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Labour must choose wisely, or be damned

by Peter Duncan
IN THE political bubble, it’s a common belief that you are at a turning point. It always feels important, always feels like the next few days, weeks or months will change the whole lexicon of political life for a generation. ...

Article from Friday 31, October, 2014
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Labour still does not "get it"

by Andy Maciver
“We can win the 2016 election; of course we can. We just need to get rid of Johann.”
NOT A WORK of fiction, but the genuine views of London­-based Labour strategists after 'their' ...

Article from Tuesday 28, October, 2014
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Hague and Smith commissions cannot afford to drop the ball

by Lap Gong Leong
ON THE DAY after the referendum Andy Mciver wrote a somewhat optimistic article on what happens after. He was cautious that another referendum could happen (the ultimate nightmare for unionists) if Westminster drops the ball. It has now been a ...

Article from Friday 24, October, 2014
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An anti-SNP electoral coalition? No Thanks

by Kyle Thornton
THERE HAS been much chatter about on the idea that the pro-UK parties must team up in next year's General Election to ensure that the SNP is limited in its gains. The idea is that the pro-UK party which is ...

Article from Monday 13, October, 2014
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Bitter Together: Why our divided country needs a regional policy

by Ivor Tiefenbrun
STUDENTS OF Adam Smith and the Scottish Enlightenment will know that empathy is crucial for the wealth creation process we call free enterprise.  After the referendum, I must confess to being astonished at the passions it aroused, and the dismaying ...

Article from Saturday 11, October, 2014
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How many Nats does it take to help aspirational Scots?

by Andrew Morrison
THE ANSWER is we don't know, for they've never tried.  Not content with scrapping the Right to Buy, which limits the chances of aspirational people buying their own home, now the Nats kill it off with a ...

Article from Friday 10, October, 2014
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Federalism dominates the Birmingham fringe

by Murdo Fraser
THE MOST interesting conversations at political party conferences these days take place a long way from the stage-managed platform speeches in the main hall. They are to be found at fringe events, and perhaps more importantly in chats at the ...

Article from Saturday 4, October, 2014
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A 50:50 gender split for MSPs? Not needed and not wanted

by Elizabeth Smith
IN THE aftermath of the referendum and all the discussion about reforming the UK constitution, a suggestion has been made that there should be a 50:50 ratio of male to female MSPs. I fundamentally disagree with this proposal and I ...

Article from Tuesday 30, September, 2014
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Scottish Tories – the real winners of the referendum campaign?

by James Corbett
AS #indyref is consigned to the dustbin of history or, for some, the freezer of undying dreams, politics moves on and at a ferocious speed. In less than a week the First Minister has resigned (likely to be replaced by ...

Article from Thursday 25, September, 2014
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The speech that might change Britain

by Andy Maciver
I MUST CONFESS I wrote the piece I intended to publish today on Wednesday. I’ll save myself some work on Friday morning, I thought. I’ll be tired. As I sat in the STV studio between 5am and 7am, it all ...

Article from Friday 19, September, 2014
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