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Hugh Andrew
A Modest Proposal for economic growth – Part 1

A Modest Proposal for economic growth – Part 1

Infrastructure investment without the pain

ONE OF THE BALEFUL LEGACIES of the financial crisis of 2008 has been a toxic legacy of debt, both public and private in the UK. When the ...

Eben Wilson
How to promote abundance in Scottish fishing

How to promote abundance in Scottish fishing

IN 1783 a Mr John Knox travelled around Scotland examining the local fisheries and fishing practices. He found coastal waters literally teeming with fish, and a fair amount of local knowledge that made great profit ...

Miles Saltiel
What really happened at that Downing Street dinner?

What really happened at that Downing Street dinner?

LAST WEEK I found myself amid a company of academics, civil servants, financiers, industrialists, journalists, lawyers, ministers, parliamentarians and other political grandees, as well as think-tankers and trade negotiators. Running a rule over what was said ...

Ewen Stewart
The outlook for the UK Consumer – not that bad!

The outlook for the UK Consumer – not that bad!

NOTWITHSTANDING recent signs of slowing retail sales, the UK consumer has had a good financial crisis. While real wage growth has been consistently weak, since 2008, substantial cuts in the cost of borrowing, full employment, ...

Struan Stevenson
Give Scottish business the tools for the job

Give Scottish business the tools for the job

MARK TWAIN famously said: “Prophesy is a good line of business but it is full of risks.” His comment will resonate with business leaders in Scotland who shudder every time they see a push for ...

Eben Wilson
Collectivist sales patter is not enough for the people of Scotland

Collectivist sales patter is not enough for the people of Scotland

FRANK ZAPPA once said, “Politics is involved with salesmanship. Government is involved with statesmanship”. Scotland, struggling with what its leadership has decided to call a government does not seem to have got this; the rhetoric ...

Miles Saltiel
Remainers suffering seven stages of grief before reality bites

Remainers suffering seven stages of grief before reality bites

I HAVE always thought that the chances of successful Article 50 negotiations were less than 50-50: a good General Election victory for Theresa May will help strengthen her hand but that outcome is by no means certain; by December ...

Vivian Linacre
Saving Perth City Hall – the twists and turns behind the council's efforts to demolish a cherished building

Saving Perth City Hall – the twists and turns behind the council's efforts to demolish a cherished building

IN MY FIRST of this two-part history of the scandalous treatment of Perth City Hall I covered the disastrous competition that wasted the years from 2004 to 2010, as well as huge expenditure by ...

Vivian Linacre
Designed to fail – the truth behind the sham competitions to redevelop Perth City Hall

Designed to fail – the truth behind the sham competitions to redevelop Perth City Hall

IN SEPTEMBER 2004, Perth and Kinross Council published a brochure, launching a public competition to propose new uses for Perth City Hall, the great ‘B’-listed building to be declared redundant and closed upon completion of ...

Eben Wilson
Socialism is Scotland's enemy – not Brexit

Socialism is Scotland's enemy – not Brexit

WHAT ARE WE to make of the reports that Scotland’s growth rate went negative at the end of last year and we could be heading for a technical recession if this is repeated into 2017?

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Miles Saltiel
Turning the table on Michel Barnier should be the UK's approach

Turning the table on Michel Barnier should be the UK's approach

AT 8.04AM ON 29 MARCH, Sir Tim Barrow’s Eurostar left St Pancras to arrive in Brussels at 11.05am local time. Later that day he delivered Theresa May’s letter, serving notice under Article 50 of the United ...

Robert Kilgour
Scottish business needs to speak out for Britain

Scottish business needs to speak out for Britain

I HAVE TODAY launched Scottish-business.uk a new website designed to give business people across all sectors and geographies within Scotland a place to register their support for us to remain as part of the ...