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Murdo Fraser
Osborne’s budget causes problems for SNP and Labour

Osborne’s budget causes problems for SNP and Labour

THE TERM “triangulation” first came into politics in the mid-1990s, the brainchild of Dick Morris, Bill Clinton’s Chief Political Advisor. Essentially it involves a politician adopting for himself some of the ideas of his political ...

Struan Stevenson
Obama's legacy offers a Middle East tinderbox

Obama's legacy offers a Middle East tinderbox

WITH THE DEADLINE for signing a nuclear deal with Iran looming this week, there is increasing frustration that President Obama seems to be committing to too many concessions and weakening the West’s approach to the ...

Murdo Fraser
How the wind subsidy train was blown away

How the wind subsidy train was blown away

THERE WAS jubilation in rural Scotland last week with the announcement from the Conservative Government that subsidies for new onshore wind projects were to be scrapped, more or less with immediate effect. Communities across Scotland, ...

Marcus Buist
Restoring “Project Britain”: the federal option`

Restoring “Project Britain”: the federal option`

DEVOLUTION means detachment. Already Scotland talks to itself as if it were a separate country; well it might, for devolution has diminished its influence and importance to the rest of the country. 

The ...

Elizabeth Smith
Kezia Dugdale has let the cat out of the bag

Kezia Dugdale has let the cat out of the bag

Whilst making the case to strip all independent schools of their charitable status Kezia Dugdale said that she did not blame any parent for wanting to send their children to independent schools. To quote her ...

Murdo Fraser
SNP fail on climate change – again!

SNP fail on climate change – again!

BACK IN 2008, everyone was talking about climate change. In those heady days before the banking crisis, the great recession, and austerity, we were all worried about the impact our carbon emissions were having on ...

Murdo Fraser
Of gay cakes and the antiques roadshow

Of gay cakes and the antiques roadshow

WHAT SHOULD we make of the celebrated “gay cake” case which has gripped Northern Ireland, and those further afield, in recent weeks?  It has become a cause célèbre both for equality campaigners, and for those claiming ...

Murdo Fraser
Why Holyrood was right to reject assisted suicide

Why Holyrood was right to reject assisted suicide

WE DEBATE many matters of great importance in the Scottish Parliament, but we very seldom have the opportunity to discuss the fundamental issues that we had to wrestle with in the debate on Wednesday afternoon ...

Elizabeth Smith
What happens in schools will be the key test of this SNP government

What happens in schools will be the key test of this SNP government

BY ANYONE’S STANDARDS, this has not been a good month for the Cabinet Secretary for Education. The publication of the recent statistics on literacy and numeracy make depressing reading, not just because of the decline ...

Murdo Fraser
It's time for Tories to love trade unions

It's time for Tories to love trade unions

THIS WEEK'S spat between the now-defenestrated Scottish Labour leader, Jim Murphy, and Len McClusky, head of the Unite union, throws into focus the relationship between political parties and trade unions.

The historic ...

Murdo Fraser
The best of times, the worst of times...

The best of times, the worst of times...

THE FORMER Scottish Secretary, Lord Forsyth, had it right with his reaction to last Thursday’s General Election result when he said “the Conservative in me was full of joy for what David Cameron had achieved, but ...

The best of times, the worst of times...

THE FORMER Scottish Secretary, Lord Forsyth, had it right with his reaction to last Thursday’s General Election result when he said “the Conservative in me was full of joy for what David Cameron had achieved, but ...