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SNP asleep at the wheel over rate rises

by Murdo Fraser
NO MATTER how much a Government thinks it is in charge, it can easily be blown off track by events. An unforeseen, unpredicted crisis can blow up suddenly, requiring urgent action and response. A Government that is already toiling, ...

Article from Thursday 23, February, 2017
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Playing hardball with Mrs Angry

by Effie Deans
THERE’S A LITTLE WOMAN I know who is from the Glasgow area and she always gets her own way. If there is a committee meeting she is aggressive. She interrupts. She tries to belittle the point of view of others. ...

Article from Wednesday 22, February, 2017
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Fake News? It was invented in Scotland…

by Jonathan Stanley
WE FORGET during the halcyon days of Scotland's independence referendum, when we were offered independence and decided to give it back, that fake news was big here long before it took hold in America. Our very own oil well ...

Article from Tuesday 21, February, 2017
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EU membership: a queue or not a queue?

by Ian Duncan MEP
IT HAS BEEN SAID that a Brit will happily form an orderly queue of one. Brits have a peculiar love affair with queuing; it’s almost as if we invented it. Recently I found myself in a queue at Brussels airport. ...

Article from Friday 17, February, 2017
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We need to be more positive in defending the United Kingdom

by Effie Deans
BEFORE FINALLY deciding to campaign for Brexit, Boris Johnson prepared two articles for his regular Daily Telegraph column. The first explained why he was choosing to vote Leave, the other why he was choosing to vote for Remain. ...

Article from Thursday 16, February, 2017
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Cry freedom and enjoy the “gig economy”

by Eben Wilson
THE UPSIDE DOWN political economy of socialism never ceases to amaze. Hordes cry for “good jobs” in tandem with politicians claiming to create jobs and growth; then along come Uber, Deliveroo and Pimlico Plumbers and the same ...

Article from Tuesday 14, February, 2017
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Mackay’s Magic Money Tree Bears Fruit

by Murdo Fraser
IN LAST WEEK'S budget debate in the Scottish Parliament, Conservative speakers were challenged by the SNP, among them the Finance Secretary Derek Mackay, as to how we would square the circle in terms of supporting public expenditure whilst simultaneously arguing ...

Article from Friday 10, February, 2017
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It’s the golf cart, stupid

by Eben Wilson
THE LEFT always does outrage well. The waving placards, vicious tone and bereaved blurting of those who see Brexit, Trump or capitalism as reasons to grieve in a sea of their own assertive self-righteousness never ceases. Should ...

Article from Monday 6, February, 2017
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SNP-Green alliance declares Scotland closed for business

by Murdo Fraser
IT IS NOT OFTEN that I feel nostalgic for the presence of the former First Minister Alex Salmond in the Scottish Parliament.  But that was exactly my emotion during this week’s debate on Finance Secretary Derek MacKay’s draft Budget. ...

Article from Friday 3, February, 2017
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Don't cry for me Caledonia: Another hammy performance from Bute House

by Jonathan Stanley
IT IS CONSIDERED cheap to make comparisons between the SNP and the Peronists in Argentina. Cheap but tasty and in the end more satisfying than we'd pretend it to be. Social justice, isolationism, national sovereignty, big tent ...

Article from Tuesday 31, January, 2017
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