Today’s Thinking

Brian Monteith
Reasons to leave the single market [5]: the Dutch Auction of our taxes

Reasons to leave the single market [5]: the Dutch Auction of our taxes

WHILE MOST PEOPLE – irrespective of their political leanings – are disgusted with the low amount of taxation paid by big corporations, few pretend to understand how it happens and practically everyone feels powerless to ...

Brian Monteith
Sturgeon’s bluff is called

Sturgeon’s bluff is called

THE PRIME MINISTER has called Nicola Sturgeon's bluff. The First Minister has been told in front of millions who watched and and the millions more who read about it after that the UK will be ...

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Reasons to leave the single market [4]: The damaging and risky harmonisation of euro payments

Reasons to leave the single market [4]: The damaging and risky harmonisation of euro payments

AS AN example of how the euro drives EU policy even for Member States outside of the currency – the incoherent legislation and value destruction of the EU's harmonised payments system demonstrates the risks most people are ...

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Reasons to leave the single market [3]: We need greater distance from the Euro

Reasons to leave the single market [3]: We need greater distance from the Euro

This year marks eighteen years into the life of the euro, all 27 EU member States other than the UK are in to, committed to join it, or pursuing policies in exact alignment with it. ...

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Reasons to leave the single market [2]: The UK’s liabilities to EU financing mechanisms

Reasons to leave the single market [2]: The UK’s liabilities to EU financing mechanisms

IT IS LITTLE KNOWN that the UK has liabilities of nearly EUR1.3 trillion (£1.1 trillion) by being part of the EU and its Single Market – including responsibility for the entire EU cash budget, and ...

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Reasons to leave the single market [1]: How it allows other countries to plunder the UK’s GDP and taxes

Reasons to leave the single market [1]: How it allows other countries to plunder the UK’s GDP and taxes

 

UP TO £10 billion per annum in taxes and another £10 billion per annum in investment are disappearing out of the UK thanks to a perfectly legal abuse of the Freedom ...

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MacKay, Stewart and Johnstone – gone but never forgotten

MacKay, Stewart and Johnstone – gone but never forgotten

IT HAS BEEN a sad and dispiriting week for those of a right of centre disposition in Scotland.

As regular readers may have noticed, we have carried on ThinkScotland not one, not ...

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Castro was a murderous gangster worthy of condemnation

Castro was a murderous gangster worthy of condemnation

FIDEL CASTRO was a murderous gangster who feigned to be a revolutionary but imprisoned his people in permanent poverty on an island of natural riches they had no access to. That he has now died ...

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World university rankings give the lie to Sir Tim’s scaremongering

World university rankings give the lie to Sir Tim’s scaremongering

THERE IS no mistaking Edinburgh is a university city. The University of Edinburgh received its charter in 1582 and opened its doors a year later – unusually at the instigation of the town council rather ...

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The UK is our country, and all Scots should have a say before being dragged out of it.

The UK is our country, and all Scots should have a say before being dragged out of it.

NICOLA STURGEON wants to drag Scotland out of the UK to take us into the EU – when only two years ago in order to drag us out of the UK she was quite prepared ...

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The War is over, the Treasury should now get back to its day job

The War is over, the Treasury should now get back to its day job

WHAT ON EARTH is going on at the Treasury? The EU referendum was held and lost nearly four months ago and yet still some of its number carry on like WWII Japanese soldiers appearing out ...

Brian Monteith
Sturgeon shows her hand, and it’s a poor one

Sturgeon shows her hand, and it’s a poor one

IT COULD NOT have been staged better. Like a general on the battlefield making the big appeal to the hearts and minds of her troops, or like a broadcast to the nation at a time ...