Today’s Thinking

Bill Jamieson
Plus ça change (again) with the Business Pledge

Plus ça change (again) with the Business Pledge

NOT LONG after the overthrow of the Ceausescu regime in Romania, a worrying suspicion began to spread among the people. 

As they watched the new government take shape, it began to seem, ...

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Posted missing in fantasy election politics – real numbers

Posted missing in fantasy election politics – real numbers

ALMOST EVERY DAY brings fresh SNP declarations on “fighting austerity” and “resisting Tory cuts”. Pious pledges to combat income and wealth inequality then follow dodgy Scottish government statistics on how wealth is unfairly concentrated in ...

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Our votes and views are not always the same as our actions

Our votes and views are not always the same as our actions

HOW PEOPLE VOTE is not always the same as how they say they will vote. And what people really think is not always the same as what they say they think.

These ...

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The Scottish Government's unsustainable delusion

The Scottish Government's unsustainable delusion

THE MINUTE the Scottish Government’s refreshed economic strategy popped up on the screen I knew I was in trouble. 

In the opening paragraphs alone the word “sustainable” appears no less than six ...

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The new (and very old) Scaremongers

The new (and very old) Scaremongers

CENTRAL to the forthcoming general election in May will be the critical question of Britain’s relationship with the European Union and in particular the Conservatives’ commitment to renegotiation and a subsequent referendum. 

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Pink Bus: Just what Jim Murphy needs!

Pink Bus: Just what Jim Murphy needs!

WANTED: Anything, just anything, to lift Scottish Labour’s election campaign out of the poo. 

Having upset the Catholics and been hit by the self-created ‘Girder-gate’ scandal – Scottish Labour leader Jim ...

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Global debt and the Catch-22

Global debt and the Catch-22

IS THE great debt crisis slowly but steadily receding into the past? A survey from McKinsey Global Institute compels a total re-think of this comforting illusion. 

Since 2008 the rhetoric of Western ...

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NOTE THE NUMBER in this headline. It’s a personal reference number. Many have been given one. It’s to hold and keep for ever. You’ll need to write it down and put it somewhere safe because ...

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That Autumn Statement in full

That Autumn Statement in full

HOORAY, it’s here at last. The Autumn Statement. Wednesday December 3 may be the official date. But for days beforehand we’ve had nothing but leaks. And not unofficial, unauthorised, naughty disgruntled civil service leaks. Real, ...

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Scotland: united against the terrible Tories...

Scotland: united against the terrible Tories...

Good evening and welcome to another special BBC Scotland TV panel discussion: “Where To After the Referendum?” We have a full range of opinion across the political spectrum and I’ll start first with our new First Minister ...

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EU trade – what the CBI doesn't tell us.

EU trade – what the CBI doesn't tell us.

ANOTHER CBI annual conference, and another set of signals, direct and covert: ‘don’t rock the boat on the EU’; ‘Britain benefits from the EU single market’; ‘EU trade would be hit if we left the ...

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Cameron: tell the truth to the people

Cameron: tell the truth to the people

“It’s completely unacceptable… It's an appalling way to behave”. 

THUS Prime Minister David Cameron at a press conference in Brussels on October 24 when, thumping the lectern, ...