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Murdo Fraser
How the wind subsidy train was blown away

How the wind subsidy train was blown away

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, ...

Marcus Buist
Restoring “Project Britain”: the federal option`

Restoring “Project Britain”: the federal option`

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 ...

Elizabeth Smith
Kezia Dugdale has let the cat out of the bag

Kezia Dugdale has let the cat out of the bag

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 ...

Murdo Fraser
SNP fail on climate change – again!

SNP fail on climate change – again!

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 ...

Murdo Fraser
Of gay cakes and the antiques roadshow

Of gay cakes and the antiques roadshow

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 ...

Murdo Fraser
Why Holyrood was right to reject assisted suicide

Why Holyrood was right to reject assisted suicide

WE DEBATE many matters of great importance in the Scottish Parliament, but we very seldom have the opportunity to discuss the fundamental issues that we had to wrestle with in the debate on Wednesday afternoon ...

Elizabeth Smith
What happens in schools will be the key test of this SNP government

What happens in schools will be the key test of this SNP government

BY ANYONE’S STANDARDS, this has not been a good month for the Cabinet Secretary for Education. The publication of the recent statistics on literacy and numeracy make depressing reading, not just because of the decline ...

Murdo Fraser
It's time for Tories to love trade unions

It's time for Tories to love trade unions

THIS WEEK'S spat between the now-defenestrated Scottish Labour leader, Jim Murphy, and Len McClusky, head of the Unite union, throws into focus the relationship between political parties and trade unions.

The historic ...

Murdo Fraser
The best of times, the worst of times...

The best of times, the worst of times...

THE FORMER Scottish Secretary, Lord Forsyth, had it right with his reaction to last Thursday’s General Election result when he said “the Conservative in me was full of joy for what David Cameron had achieved, but ...

The best of times, the worst of times...

THE FORMER Scottish Secretary, Lord Forsyth, had it right with his reaction to last Thursday’s General Election result when he said “the Conservative in me was full of joy for what David Cameron had achieved, but ...

Andy Maciver
Will Cameron grasp his last opportunity to save the Union?

Will Cameron grasp his last opportunity to save the Union?

AT THE RISK of revealing myself as someone who spent too much of his youth watching the West Wing, I am reminded today of a lecture given to President Bartlet by his Priest. He said:

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Ewen Stewart
Risks of The SNP Economic Strategy. Scotland at a Cross-roads

Risks of The SNP Economic Strategy. Scotland at a Cross-roads

THIS WEEK will be pivotal in Scotland’s relationship with the rest of the UK. If opinion polls prove correct and the SNP ‘sweep the board’ on Thursday Scotland risks potentially dire economic consequences.

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