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Miles Saltiel
Book Review: Fire and Fury reveals how three tribes go to war

Book Review: Fire and Fury reveals how three tribes go to war

MICHAEL WOLFF’S Fire and Fury supercharges conventional views of the forty-fifth President with excited goss from a fractured White House. Wolff’s sourcing is broad, but close reading reveals its imperfections – the closer you get to ...

Eben Wilson
Free lunch politics means taxes versus freedom

Free lunch politics means taxes versus freedom

IMAGINE YOU RUN a company and are planning your forward budget. Unlike a government, revenues are not guaranteed, so what you decide is important not just for your success but for your very survival. Being ...

Murdo Fraser
MacKay’s smoke and mirrors budget masks SNP economic failure

MacKay’s smoke and mirrors budget masks SNP economic failure

IT WAS ALMOST as if Derek MacKay had been taking lessons from George Osborne.  The former Conservative Chancellor had a particular approach to Budget statements – a summary of economic data, a plethora of spending ...

Murdo Fraser
Time to clamp down on parking cowboys

Time to clamp down on parking cowboys

I AM SURE that there are few of us who have not had the experience of being hit with a parking ticket. Usually, we accept that it is our own fault. We overstayed our welcome ...

Liam Kerr
The Justice Secretary may duck and dive but the buck stops with him

The Justice Secretary may duck and dive but the buck stops with him

LAST WEEK’S NEWS was dominated by allegations that have been made against senior Police Scotland officers, leading to a number of suspensions. I was asked by various outlets to comment on this but declined to ...

Colin McFarlane
The Lobbying Act – a threat to democracy or win for openness and transparency?

The Lobbying Act – a threat to democracy or win for openness and transparency?

THE LOBBYING ACT – three words guaranteed to raise anxiety levels among the myriad organisations that regularly engage with the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government.

This Act, which largely slipped through ...

Alastair Stewart
The Scottish Parliament’s time limits should be reformed

The Scottish Parliament’s time limits should be reformed

ON DECEMBER 17, 2014, the former Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance, stood up in the Scottish Parliament to make an official statement on historic child abuse. The then Presiding Officer, Tricia ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

William Ross
Lessons from Varoufakis should not be ignored

Lessons from Varoufakis should not be ignored

A MONTH OR TWO AGO, I noticed that a pro-Remain correspondent to The National, Hugh Mclean, had claimed that the EU Commission was "the civil service of the EU". Describing the EU Commission as a humble ...