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Plus ça change (again) with the Business Pledge

Columnist BILL JAMIESON
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, well, not so new at ...

Article from Wednesday 27, May, 2015
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Posted missing in fantasy election politics – real numbers

Columnist BILL JAMIESON
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 a few hands.   ...

Article from Wednesday 1, April, 2015
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Our votes and views are not always the same as our actions

Columnist BILL JAMIESON
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 paradoxes have long confounded political ...

Article from Wednesday 11, March, 2015
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The Scottish Government's unsustainable delusion

Columnist BILL JAMIESON
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 times. Readers will certainly need ...

Article from Wednesday 4, March, 2015
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The new (and very old) Scaremongers

Columnist BILL JAMIESON
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.  This supreme issue has almost ...

Article from Thursday 19, February, 2015
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Pink Bus: Just what Jim Murphy needs!

Columnist BILL JAMIESON
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 Murphy’s expenses claims for cans of ...

Article from Thursday 12, February, 2015
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Global debt and the Catch-22

Columnist BILL JAMIESON
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 governments and central banks has ...

Article from Friday 6, February, 2015
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Columnist BILL JAMIESON
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 you will be required to ...

Article from Wednesday 21, January, 2015
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That Autumn Statement in full

Columnist BILL JAMIESON
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, honest-to-goodness official leaks. Top quality ...

Article from Wednesday 3, December, 2014
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Scotland: united against the terrible Tories...

Columnist BILL JAMIESON
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 Nicola Sturgeon. What do you ...

Article from Tuesday 18, November, 2014
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