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Murdo Fraser
The Sturgeon slowdown could be turning into the Sturgeon slump

The Sturgeon slowdown could be turning into the Sturgeon slump

ALL THE EXCITEMENT this week surrounding the announcement of a General Election rather overshadowed proceedings at Holyrood. Nevertheless, the Scottish Conservatives used our debating time to highlight our concerns about the Scottish economy, and in particular ...

Jonathan Stanley
A snap election? Triangulation will save Brexit and strengthen the union

A snap election? Triangulation will save Brexit and strengthen the union

WELL I WASN'T EXPECTING THAT. Which is odd because every ingredient is there but I took the PM at her word that, "now is not the time." Ah well, maybe I'm confusing that with her shutting ...

Jonathan Stanley
A new rail line to England borders on the absurd

A new rail line to England borders on the absurd

I REMEMBER my first model airplane and also my last. It was the same one. The Boeing 747 didn't turn out so well, even with dad's help. It was just not in our blood to ...

Effie Deans
While Indyref2 is in the long grass we should continue pushing the positive case for the Union

While Indyref2 is in the long grass we should continue pushing the positive case for the Union

A SHORT TIME AGO it looked as if there would be an indyref2 within a year or so. I could feel the tension building within myself; I could sense it coming from others. If there ...

Liam Kerr
Without competition our ferry services will be sunk

Without competition our ferry services will be sunk

THE SNP GOVERNMENT wants to nationalise Scotland’s ferry routes. Advice received from the European Commission stated that, in certain circumstances, public ferry services, will not have to be put out to competitive tender and could automatically ...

Allan Smith
The SNP: How to lose voters and offend people

The SNP: How to lose voters and offend people

A CRITICISM many of my SNP colleagues have fired my way during this local election campaign is that in our election literature and in our message, The Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party has been, well; ...

Effie Deans
Scotland is not a colony – and the UK is not an Empire

Scotland is not a colony – and the UK is not an Empire

ALEX SALMOND wishes to inform us that “the days of the British Empire are over, and the days of British prime ministers denying self-determination to the Scottish people are over as well.” 

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Jamie Greene
Teflon coating wearing thin on non-stick Nicola

Teflon coating wearing thin on non-stick Nicola

IT WAS a bad week for the SNP last week. What should have been a period of grandstanding and tub-thumping glory, after many years of carefully steering the agenda back to the notion of independence, ...

Vivian Linacre
Bringing democracy back to local government

Bringing democracy back to local government

THERE IS a pressing need to abolish the current funding structure of local government.  In particular more democratic control is needed over the spending rather than over the raising of taxes.

The dismantling and clearing out ...

Peter de Vink
End of term report by Midlothian East Independent Councillor Peter de Vink

End of term report by Midlothian East Independent Councillor Peter de Vink

What is life like on an SNP-run council? This end of term report from retiring Councillor Peter de Vink (pictured) sheds some light on the difficulties of being an independent and putting your ...

Murdo Fraser
It’s official – Sturgeon doesn’t speak for Scotland

It’s official – Sturgeon doesn’t speak for Scotland

IT IS THE QUESTION that has haunted the Scottish Conservatives for some three decades: how to make a Conservative Prime Minister popular with the Scottish people? Ever since the days of Margaret Thatcher, who despite ...

Vivian Linacre
The Zero Option: repairing local government's afflictions

The Zero Option: repairing local government's afflictions

LOCAL GOVERNMENT in Britain, both north and south of the border, has always been afflicted by three apparently insoluble problems:  (a) to devise an efficient, equitable system of funding between the institution and the electorate, (b) ...