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Jonathan Stanley
Why are we funding enemies of our country?

Why are we funding enemies of our country?

FEW PEOPLE in European politics are as absurd as Leo Vadakar. The current Taoiseach has been very busy overplaying a weak hand badly.

I can't remember any Dublin politician being ...

Alastair Stewart
Yes, real men do eat quiche!

Yes, real men do eat quiche!

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY (March 8) is a hugely important awareness campaign that drives the message that women, across the world, are often belittled and violated because of their sex. The day is both immensely crucial in recognising the accomplishments ...

Jackie Anderson
Black madness

Black madness

FIVE YEARS AGO no one predicted that Black Friday would be a bigger shopping event than our traditional Christmas shopping. Yet another American import that the retailers have embraced with gusto, generating over £7 billion for ...

Brian Monteith
Avoidance and evasion is like chalk and cheese

Avoidance and evasion is like chalk and cheese

OTHER THAN DEATH ITSELF, there are few things as nauseous as the stench of hypocrisy when politicians talk about tax evasion.

I shall choose my words carefully, for it is clear that ...

Liam Kerr
How our criminal justice system is failing victims and their families

How our criminal justice system is failing victims and their families

AS IT STANDS, those who suffer the most from crime find themselves side-lined in favour of a process that cares more about helping offenders than the rights or needs of victims.

According ...

Murdo Fraser
Parties unite against the SNP's Swim Tax

Parties unite against the SNP's Swim Tax

OPPOSITION PARTIES across the Scottish Parliament – the Greens, Labour, and Liberal Democrats – joined with the Conservatives this week to oppose proposals for a “swim tax” on leisure facilities. The debate at Holyrood, held ...

Christopher Anderson
The good shepherd

The good shepherd

MY WIFE Moira is the very proud owner of a lovely little white West Highland Terrier dog called Kirsty. When it appears to Kirsty that I am doing nothing really interesting or useful around the house ...

Martin Livermore
 Has Gove allowed the thin end of a green wedge?

Has Gove allowed the thin end of a green wedge?

FARMING often gets a bad press. In the developed world it is, for example, a protected sector enjoying relatively high levels of subsidy that, at least in the UK, goes disproportionately to larger landowners. More ...

Eben Wilson
How the SNP Government skews the tax debate

How the SNP Government skews the tax debate

A NEW PAPER from the Scottish Government is keen for us to debate the future use of our income tax powers.  Our choices in this debate are framed thus: “income tax policy should ...

Alastair Stewart
Lights, Camera, Salmond!

Lights, Camera, Salmond!

REMEMBER THAT “whom the gods would destroy they first make mad” said Prometheus, as he learned of Alex Salmond’s new RT-backed television show. 

After more than twenty years Salmond’s thespian need for attention ...

Jackie Anderson
Being creative with Christmas Mince Pies

Being creative with Christmas Mince Pies

LAST WEEK I gave you a recipe for Mincemeat so that you can make your own Christmas Mincemeat Pies or give jars of Mincemeat as a Christmas gift. This week I would ...

Bob Lyddon
 Boris was wrong – EU costs us £980M per week, not £350M

Boris was wrong – EU costs us £980M per week, not £350M

NEW RESEARCH by myself and fellow city finance expert Gordon Kerr, published by Global Britain [The Brexit Papers #8; The true cost of EU Membership], puts the weekly cost of continued EU membership close to a ...