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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 ...

Murdo Fraser
SNP’s Programme for Government fails to show ambition

SNP’s Programme for Government fails to show ambition

THIS WEEK the First Minister set out her Programme for Government, in effect setting the legislative and policy agenda for the next Parliamentary year.

In her statement to Holyrood, she referred to ...

Jonathan Stanley
Corbyn discovers the modern world. Bless!

Corbyn discovers the modern world. Bless!

I LOVED the digital revolution speech by Corbyn. Rarely do such gems appear and with such dry wit. It could have appeared on Yes Minister or perhaps Blackadder. 

At first it all ...

Jonathan Stanley
Don't oppose Sturgeon’s five tests, let's hold her to them

Don't oppose Sturgeon’s five tests, let's hold her to them

THE FIRST MINISTER has rejected both recent referenda results on the grounds of political inconvenience. I think we should let Nicola Sturgeon run with this recent escapade for longer, as it is humiliating her more ...

Effie Deans
You'll have had your #indyref then!

You'll have had your #indyref then!

I FEEL LIKE I’ve been in one long referendum campaign for the past five years and more. I’ve written over two hundred blogs, nearly all of them about Scottish politics. It gets tiring. Now some ...

Effie Deans
Scottish independence is a dead issue

Scottish independence is a dead issue

I WOKE UP one morning in Spain to find that Britain had voted to leave the EU. I got a shock. I was certain that Brexit would lose. I reacted to the news with some ...

Eben Wilson
Why negotiate a “deal”?

Why negotiate a “deal”?

As a liberal economist, my touchstones are always liberty, private property and free exchange. That means decisions about our path away from EU membership are about how best to release the best possible productive outcomes. ...

Keith Steele
As a remain voter, let’s get on and make Brexit work

As a remain voter, let’s get on and make Brexit work

OVER A WEEK AGO I voted to remain in the EU.

I suspect like many others my vote was not made with any great enthusiasm for the EU but in my case ...

Ivor Tiefenbrun
Don't fear change

Don't fear change

THE POINT of a referendum is to let the people decide.  So telling people how to vote is not only anti-democratic, but is generally counterproductive.  I will not do that.  Some argue that we should ...

Alex Story
In the EU referendum you play the man not the ball

In the EU referendum you play the man not the ball

WE LEARNT in the last couple of weeks that people who wish to leave the European Union are “like Trump with better hair” and “economically illiterate”. These comments were made, respectively, by William Hague, who ...

Ivor Tiefenbrun
All centralism is the enemy of freedom and prosperity

All centralism is the enemy of freedom and prosperity

“CENTRALISATION IS COMMUNISM” said Knudsen, the Dane who made General Motors successful, and then saved the Free World from servitude in WW2, by organising American industry in support of a beleaguered wartime Britain.  In serving ...

Robert Kilgour
Residential care needs a Scottish Government review urgently

Residential care needs a Scottish Government review urgently

 

I AM a strong supporter of the new national living wage (NLW) that the UK government announced in 2015. The NLW will start at £7.20 an hour (outside London) in April ...