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Effie Deans
We need to be more positive in defending the United Kingdom

We need to be more positive in defending the United Kingdom

BEFORE FINALLY deciding to campaign for Brexit, Boris Johnson prepared two articles for his regular Daily Telegraph column. The first explained why he was choosing to vote Leave, the other why he was choosing to ...

Eben Wilson
Cry freedom and enjoy the “gig economy”

Cry freedom and enjoy the “gig economy”

THE UPSIDE DOWN political economy of socialism never ceases to amaze.

Hordes cry for “good jobs” in tandem with politicians claiming to create jobs and growth; then along come Uber, Deliveroo and ...

Murdo Fraser
Mackay’s Magic Money Tree Bears Fruit

Mackay’s Magic Money Tree Bears Fruit

IN LAST WEEK'S budget debate in the Scottish Parliament, Conservative speakers were challenged by the SNP, among them the Finance Secretary Derek Mackay, as to how we would square the circle in terms of supporting ...

Eben Wilson
It’s the golf cart, stupid

It’s the golf cart, stupid

THE LEFT always does outrage well. The waving placards, vicious tone and bereaved blurting of those who see Brexit, Trump or capitalism as reasons to grieve in a sea of their own assertive self-righteousness never ...

Murdo Fraser
SNP-Green alliance declares Scotland closed for business

SNP-Green alliance declares Scotland closed for business

IT IS NOT OFTEN that I feel nostalgic for the presence of the former First Minister Alex Salmond in the Scottish Parliament.  But that was exactly my emotion during this week’s debate on Finance Secretary ...

Jonathan Stanley
Don't cry for me Caledonia: Another hammy performance from Bute House

Don't cry for me Caledonia: Another hammy performance from Bute House

IT IS CONSIDERED cheap to make comparisons between the SNP and the Peronists in Argentina. Cheap but tasty and in the end more satisfying than we'd pretend it to be.

Social justice, ...

Jonathan Stanley
Mental health champions at Holyrood are driving Scotland mad

Mental health champions at Holyrood are driving Scotland mad

ONE OF THE MYSTERIES of politicians is how they pick winners in healthcare, almost at random. It seems to be that mental health is something we need to do more for, which means giving it ...

Murdo Fraser
Embattled Finance Secretary takes more flack

Embattled Finance Secretary takes more flack

AS THE PROCESS for scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2017/18 grinds its way through the Parliamentary process, the position of the SNP Government, and in particular that of the Finance Secretary Derek ...

Mike Nevin
A game theory guide to Theresa May's negotiation strategy

A game theory guide to Theresa May's negotiation strategy

THE PRIME MINISTER'S Brexit speech on January 17th marked the opening move in the negotiation process that will lead to the UK’s departure from European Union. The UK’s best strategy through these negotiations will depend ...

Murdo Fraser
Lucky Derek still in denial over SNP budget

Lucky Derek still in denial over SNP budget

HE MAY NOT like to admit it, but the SNP’s Derek Mackay is the luckiest Finance Minister in the history of devolution. Not only does he have an unprecedented range of choices over tax and ...

Mike Nevin
Solving the mystery of the Brexit bounce: why the UK economy has confounded its critics

Solving the mystery of the Brexit bounce: why the UK economy has confounded its critics

IN THE run-up to the EU referendum on June 23rd, you could hardly move without hearing prophecies of doom by the Great and Good from the terrible consequences should Britain vote to leave.

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Effie Deans
 Why 2016 was the turning point towards better times

Why 2016 was the turning point towards better times

CERTAIN PEOPLE I know and certain people I read have been describing the past year as something horrible. You only have to go back one hundred years to see how foolish this assessment is. Imagine ...