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Here we go again

by Murdo Fraser
ALL THE WAY back in 2007, when Alex Salmond had just been appointed First Minister at the head of a minority SNP government with a manifesto commitment to hold an independence referendum, there were unionist politicians arguing that it was ...

Article from Friday 28, October, 2016
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Is Scotland too late for EFTA membership?

by Jonathan Stanley
HAVE YOU THOUGHT about a really good idea? A really smart one? Only to Google it and find someone's already gone and done it? So, it seems the SNP are now finally thinking about how to stay in ...

Article from Wednesday 26, October, 2016
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The EU role in the North Sea must diminish so Scotland’s can grow

by Ian Duncan MEP
WHEN THE UK and the other northern European fishing nations – Norway, Denmark (whose realm includes Greenland) and Ireland - were contemplating joining the European Economic Community back in the early 1970s, the existing members began to take an active interest in ...

Article from Friday 21, October, 2016
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Xenophobia is Sturgeon’s credo

by Effie Deans
FIGURES OF FUN keep saying funny things. It is this above all that makes them figures of fun. But what is it that makes something funny? It is, above all, contradiction. The picture of a priest caught ...

Article from Wednesday 19, October, 2016
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Honestly, it’s over for Sturgeon, the question is just when

by Jonathan Stanley
FINALLY, she will deliver us the dream. We're going to have an indyref. Another one. I'm over the moon. I've been waiting for this for, well, about two years really.  The First Minister has been busy for ...

Article from Friday 14, October, 2016
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The Nat Tax lurches closer

by Murdo Fraser
MY COLLEAGUE Graham Simpson MSP, Scottish Conservative spokesman on local government, has dubbed it the “Nat Tax”. He was of course talking about the SNP’s plans to hike the Council Tax for all those in properties banded E to H, and ...

Article from Friday 7, October, 2016
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Talking Scotland Down

by Murdo Fraser
It was a common refrain from Jack McConnell when he was Labour’s First Minister in Scotland. Whenever put in a difficult spot by Nicola Sturgeon, then leading the SNP opposition, over health statistics, education standards, or economic performance, his last ...

Article from Friday 30, September, 2016
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SNP scaremongering on NHS sinks to a new low

by Jonathan Stanley
THERE IS a great deal of nonsense being talked about the NHS and Brexit by the SNP. My following points show how alarmist they are (some might say it’s their own project fear) and are making hay without any factual ...

Article from Tuesday 27, September, 2016
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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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