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James Corbett
A positive case for the Union

A positive case for the Union

WE'VE ENTERED the official campaign period for the Scottish referendum on independence. This seems like a good opportunity to draw a line under the last couple of years of what we know wasn’t officially campaigning, ...

Peter Duncan
How Strathclyde's plan could undermine Brown's consensus

How Strathclyde's plan could undermine Brown's consensus

SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT has happened in Scottish politics in the past two months - a change that will have consequences whatever the result in the referendum in just over 100 days. 

For 40 ...

Hugh Andrew
Vote YES and win a car!

Vote YES and win a car!

I ARRIVED back from my holidays to find this tempting offer on my doorstep. It certainly ups the ante from the free i-pad of a few weeks ago. And what with that and the guaranteed ...

James Corbett
Is it Cameron or Salmond who should really be feart of debate?

Is it Cameron or Salmond who should really be feart of debate?

SHOULD David Cameron debate Alex Salmond about Scottish independence? If you’d asked me a few months ago I’d have probably said “no and it doesn’t really matter anyway”. Actually, I did say that, here. I’m ...

James Corbett
Politics isn't supposed to be cuddly

Politics isn't supposed to be cuddly

WHETHER YOU'RE discussing the relative merits of a flat tax system, or if Kirk was a better captain of the Enterprise than Picard, people are going to disagree. They’re going to argue and, occasionally, they’re ...

James Corbett
Don't

Don't "do God" – do religion

I’M BEGINNING to wonder if I should take a page out of John Rentoul’s book and create my own banned list. First on the chopping block; any variation on the words “do God”. The fact ...

James Corbett
Maynard's World – a better economics book than I had at school

Maynard's World – a better economics book than I had at school

Book Review: Maynard's World by Donald Rutherford, paperback, 2014 ISBN 978-1291728040

I’LL ALWAYS remember my first economics textbook. Not because it opened my eyes to the fascinating world of economic theory but because it was ...

James Corbett
CBI takes a side – Who cares?

CBI takes a side – Who cares?

RECENTLY I’ve been having a little difficulty coming up with something to write about. I’ve had several failed attempts; including rewriting Meat Loaf’s Life is a Lemon (And I want my money back) with new referendum ...

James Corbett
Have you ever searched for 'demolition fail'?

Have you ever searched for 'demolition fail'?

IT IS NOT OFTEN that The Simpsons forms the basis of an analogy in the world of Scottish politics, but in what was a fairly eventful week, I think I’ve found one.

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Murdo Fraser
Salmond’s Stamp Tax on Scottish business

Salmond’s Stamp Tax on Scottish business

THE DESCRIPTION “written on the back of a fag packet” is one which is often bandied around in the world of politics to describe policy ideas which are floated without the detailed implications being considered ...

James Corbett
Balancing the positive and the negative

Balancing the positive and the negative

A BIT OF negativity isn’t necessarily a bad thing when you’re faced with making an important decision. It can push you to make a more conservative or pessimistic assessment of the possible outcomes and counteract ...

George Laird
Providing care for terminally ill people isn't an injustice but passing assisted suicide into Law could be

Providing care for terminally ill people isn't an injustice but passing assisted suicide into Law could be

I DON'T THINK anyone can have anything but the utmost sympathy for the plight of Andrew Morrison's family when his grandmother was struggling with effects of cancer. Events, traumatic events can certain affect a politician's ...