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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 ...

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
Everything in moderation?

Everything in moderation?

CURRENTLY, there is such a concerted campaign against taking too much salt in food that I feel positively suicidal when I sprinkle a little over my porridge every morning. This pressure to avoid salt makes ...

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 ...

Jonathan Stanley
The Chancellor should raise whisky duty, and cut it too

The Chancellor should raise whisky duty, and cut it too

I LOVED the dodgems as a boy. Driving around in circles, banging into other children and their suffering fathers. Then finally, the cars all stop and everyone returns to glum normality once the cash runs ...

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
Delicious filling for Christmas Mincemeat Pies

Delicious filling for Christmas Mincemeat Pies

Mincemeat

YOU SHOULD HAVE STARTED the Christmas Cake, done the Christmas Pudding and got the Advocaat on the way – so now you can prepare your own mincemeat filling ...

Martin Livermore
When Green ‘unstoppable momentum’ meets brick wall of reality

When Green ‘unstoppable momentum’ meets brick wall of reality

IT’S THAT TIME of year again. The latest climate change summit – COP23 – has opened in Bonn, this time with a surprisingly low profile. This annual event is  opportunity to highlight the key issues ...

Murdo Fraser
Paradise lost in tax avoidance debate

Paradise lost in tax avoidance debate

THIS WEEK'S publication of the “Paradise Papers” reignited the public debate about tax avoidance. The revelation that various wealthy individuals would use offshore accounts in order to minimise their tax liability comes as no great ...

Jonathan Stanley
Playing Poker with Bourbons

Playing Poker with Bourbons

THE PRIME MINISTER continues to play poker with herself, upping her own offer to the EU in return for absolutely nothing. The magic money tree is growing like topsy and we are now up to ...

Jackie Anderson
Rant from a Grumpy Granny

Rant from a Grumpy Granny

It’s official, I’ve turned into a grumpy old woman, a Grumpy Granny. I watch and read the news with despair and disbelief at the stupidity and lack of common sense that appears to be accepted ...

Stuart Crawford
Remembrance Sunday 2017

Remembrance Sunday 2017

NINETY-NINE YEARS and a day since the end of the Great War. For a short moment the UK pauses to remember its fallen in that conflict and the others since. It’s a permanent fixture in ...