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Derek MacKay, Kezia Dugdale and me in a sequinned dress

by Murdo Fraser
The Scottish Government’s Finance Secretary Derek MacKay is a likeable fellow. His meteoric rise from youthful leader of Renfrewshire Council, to MSP, to Transport Minister, and now to Cabinet Secretary for Finance, has not dented his popularity with colleagues in ...

Article from Saturday 24, September, 2016
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How the Sturgeon slowdown could mean more cuts for Scotland

by Murdo Fraser
SCOTLAND IS LUCKY to have the Fraser of Allander Institute. For 40 years it has been providing expert research on the Scottish economy, and recently has increased its scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s budget, in response to the new powers being ...

Article from Saturday 17, September, 2016
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SNP’s Programme for Government fails to show ambition

by Murdo Fraser
THIS WEEK the First Minister set out her Programme for Government, in effect setting the legislative and policy agenda for the next Parliamentary year. In her statement to Holyrood, she referred to the new political environment in ...

Article from Sunday 11, September, 2016
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Corbyn discovers the modern world. Bless!

by Jonathan Stanley
I LOVED the digital revolution speech by Corbyn. Rarely do such gems appear and with such dry wit. It could have appeared on Yes Minister or perhaps Blackadder.  At first it all seems rather comical. Your grandad ...

Article from Wednesday 31, August, 2016
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Don't oppose Sturgeon’s five tests, let's hold her to them

by Jonathan Stanley
THE FIRST MINISTER has rejected both recent referenda results on the grounds of political inconvenience. I think we should let Nicola Sturgeon run with this recent escapade for longer, as it is humiliating her more and more by the day. ...

Article from Tuesday 26, July, 2016
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You'll have had your #indyref then!

by Effie Deans
I FEEL LIKE I’ve been in one long referendum campaign for the past five years and more. I’ve written over two hundred blogs, nearly all of them about Scottish politics. It gets tiring. Now some Scottish nationalists want another referendum. ...

Article from Tuesday 19, July, 2016
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Scottish independence is a dead issue

by Effie Deans
I WOKE UP one morning in Spain to find that Britain had voted to leave the EU. I got a shock. I was certain that Brexit would lose. I reacted to the news with some pleasure, but also some nervousness. ...

Article from Wednesday 13, July, 2016
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Why negotiate a “deal”?

by Eben Wilson
As a liberal economist, my touchstones are always liberty, private property and free exchange. That means decisions about our path away from EU membership are about how best to release the best possible productive outcomes. In the 21st century that ...

Article from Friday 8, July, 2016
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As a remain voter, let’s get on and make Brexit work

by Keith Steele
OVER A WEEK AGO I voted to remain in the EU. I suspect like many others my vote was not made with any great enthusiasm for the EU but in my case I believed UK’s economic fortunes ...

Article from Monday 4, July, 2016
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Don't fear change

by Ivor Tiefenbrun
THE POINT of a referendum is to let the people decide.  So telling people how to vote is not only anti-democratic, but is generally counterproductive.  I will not do that.  Some argue that we should listen to the experts and ...

Article from Thursday 23, June, 2016
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