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Of gay cakes and the antiques roadshow

by Murdo Fraser
WHAT SHOULD we make of the celebrated “gay cake” case which has gripped Northern Ireland, and those further afield, in recent weeks?  It has become a cause célèbre both for equality campaigners, and for those claiming that historic freedoms are being ...

Article from Friday 5, June, 2015
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Why Holyrood was right to reject assisted suicide

by Murdo Fraser
WE DEBATE many matters of great importance in the Scottish Parliament, but we very seldom have the opportunity to discuss the fundamental issues that we had to wrestle with in the debate on Wednesday afternoon on Patrick Harvie’s Assisted Suicide ...

Article from Friday 29, May, 2015
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What happens in schools will be the key test of this SNP government

by Elizabeth Smith
BY ANYONE’S STANDARDS, this has not been a good month for the Cabinet Secretary for Education. The publication of the recent statistics on literacy and numeracy make depressing reading, not just because of the decline in the average standards between ...

Article from Monday 25, May, 2015
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It's time for Tories to love trade unions

by Murdo Fraser
THIS WEEK'S spat between the now-defenestrated Scottish Labour leader, Jim Murphy, and Len McClusky, head of the Unite union, throws into focus the relationship between political parties and trade unions. The historic tie-up between the unions and ...

Article from Friday 22, May, 2015
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The best of times, the worst of times...

by Murdo Fraser
THE FORMER Scottish Secretary, Lord Forsyth, had it right with his reaction to last Thursday’s General Election result when he said “the Conservative in me was full of joy for what David Cameron had achieved, but the Unionist is greatly dismayed”. ...

Article from Friday 15, May, 2015
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The best of times, the worst of times...

by Murdo Fraser
THE FORMER Scottish Secretary, Lord Forsyth, had it right with his reaction to last Thursday’s General Election result when he said “the Conservative in me was full of joy for what David Cameron had achieved, but the Unionist is greatly dismayed”. ...

Article from Friday 15, May, 2015
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Will Cameron grasp his last opportunity to save the Union?

by Andy Maciver
AT THE RISK of revealing myself as someone who spent too much of his youth watching the West Wing, I am reminded today of a lecture given to President Bartlet by his Priest. He said: "  You ...

Article from Friday 8, May, 2015
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Risks of The SNP Economic Strategy. Scotland at a Cross-roads

by Ewen Stewart
THIS WEEK will be pivotal in Scotland’s relationship with the rest of the UK. If opinion polls prove correct and the SNP ‘sweep the board’ on Thursday Scotland risks potentially dire economic consequences. A research paper I’ve ...

Article from Tuesday 5, May, 2015
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Scotland: a new 'anti-Hong Kong' tax zone?

by Donald Parbrook
NICOLA STURGEON and I are almost exactly the same age (even if I dress a bit younger!)  We both grew up in the west of Scotland and we both attended state schools during the 70s and 80s.  But, we have ...

Article from Thursday 30, April, 2015
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‘Floating Believers’ and the SNP

by D.J. Knowles
The Church of Scotland is experiencing rapid decline and a new faith is on the march, Yesism.

Article from Tuesday 28, April, 2015
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