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ScotFree rather than ScotRail?

by Jonathan Stanley
THOUGH IT MAY seem to go against the concepts of individualism and low tax, free regional rail is something that should be considered.  We spend a fortune, subsidising housing in city centres, on unemployment benefits and maintaining ...

Article from Monday 24, August, 2015
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Prestwick is worth supporting

by James Corbett
IT IS A testament to the high standard of journalism in Scotland’s newspapers that I rarely find myself reading an opinion piece that can reasonably be described as bad. (I’m excluding the National since it’s really more of a pamphlet than a ...

Article from Friday 31, July, 2015
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George Osborne – closet socialist?

by Hugh Andrew
THE GREATEST surprise of our most recent budget (a budget which managed the signal attainment of making an already byzantine tax system even more complex) was the announcement of the Conservative Party’s conversion to the Living Wage and ambition that ...

Article from Wednesday 15, July, 2015
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Osborne’s budget causes problems for SNP and Labour

by Murdo Fraser
THE TERM “triangulation” first came into politics in the mid-1990s, the brainchild of Dick Morris, Bill Clinton’s Chief Political Advisor. Essentially it involves a politician adopting for himself some of the ideas of his political opponents, the logic being that ...

Article from Saturday 11, July, 2015
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Obama's legacy offers a Middle East tinderbox

by Struan Stevenson
WITH THE DEADLINE for signing a nuclear deal with Iran looming this week, there is increasing frustration that President Obama seems to be committing to too many concessions and weakening the West’s approach to the Iranian regime. Obama has conceded ...

Article from Tuesday 30, June, 2015
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How the wind subsidy train was blown away

by Murdo Fraser
THERE WAS jubilation in rural Scotland last week with the announcement from the Conservative Government that subsidies for new onshore wind projects were to be scrapped, more or less with immediate effect. Communities across Scotland, who for years had felt ...

Article from Saturday 27, June, 2015
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Restoring “Project Britain”: the federal option`

by Marcus Buist
DEVOLUTION means detachment. Already Scotland talks to itself as if it were a separate country; well it might, for devolution has diminished its influence and importance to the rest of the country.  The Cassandras of the pre-devolution period: ...

Article from Friday 26, June, 2015
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Kezia Dugdale has let the cat out of the bag

by Elizabeth Smith
Whilst making the case to strip all independent schools of their charitable status Kezia Dugdale said that she did not blame any parent for wanting to send their children to independent schools. To quote her directly; “I don’t criticise any ...

Article from Monday 22, June, 2015
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SNP fail on climate change – again!

by Murdo Fraser
BACK IN 2008, everyone was talking about climate change. In those heady days before the banking crisis, the great recession, and austerity, we were all worried about the impact our carbon emissions were having on the planet. ...

Article from Saturday 13, June, 2015
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Of gay cakes and the antiques roadshow

by Murdo Fraser
WHAT SHOULD we make of the celebrated “gay cake” case which has gripped Northern Ireland, and those further afield, in recent weeks?  It has become a cause célèbre both for equality campaigners, and for those claiming that historic freedoms are being ...

Article from Friday 5, June, 2015
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