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Allan Smith
The SNP: How to lose voters and offend people

The SNP: How to lose voters and offend people

A CRITICISM many of my SNP colleagues have fired my way during this local election campaign is that in our election literature and in our message, The Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party has been, well; ...

Effie Deans
Scotland is not a colony – and the UK is not an Empire

Scotland is not a colony – and the UK is not an Empire

ALEX SALMOND wishes to inform us that “the days of the British Empire are over, and the days of British prime ministers denying self-determination to the Scottish people are over as well.” 

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Jamie Greene
Teflon coating wearing thin on non-stick Nicola

Teflon coating wearing thin on non-stick Nicola

IT WAS a bad week for the SNP last week. What should have been a period of grandstanding and tub-thumping glory, after many years of carefully steering the agenda back to the notion of independence, ...

Vivian Linacre
Bringing democracy back to local government

Bringing democracy back to local government

THERE IS a pressing need to abolish the current funding structure of local government.  In particular more democratic control is needed over the spending rather than over the raising of taxes.

The dismantling and clearing out ...

Peter de Vink
End of term report by Midlothian East Independent Councillor Peter de Vink

End of term report by Midlothian East Independent Councillor Peter de Vink

What is life like on an SNP-run council? This end of term report from retiring Councillor Peter de Vink (pictured) sheds some light on the difficulties of being an independent and putting your ...

Murdo Fraser
It’s official – Sturgeon doesn’t speak for Scotland

It’s official – Sturgeon doesn’t speak for Scotland

IT IS THE QUESTION that has haunted the Scottish Conservatives for some three decades: how to make a Conservative Prime Minister popular with the Scottish people? Ever since the days of Margaret Thatcher, who despite ...

Vivian Linacre
The Zero Option: repairing local government's afflictions

The Zero Option: repairing local government's afflictions

LOCAL GOVERNMENT in Britain, both north and south of the border, has always been afflicted by three apparently insoluble problems:  (a) to devise an efficient, equitable system of funding between the institution and the electorate, (b) ...

Jamie Greene
Standing in solidarity with London means standing in solidarity with democracy

Standing in solidarity with London means standing in solidarity with democracy

LAST WEEK our country witnessed the horrors of terrorism as it once again reared its ugly head on the streets of London.

Reports thus far point towards a so-called Islamic State inspired ...

Eben Wilson
John Swinney must stop digging and climb out of the hole

John Swinney must stop digging and climb out of the hole

SOMETIMES, but unfortunately too rarely, the wall of dissembling bluster in public policy evaporates.  You never know quite why or when, but the general incentive that develops is that the political risk of digging an ...

Murdo Fraser
Sturgeon needs to show leadership on language

Sturgeon needs to show leadership on language

IF EVER there were an advertisement against a second independence referendum, it was this week’s Scottish Parliament debate on the subject. Running over two days, it was a dismal and depressing spectacle, with MSPs from ...

David Hoey
Brexit in Northern Ireland: time to stop talking and start doing

Brexit in Northern Ireland: time to stop talking and start doing

FOLLOWING THE DECISION of the UK last June to leave the EU, the Government of the United Kingdom has undertaken a great deal of work to prepare the country for triggering Article 50 on 29 ...

Jamie Greene
Scotland in the European Union? It's EUR problem Nicola!

Scotland in the European Union? It's EUR problem Nicola!

LAST WEEK to the surprise and despair (including many in her own party) Nicola Sturgeon finally threw down the veil and announced that she would be seeking a second referendum on Scottish independence before the ...