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Reasons to leave the single market [5]: the Dutch Auction of our taxes

Columnist BRIAN MONTEITH
WHILE MOST PEOPLE – irrespective of their political leanings – are disgusted with the low amount of taxation paid by big corporations, few pretend to understand how it happens and practically everyone feels powerless to prevent it. They dismiss it ...

Article from Monday 20, February, 2017
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Sturgeon’s bluff is called

Columnist BRIAN MONTEITH
THE PRIME MINISTER has called Nicola Sturgeon's bluff. The First Minister has been told in front of millions who watched and and the millions more who read about it after that the UK will be leaving the EU's Single Market ...

Article from Thursday 19, January, 2017
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Reasons to leave the single market [4]: The damaging and risky harmonisation of euro payments

Columnist BRIAN MONTEITH
AS AN example of how the euro drives EU policy even for Member States outside of the currency – the incoherent legislation and value destruction of the EU's harmonised payments system demonstrates the risks most people are unaware of. It is now ...

Article from Friday 13, January, 2017
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Reasons to leave the single market [3]: We need greater distance from the Euro

Columnist BRIAN MONTEITH
This year marks eighteen years into the life of the euro, all 27 EU member States other than the UK are in to, committed to join it, or pursuing policies in exact alignment with it. This results in EU policy ...

Article from Wednesday 11, January, 2017
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Reasons to leave the single market [2]: The UK’s liabilities to EU financing mechanisms

Columnist BRIAN MONTEITH
IT IS LITTLE KNOWN that the UK has liabilities of nearly EUR1.3 trillion (£1.1 trillion) by being part of the EU and its Single Market – including responsibility for the entire EU cash budget, and for the EU’s loans and ...

Article from Monday 9, January, 2017
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Reasons to leave the single market [1]: How it allows other countries to plunder the UK’s GDP and taxes

Columnist BRIAN MONTEITH
  UP TO £10 billion per annum in taxes and another £10 billion per annum in investment are disappearing out of the UK thanks to a perfectly legal abuse of the Freedom of Establishment within the EU’s ...

Article from Friday 6, January, 2017
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MacKay, Stewart and Johnstone – gone but never forgotten

Columnist BRIAN MONTEITH
IT HAS BEEN a sad and dispiriting week for those of a right of centre disposition in Scotland. As regular readers may have noticed, we have carried on ThinkScotland not one, not two, but three appreciations of ...

Article from Saturday 10, December, 2016
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Castro was a murderous gangster worthy of condemnation

Columnist BRIAN MONTEITH
FIDEL CASTRO was a murderous gangster who feigned to be a revolutionary but imprisoned his people in permanent poverty on an island of natural riches they had no access to. That he has now died at his age of ninety ...

Article from Wednesday 30, November, 2016
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World university rankings give the lie to Sir Tim’s scaremongering

Columnist BRIAN MONTEITH
THERE IS no mistaking Edinburgh is a university city. The University of Edinburgh received its charter in 1582 and opened its doors a year later – unusually at the instigation of the town council rather than the Kirk. Since then ...

Article from Friday 28, October, 2016
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The UK is our country, and all Scots should have a say before being dragged out of it.

Columnist BRIAN MONTEITH
NICOLA STURGEON wants to drag Scotland out of the UK to take us into the EU – when only two years ago in order to drag us out of the UK she was quite prepared to take Scotland out of ...

Article from Tuesday 25, October, 2016
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