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Murdo Fraser
Scotland Bill tax powers turn up the heat on SNP

Scotland Bill tax powers turn up the heat on SNP

LAST SATURDAY it was Halloween. As I took my children guising around Perth, they were terrified by the endless procession of hideous misshapen creatures from the underworld, ghastly ghouls, and the undead stalking the streets. ...

Elizabeth Smith
Some education crackers for the firework season

Some education crackers for the firework season

IN RECENT DAYS, the war between the SNP and Labour about who is the best guardian of state education has taken some interesting twists. 

Kezia Dugdale told her party conference that Labour ...

Lap Gong Leong
Interview: Case for federalism never stronger

Interview: Case for federalism never stronger

You’ve been an MSP since 2001. From your perspective, how has becoming and being an MSP today, compare with that to when you first started in 2001? 

The most significance difference is ...

Murdo Fraser
No, we’re not becoming a more unequal society

No, we’re not becoming a more unequal society

VETERANS of the independence referendum campaign will remember claims being regularly made by the ‘Yes’ camp that the UK was “the fourth most unequal society in the world”. These were quickly debunked at the time, ...

Elizabeth Smith
Our universities have a proud record when it comes to public accountability

Our universities have a proud record when it comes to public accountability

ONE OF the central principles of good governance in any sector is accountability. This is at the heart of the Nolan Principles of public life. Those in a position of power to make decisions and ...

Murdo Fraser
The sun still shines on renewable energy

The sun still shines on renewable energy

SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVES have always believed that renewable energy has a part to play as a component in Scotland’s energy mix. We don’t share the single-minded focus of the SNP on onshore wind as a technology, ...

Vivian Linacre
This unhappy breed

This unhappy breed

THE INTERVAL at any theatrical performance is usually marked by the fall of a curtain, which is raised again at the start of the next act.  Nothing of note occurs during the interval, which is ...

Murdo Fraser
Scottish Government’s programme leaves unanswered questions

Scottish Government’s programme leaves unanswered questions

THERE WAS good news this week for the Scottish economy. The Chancellor George Osborne was in town, with two significant announcements.

The first was of a significant investment of some £500 million ...

Jonathan Stanley
ScotFree rather than ScotRail?

ScotFree rather than ScotRail?

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, ...

James Corbett
Prestwick is worth supporting

Prestwick is worth supporting

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 ...

Hugh Andrew
George Osborne – closet socialist?

George Osborne – closet socialist?

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 ...

Murdo Fraser
Osborne’s budget causes problems for SNP and Labour

Osborne’s budget causes problems for SNP and Labour

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 ...