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Vivian Linacre
We're all the losers in these party games

We're all the losers in these party games

THE UK POLITICAL CLASSES made massive gains in power and public money by imposing extra layers of government upon the British electorate in Brussels and at Holyrood.  They both had indeed been created primarily for ...

James Corbett
Notes from the Campaign Trail 2: Deliveries, Dogs and Debates

Notes from the Campaign Trail 2: Deliveries, Dogs and Debates

IT'S BEEN a busy time on the campaign trail in Central Ayrshire. Shortly after my last article, I went along to the Scottish Conservatives' manifesto launch at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. I still contend ...

James Corbett
Notes from the campaign trail

Notes from the campaign trail

AFTER A WEEK on the campaign trail in my home constituency of Central Ayrshire with Scottish Conservative candidate Marc Hope; delivering countless leaflets, encountering many yapping dogs and a few yapping nationalists I offer a ...

Elizabeth Smith
The SNP state intrudes further into family life

The SNP state intrudes further into family life

THIS WEEk, there has, not surprisingly, been only one issue on the political agenda. With the wall to wall coverage on the General Election campaign, readers could be forgiven for missing “other news”.

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Eben Wilson
We need an OBR to see what politicians are really spending

We need an OBR to see what politicians are really spending

WHEN John Swinney offered Scotland his latest budget, we at TaxpayerScotland were slightly baffled to see the line item entry for its Fiscal Commission set at zero. 

That no funding had been ...

Murdo Fraser
No points for SNP after latest GERS result

No points for SNP after latest GERS result

THE ANNUAL publication of the GERS figures (Government Expenditure & Revenue in Scotland – nothing to do with Dave King) was a source of regular excitement in the years preceding last September’s independence referendum. As ...

James Corbett
Irritation & mild dissent at the EICC (or, Notes From A Twee Townie)

Irritation & mild dissent at the EICC (or, Notes From A Twee Townie)

Due to circumstances entirely within my control, I’ve decided I’d rather not write about attending the Scottish Conservative conference last week. Instead I’ve turned the job over to my (never previously mentioned) associate Fitzroy Prince, ...

James Corbett
Election polls? What about the missing factors?

Election polls? What about the missing factors?

IF LORD ASHCROFT, YouGov and other polling companies are to be believed then maybe all the other Scottish political parties should just give up now. We’ve now had a series of polls suggesting the SNP ...

James Corbett
Oil crisis? What oil crisis?

Oil crisis? What oil crisis?

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY was one of my favourite subjects at school. Part of that was probably the conversations my friend and I had with the teacher about how to make napalm (The wonders of private education), ...

Jonathan Stanley
Offshore our industry, not our jobs, to rebuild our economy

Offshore our industry, not our jobs, to rebuild our economy

IN THE HEADY, ecosocialist mix of British politics today all the talk is still about greening the economy, creating jobs and, increasingly, promoting offshore wind as the way forward.  Nuclear is nasty, coal is nasty ...

Simon Hills
Ched Evans and the hypocrisy of our intelligentsia

Ched Evans and the hypocrisy of our intelligentsia

THE PRINCIPAL comments against Ched Evans, the former Sheffield United footballer who’s been released on licence after serving two and half years after being convicted of rape, are that he should never kick another football ...

James Corbett
The JC Awards

The JC Awards

WITH 2014 over and 2015 well under way it’s that time when awards can be dished out  before the Oscars dominates the scene. So welcome to the JC Awards for 2014. All the awards were ...