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Murdo Fraser
Alex Johnstone MSP – A Tribute

Alex Johnstone MSP – A Tribute

I first came across Alex Johnstone at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool in 1997. This event was held in the wake of the Party’s crushing defeat in that year’s General Election, but one of ...

Martyn Greene
Italian revolt shows people want control of their parliaments

Italian revolt shows people want control of their parliaments

STRANGE THINGS are happening across the political spectrum but they have a common theme. The old political parties are imploding and electorates are playing a major role in their demise. From Brexit to Trump to Italy, ...

Martyn Greene
Simple but effective changes that would transform our government

Simple but effective changes that would transform our government

BRITAIN WAS ONCE the undisputed world leader in science, engineering, education, communication and the armed forces, however, we have thrown it all away. Why on earth did such an accomplished and capable nation allow this ...

Peter de Vink
I got Labour out of Midlothian but the SNP has let me down

I got Labour out of Midlothian but the SNP has let me down

IN NOVEMBER 2011 I was unwise enough to put myself forward as a Conservative Council Candidate in the May 2012 election. Early in 2012 I came out as saying that Scotland could actually become an ...

Eben Wilson
Central planning has failed – so let's stop demanding more of it

Central planning has failed – so let's stop demanding more of it

CAN TAXPAYERS be blamed from turning their backs on politics and, across the Western world, voting to crush the political and media class? 

This week’s budget (for that's what it was) could be ...

Jonathan Stanley
Tim Farron should force a by-election of his own

Tim Farron should force a by-election of his own

JUST WHEN you're starting to finally wind down from FIVE years of worrying about breaking up the country; when the SNP seem almost vanquished following two bruising referenda, Tim Farron pops up. I like Tim, ...

Ian Duncan MEP
Our duty to remember

Our duty to remember

LAST YEAR I spent Remembrance Day in the French village of Loos, a century after the bloody battle that carries its name.

On the 25 September 1915 at 06.30, British soldiers clambered ...

Keith Steele
Referenda? It's the hypocrisy that gets me!

Referenda? It's the hypocrisy that gets me!

I MOVED to Scotland in 2008, since when I’ve lived under a government whose political mantra was and still is that ‘nationality’ defines one’s route to a better life.

In late 2014 ...

Jonathan Stanley
Planes, trains and Hinkley Point...

Planes, trains and Hinkley Point...

FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS, we're encountering some turbulence.  We apologise for any delay to your flight / journey / whatever... actually we don't apologise. You are travelling British class so what did you expect?

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Ian Duncan MEP
What would Clem make of it all?

What would Clem make of it all?

ANNE GLOSSOP was a fifteen year old schoolgirl in 1951 when she wrote to Prime Minister Clement Attlee. The Government’s recent education reforms meant that Ms Glossop, who had expected to sit her final exams ...

Effie Deans
Does tuition fee discrimination amount to xenophobia?

Does tuition fee discrimination amount to xenophobia?

THERE IS AN ODD concept in Scottish politics where things that are paid for by someone else are called free. The SNP in particular has based much of its populism on providing these “freebies” to ...

Eben Wilson
 Angela Constance should respect the providers of benefits

Angela Constance should respect the providers of benefits

IT IS REPORTED that Angela Constance believes the Personal Independence Payment system – which replaces Disability Benefit – needs “radical reform”. The basis for this appears to be that two-thirds of claimants challenging awards are successful; ...