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Eben Wilson
Pragmatism versus Principle – the role of the economist in the EU debate

Pragmatism versus Principle – the role of the economist in the EU debate

AT A PRIVATE dinner recently I listened to a professional academic economist offering an erudite view on the prospects for Scotland of Brexit.  Like many in academe he appeared to be a dedicated “remainer”; and ...

Ivor Tiefenbrun
Politicians should beware, actions have consequences

Politicians should beware, actions have consequences

WHEN PEOPLE disagree, it is tempting to assume that a compromise means both parties conceding ground to meet in the middle, but that is not always possible.

Few doubted that a majority for ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
Put the family before the state for a real Conservative healthcare policy

Put the family before the state for a real Conservative healthcare policy

I WAS interested to read the latest press release on improving health from the Scottish Conservatives who have, it seems, not one but three spokesmen on health.

http://www.scottishconservatives.com/wordpress/wp-/uploads/2017/01/Scottish-Conservative-Healthy-Lifestyle-Strategy.pdf

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Jonathan Stanley
 Stage Formula 1 in Scotland and show we are still in Europe

Stage Formula 1 in Scotland and show we are still in Europe

BREXIT, Europe, EU, Remoanians, immigrants, Single Market… I don't think I'm the only one believing this debate is becoming somewhat stalled. An avalanche of cliches and acronyms gives that away.

Scotland has ...

Keir Bloomer
Where now for Scottish Education?

Where now for Scottish Education?

SOME PEOPLE might think ‘uncomfortable reading’ a rather understated reaction to Scotland’s performance in the 2015 Performance for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey.  The results were the poorest that Scotland has had in any international ...

Jonathan Stanley
It’s time Scotland had its own migration deal based on local needs

It’s time Scotland had its own migration deal based on local needs

BACK in the heady days of the referendum a little note was slipped into Nicola Sturgeon’s pocket and also, handily, into the national press.

Vote Leave’s Director in Scotland, Tom Harris, called ...

Murdo Fraser
Mackay’s Budget is no Laffer matter

Mackay’s Budget is no Laffer matter

ALEX SALMOND, the former SNP First Minister of Scotland, has many failings, but at least he knows something about economics. His favourite economic theory is that of the Laffer Curve, the details of which he ...

Eben Wilson
How to help enlighten Scotland’s entitled

How to help enlighten Scotland’s entitled

IN THE SPRING of 2016, TaxpayerScotland was invited to host a meeting of economists from around the world, jointly hosting a meeting in Edinburgh with the Vienna-based Austrian Economics Center.

We took ...

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 ...