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Robert Kilgour
Residential care needs a Scottish Government review urgently

Residential care needs a Scottish Government review urgently

 

I AM a strong supporter of the new national living wage (NLW) that the UK government announced in 2015. The NLW will start at £7.20 an hour (outside London) in April ...

Murdo Fraser
Oil and gas workers don't need Green death notices

Oil and gas workers don't need Green death notices

YOU DON'T need too long a memory in politics to remember the Green Party and its fellow travellers banging on about the concept of “Peak Oil”.

Peak Oil is the point in ...

Ian Duncan MEP
Obituary: Sir Albert McQuarrie

Obituary: Sir Albert McQuarrie

BACK IN 2014, during the European elections I found myself in Peterhead. It was March, and a light wind was howling off the sea. As I approached the pier-head, Sir Albert McQuarrie was waiting to ...

Murdo Fraser
Will I predict 2016 better than 2015?

Will I predict 2016 better than 2015?

AT THE START of last year I made a number of predictions about what the coming year would hold. Before embarking upon my predictions for 2016, I thought it was only fair to revisit what ...

Robert Durward
How we can build a Project Peace

How we can build a Project Peace

THE WESTERN WORLD claims to be civilised but is it?  All of the great civilisations of the past imparted their knowledge and moral values on others less-advanced but we have become racked by self-doubt. If ...

Murdo Fraser
Faced with the chance of ending ‘Tory austerity’, Swinney bottles it

Faced with the chance of ending ‘Tory austerity’, Swinney bottles it

THE SNP’s Finance Secretary, John Swinney, delivered on Wednesday a historic budget for the Scottish Government. For the first time since devolution, he was not simply concerned with the distribution of the resources available to ...

Murdo Fraser
The cracking story of the Forth Road Bridge

The cracking story of the Forth Road Bridge

IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING that last week’s closure of the Forth Road Bridge to all traffic is having a catastrophic effect on residents of Fife and the East of Scotland. Commuters trying to get across ...

Murdo Fraser
Oil and gas need support, not divestment

Oil and gas need support, not divestment

THE DECLINE in our oil and gas production in the North Sea has rarely been out of the political spotlight in recent weeks. In the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement last week, he referenced the OBR predictions ...

Ian Duncan MEP
Brussels and Molenbeek: why they need to change

Brussels and Molenbeek: why they need to change

I FIRST MOVED to Brussels in 2005. The Scottish Parliament needed a man in Brussels and I was to be that man. It was a new venture for the Parliament, and arrangements were a little ...

Robert Durward
Trade associations can be dangerous

Trade associations can be dangerous

EMPLOYERS have trade associations just as employees have trade unions.  Employer associations lobby the government and interact with the civil service to keep legislation as business friendly as possible.  They issue frequent press releases, either ...

Murdo Fraser
Is it all over for Independence?

Is it all over for Independence?

ALEX BELL has always been one of Scotland’s more thoughtful Nationalists.  A former advisor to the ex-First Minister Alex Salmond, Bell has always been capable of providing some independent analysis of both the SNP and ...

Jonathan Stanley
For a Brexit model we should learn from South Korea

For a Brexit model we should learn from South Korea

A POST WAR miracle, a strong manufacturing powerhouse funded by domestic albeit very large levels of debt.  Steel, coal, heavy engineering and shipbuilding, Japan was unstoppable for a generation.  The 1980s saw Tokyo at its ...