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Miles Saltiel
Will British corporatism replace EU mercantilism?

Will British corporatism replace EU mercantilism?

WE ENTER the decade (no pedantry please about when decades kick in) in new political conditions: it’s not so much a Tory government with a healthy majority for the first time in 23 years and ...

Peter de Vink
The importance of a university Business Committee

The importance of a university Business Committee

YOU MAY NOT have heard of it but the University of Edinburgh’s General Council consists of graduates, academic staff and members of the supreme governing body of the university, the University Court:

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Eben Wilson
Beware the “level playing field”– it is a dangerous myth

Beware the “level playing field”– it is a dangerous myth

WE ARE GOING to hear a lot about “level playing fields” in the upcoming months of EU negotiation.  Consumers should beware; what sounds like a sentiment for fairness ends up being precisely the opposite. 

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Liam Kerr
 Changing Scotrail franchise solves nothing

Changing Scotrail franchise solves nothing

AS WE APPROACH the busy festive period, I know that the everyday frustration felt by commuters, tourists and businesses when another train is cancelled or delayed will only be exaggerated in the coming weeks. And ...

Brian Monteith
Getting Brexit done - until the next extension?

Getting Brexit done - until the next extension?

YOU CANNOT GET AWAY from the Conservative slogan: Get Brexit Done. In newspapers, on television and radio, on social media, it is everywhere. But what does ‘Get Brexit Done’ actually mean? In the famous words ...

Eben Wilson
Corbynomics takes the mickey out of rational expectations

Corbynomics takes the mickey out of rational expectations

THE OTHER DAY I got a startled look from a Lib Dem canvasser at my door when I suggested that I was not minded to vote for yet another socialist party.  Clearly, the twenty-something activist ...

Eben Wilson
There may be an election on but where have all the values gone?

There may be an election on but where have all the values gone?

A COLLEAGUE TELLS ME she is struggling with this peculiar election campaign. Too many contrary influences, confused interests and conflicting incentives, she says.  But I demur; she is a political scientist looking for evidence that might ...

Fiona Campbell
A tourist tax is too important to get wrong

A tourist tax is too important to get wrong

DESPITE OBJECTIONS from Scotland’s vital tourism industry, the Scottish Government has made it clear that it wishes for local authorities to have the power to place a levy on visitors to their areas in order ...

Miles Saltiel
Ending the uncertainty will deliver the winner

Ending the uncertainty will deliver the winner

THE COUNTRY has endured forty-one months of uncertainty, propelled by the absence of losers’ consent, a weak prime minister, a rogue parliament, and a hand which the EU has played effectively or mischievously according to ...

Alan Grant
Think Movies: Zombieland: Double Tap

Think Movies: Zombieland: Double Tap

IF THERE IS ONE ILLNESS that movies suffer from more than any other at the moment, it’s that they often come down with a really bad case of ‘the sequels’. It feels as if every ...

Miles Saltiel
Brexit and the discipline of the prospectus

Brexit and the discipline of the prospectus

BORIS HAS GOT HIS ELECTION and ingenuously places his future in our hands. So what do we know, what alternatives are before us?

We may expect the parties to focus-group their lines, ...

Miles Saltiel
Floundering around on Brexit

Floundering around on Brexit

DOMINIC CUMMINGS may have a brain the size of a planet, but no-one wants their boss to cheese off his party, the Commons and the Supreme Court all in one go, then leave half the ...