Fraser
THE SECOND least surprising piece of news this week broke on Tuesday, when Scottish Power announced that it was very likely that Longannet Power Station in Fife would have to close next year. The decision came following the announcement that ...

Article from Sunday 29, March, 2015
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Whatever happened to localism?

by Murdo Fraser
WHEN the SNP were first elected to power in Scotland in 2007, they talked a good game on localism.  The ring-fencing of local council budgets was substantially reduced, a move which the Scottish Conservatives warmly welcomed.  We saw the local ...

Article from Monday 16, March, 2015
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US must change policy in war against Islamic State

by Struan Stevenson
THE CIVILIZED WORLD has united in its condemnation of the barbaric beheadings of innocent Western aid workers and Egyptian Coptic Christians and the horrifying burning to death of the brave Jordanian pilot by the so-called Islamic State. Their rapid expansion from Syria across vast ...

Article from Tuesday 10, March, 2015
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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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