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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; ...

Eben Wilson
How much is the public sector worth?

How much is the public sector worth?

AS WE HAVE MOVED into a new political season, we think it worth reminding taxpayers just how much our public sector has over-traded. The snapshot of GERS gave us all another view of the last year’s ...

Jonathan Stanley
Does the SNP condone political violence?

Does the SNP condone political violence?

IT IS NOT easy to manage a large organisation, especially one with a single all encompassing mission. Assured of the nobility of its purpose, danger can come from an overly closed culture that is intolerant ...

Jonathan Stanley
Deals – or no deals – matter

Deals – or no deals – matter

ANYONE CAN SIGN ONE, but not everyone can negotiate one.

Hinkley Point C is an example. At £18 billion it is nothing short of a disaster for the UK. Far from boosting UK ...

Eben Wilson
Let free trade and capitalism lift all boats

Let free trade and capitalism lift all boats

AN ETERNAL DILEMMA of leadership is that merely pointing the way forward is not enough. A sense of vision and a clear exposition of a mission do wonders, but good leaders know that there has ...

Mike Nevin
Land Value Tax moves up the agenda

Land Value Tax moves up the agenda

THE DEVOLUTION of greater financial powers to Scotland presents both a threat and an opportunity. The threat is that growth and productivity in the Scottish economy could be adversely affected if taxes are poorly designed ...