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Murdo Fraser
Whistle is blown on SNP's hated football Act

Whistle is blown on SNP's hated football Act

OF ALL the legislation put through by the SNP government over the past nine years, none has been as hated as the Offensive Behaviour at Football (OBAF) Act. Introduced to try and address the problem ...

Eben Wilson
Wallooning does not improve our lives

Wallooning does not improve our lives

NOW THAT the Canadian EU trade deal, CETA, has eventually gone through, there are important lessons for Scotland and the UK. The theatre of the on again, off again, on again, CETA negotiations tells us ...

Murdo Fraser
Here we go again

Here we go again

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 ...

Jonathan Stanley
Is Scotland too late for EFTA membership?

Is Scotland too late for EFTA membership?

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 ...

Ian Duncan MEP
The EU role in the North Sea must diminish so Scotland’s can grow

The EU role in the North Sea must diminish so Scotland’s can grow

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 ...

Effie Deans
Xenophobia is Sturgeon’s credo

Xenophobia is Sturgeon’s credo

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 ...

Jonathan Stanley
Honestly, it’s over for Sturgeon, the question is just when

Honestly, it’s over for Sturgeon, the question is just when

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 ...

Murdo Fraser
 The Nat Tax lurches closer

The Nat Tax lurches closer

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 ...

Murdo Fraser
Talking Scotland Down

Talking Scotland Down

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, ...

Jonathan Stanley
SNP scaremongering on NHS sinks to a new low

SNP scaremongering on NHS sinks to a new low

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 ...

Murdo Fraser
Derek MacKay, Kezia Dugdale and me in a sequinned dress

Derek MacKay, Kezia Dugdale and me in a sequinned dress

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 ...

Murdo Fraser
How the Sturgeon slowdown could mean more cuts for Scotland

How the Sturgeon slowdown could mean more cuts for Scotland

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 ...