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Allan Smith
The SNP offers no hand of friendship

The SNP offers no hand of friendship

THIS WEEK saw the SNP announce its UK General Election manifesto. 

A manifesto, not for Scotland but for the “whole of the UK” if Nicola Sturgeon is to be believed.

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Hugh Andrew
How the Tories could call the SNP's bluff

How the Tories could call the SNP's bluff

​Offering politicians what they want can be a way to bring about their ruin. Could the Conservatives do just that to the SNP?

Jonathan Stanley
Transport in Edinburgh: small government is the best city deal

Transport in Edinburgh: small government is the best city deal

ANOTHER one billion pounds for Edinburgh has been mooted as part of a City Deal for Edinburgh as if the premium placed on infrastructure is its expense. By definition infrastructure is a cost and a ...

Murdo Fraser
SNP’s Full Fiscal confusion

SNP’s Full Fiscal confusion

THE LATE LAMENTED Scottish Tory leader David McLetchie used to joke that Fiscal Autonomy was a little-known Irish folk singer.  Had he been with us on Wednesday, he would have enjoyed the afternoon, as the ...

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

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

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 ...

Murdo Fraser
Whatever happened to localism?

Whatever happened to localism?

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 ...

Struan Stevenson
US must change policy in war against Islamic State

US must change policy in war against Islamic State

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 ...

Murdo Fraser
Missing – an energy strategy for Scotland

Missing – an energy strategy for Scotland

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 ...

Andy Maciver
Will Ruth's jalopy pass its MOT – or is it destined for the scrappy?

Will Ruth's jalopy pass its MOT – or is it destined for the scrappy?

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 ...

Lap Gong Leong
Why is statism on the rise?

Why is statism on the rise?

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 ...

Lap Gong Leong
Reflecting on the Union will pay dividends

Reflecting on the Union will pay dividends

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 ...

Murdo Fraser
Scots voters show little sign of abiding with Labour

Scots voters show little sign of abiding with Labour

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 ...