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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 ...

Struan Stevenson
Obama's legacy offers a Middle East tinderbox

Obama's legacy offers a Middle East tinderbox

WITH THE DEADLINE for signing a nuclear deal with Iran looming this week, there is increasing frustration that President Obama seems to be committing to too many concessions and weakening the West’s approach to the ...

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 ...