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Jonathan Stanley
How we are being betrayed

How we are being betrayed

To move the following Clause—

“Parliamentary approval for the outcome of negotiations with the European Union No exit day may be appointed under this Act until the terms of the United Kingdom’s ...

Murdo Fraser
Time to clamp down on parking cowboys

Time to clamp down on parking cowboys

I AM SURE that there are few of us who have not had the experience of being hit with a parking ticket. Usually, we accept that it is our own fault. We overstayed our welcome ...

Christopher Anderson
A pain-free toothy tale

A pain-free toothy tale

RECENTLY, one rainy afternoon, the younger members of our family were having great fun in trying to decide who was who in some newly-unearthed very old family photographs. One striking feature they all remarked upon ...

Miles Saltiel
Behind the detail of Clause 49

Behind the detail of Clause 49

 I’M SORRY, but this blog is for the nerds, as it goes through Clause 49 with a fine toothcomb. Its purpose is to explore the extent to which Theresa May has yielded on “regulatory alignment”. ...

Eben Wilson
It's time to back off and demand free trade

It's time to back off and demand free trade

MRS MAY’S last minute efforts to get away from the EU imposed deadline on Stage One negotiations for Brexit may have been clever politics, but it was also unprincipled political expediency.  Everyone can see that ...

Liam Kerr
The Justice Secretary may duck and dive but the buck stops with him

The Justice Secretary may duck and dive but the buck stops with him

LAST WEEK’S NEWS was dominated by allegations that have been made against senior Police Scotland officers, leading to a number of suspensions. I was asked by various outlets to comment on this but declined to ...

Christopher Anderson
What's in a name?

What's in a name?

WHILE OUT shopping with my wife at our local supermarket the other day, I abandoned her among the baked beans and sidled quietly off to the whisky display, to find out what was on offer. I ...

Martin Livermore
 Economic development is the solution to pollution, not the cause of it

Economic development is the solution to pollution, not the cause of it

THE HUMAN CAPACITY for self-criticism is something of a double-edged sword. On one hand, we can recognise that we have caused harm and do something about it, but on the other hand this tendency can ...

Jonathan Stanley
May’s Dien Bien EU saw her fly in, shot down and bombed out

May’s Dien Bien EU saw her fly in, shot down and bombed out

THERE ARE EVENTS that are pivotal in a nation’s history. They define us for better or worse. The Suez crisis saw the end of the Empire. Yorktown saw the establishment of the United States. The ...

Colin McFarlane
The Lobbying Act – a threat to democracy or win for openness and transparency?

The Lobbying Act – a threat to democracy or win for openness and transparency?

THE LOBBYING ACT – three words guaranteed to raise anxiety levels among the myriad organisations that regularly engage with the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government.

This Act, which largely slipped through ...

Jackie Anderson
How to Marzipan your Christmas Cake

How to Marzipan your Christmas Cake

THE MARZIPAN

So, your cake has been stored and fed with brandy over the last few weeks (see my previous recipe here). Now it's time to marzipan your cake. (If you ...

Miles Saltiel
Forms of words – that’s all it really is

Forms of words – that’s all it really is

SO HERE WE ARE, with a breakthrough slightly over half way through the eight weeks which we called as the most testing period of Brexit negotiations. Can’t we agree that we’re seeing as much hyperbole ...