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Robert Kilgour
Introducing the living wage?

Introducing the living wage? "Put your money where your mouth is"

IN PRINCIPLE, I am strongly in favour of the introduction of the 'Living Wage'; currently £7.85p an hour. I believe that paying all staff the Living Wage is an admirable goal to which all businesses ...

Jonathan Stanley
Memo from Edinburgh: Yes Scotland can teach Eurosceptics lessons

Memo from Edinburgh: Yes Scotland can teach Eurosceptics lessons

IT’S NOW OVER nine months since the Scottish referendum and Eurosceptics are in a remarkably similar position to Nicola Sturgeon’s crew were nearly two years ago.

What’s really remarkable is how little ...

Lap Gong Leong
Gun killings bring politics before grieving

Gun killings bring politics before grieving

IF THERE is one thing I hate about America, it’s the polarised state it’s been in since the Bush-Obama Era began. 

Five minutes into the Charleston tragedy, people began to talk about ...

Struan Stevenson
Putting the brakes on the EU super-tanker

Putting the brakes on the EU super-tanker

DAVID CAMERON will have to move fast if he hopes to bring forward the date for the "EU - in or out" referendum to 2016. Achieving change in the EU is like putting the brakes ...

Lap Gong Leong
Should Alistair Carmichael resign? That’s beside the point.

Should Alistair Carmichael resign? That’s beside the point.

SCOTLAND EXHIBITS more Unionist-Nationalist warring as both sides fight over the old #FrenchGate memo. One side is angry over the besmirching of Alistair Carmichael and the double standards about politicians lying. While the other side ...

Ivor Tiefenbrun
Who is responsible for business in an irresponsible society?

Who is responsible for business in an irresponsible society?

BRITAIN WAS ONCE a leading player in consumer electronics.  How could it be that the people who led British companies that once dominated world markets lost the will to compete, and that their once great ...

Neil Lovatt
That N56 'analysis' of fiscal autonomy: 
spun for social media

That N56 'analysis' of fiscal autonomy: 
spun for social media

THIS WEEK we received two publications from the SNP-leaning “think tank” N56, one on growth the other on Fiscal Autonomy

This post concerns itself with the second of these publications rather then the ...

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 ...