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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 ...

Dorothy-Grace Elder
Let them eat porridge (or boil marrowbones for soup)?

Let them eat porridge (or boil marrowbones for soup)?

ORDINARY PEOPLE, especially “the poor” are now being insulted openly in a repulsive shift away from the atavistic private mutterings of those who consider themselves “their betters” for reasons known only to themselves. 

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Elizabeth Smith
Murphy's complaints are out of date

Murphy's complaints are out of date

ONE OF the current fascinations about Scottish politics is the war between the SNP and Labour about who will become the true champion of the Left. 

Given the early signs in the ...

Elizabeth Smith
SNP land reform is ideologically driven

SNP land reform is ideologically driven

ALL GOVERNMENTS face a significant challenge when it comes to striking the right balance between the two conflicting principles of individual liberty and the authority of the state. The issue is very much at the ...

D.J. Knowles
The SNP and UKIP are more similar than you might think

The SNP and UKIP are more similar than you might think

THE SNP really, really don’t like being compared to UKIP.

Pete Wishart, one of the party’s Westminster MPs became particularly irritated when, during the most recent Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron said ...

D.J. Knowles
Time for prayer at the SNP's megachurch

Time for prayer at the SNP's megachurch

 

RECENTLY I watched the live stream of the SNP event at the Glasgow Hydro Arena assuming I would be witnessing a large and impressive political rally. What I saw was the ...