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Effie Deans
Scottish independence is a dead issue

Scottish independence is a dead issue

I WOKE UP one morning in Spain to find that Britain had voted to leave the EU. I got a shock. I was certain that Brexit would lose. I reacted to the news with some ...

Eben Wilson
Why negotiate a “deal”?

Why negotiate a “deal”?

As a liberal economist, my touchstones are always liberty, private property and free exchange. That means decisions about our path away from EU membership are about how best to release the best possible productive outcomes. ...

Keith Steele
As a remain voter, let’s get on and make Brexit work

As a remain voter, let’s get on and make Brexit work

OVER A WEEK AGO I voted to remain in the EU.

I suspect like many others my vote was not made with any great enthusiasm for the EU but in my case ...

Ivor Tiefenbrun
Don't fear change

Don't fear change

THE POINT of a referendum is to let the people decide.  So telling people how to vote is not only anti-democratic, but is generally counterproductive.  I will not do that.  Some argue that we should ...

Alex Story
In the EU referendum you play the man not the ball

In the EU referendum you play the man not the ball

WE LEARNT in the last couple of weeks that people who wish to leave the European Union are “like Trump with better hair” and “economically illiterate”. These comments were made, respectively, by William Hague, who ...

Ivor Tiefenbrun
All centralism is the enemy of freedom and prosperity

All centralism is the enemy of freedom and prosperity

“CENTRALISATION IS COMMUNISM” said Knudsen, the Dane who made General Motors successful, and then saved the Free World from servitude in WW2, by organising American industry in support of a beleaguered wartime Britain.  In serving ...

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 ...