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The Shetlands Revolt, April 1st 2016

The Shetlands Revolt, April 1st 2016

Being the 1st day of April, we thought we'd bring you a little fun with this satire from a new contributor writing under our Nemesis nom de plume...

A morning dispatch by ...

Bill Jamieson
An open goal for Tom Strathclyde

An open goal for Tom Strathclyde

TO TORY GRANDEE Lord Strathclyde has fallen the task of drafting the Conservative Party proposals for additional powers under the devolution settlement.

Until last week, I was not expecting much. But two ...

Bill Jamieson
Behind the mask of

Behind the mask of "uncertainty" resides a real fear of independence

SIX MONTHS of the independence battle still to go, the artillery smoke is growing and in the hall apprehensive viewers search for the doors marked ‘Exit’. Chief among them so far is Standard Life. Now ...

Bill Jamieson
Whae's like us? Hame rule thoughts frae Cornwall

Whae's like us? Hame rule thoughts frae Cornwall

I AM SOON to return to Scotland after reaping the whirlwind of a horrendous miscalculation. Late last November I had hoped to avoid the worst of the Scottish winter by sojourning in my wife’s family ...

Bill Jamieson
Paul Krugman – bluff or bluster?

Paul Krugman – bluff or bluster?

IT IS NOT OFTEN – indeed, it would be about as frequent as a blue moon, when a Conservative chancellor could cite with favour an opinion of the American economist Paul Krugman. But with First ...

Bill Jamieson
Permanently pawsed

Permanently pawsed

I HOPE readers will forgive me for not charging forth into a hot political or economic topic today. For the past week our cat, a constant companion for more than twelve years, has been very ...

Bill Jamieson
'Money no object' – Oh, really?

'Money no object' – Oh, really?

THOUSANDS of homes flooded, large stretches of southern England under water, 1,600 troops already deployed and thousands more on stand-by as more rain is forecast. And Prime Minister David Cameron boldly declares: “Money is no ...

Bill Jamieson
The referendum: Forward, blindfolded into the voting booth

The referendum: Forward, blindfolded into the voting booth

A WARNING by Bob Dudley, boss of oil giant BP, about breaking away from the rest of the UK rightly has rightly grabbed the headlines and given lead story treatment on the BBC for most ...

Bill Jamieson
The January Blues: When HMRC is waiting for you...

The January Blues: When HMRC is waiting for you...

I HAVE NEVER understood why January 6 has been designated the most depressing day of the year. In my own experience, and almost without exception, the most miserable day is about to fall. 

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Bill Jamieson
Indyref: Hold, sell or buy?

Indyref: Hold, sell or buy?

AMONG THE myriad of questions posed by the independence referendum is the reaction of financial markets. Would a ‘Yes’ vote trigger a sell-off in gilts and equities? Would the UK currency take a hit?

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Bill Jamieson
Danny Alexander and the two missing words

Danny Alexander and the two missing words

SO THAT’S SETTLED: a worry for the markets has been removed. The UK will continue to honour Scotland’s debts “in all circumstances” (sic) even if it votes for independence. No need, then, for investors to ...

Bill Jamieson
Dispatch from Cornwall: Calm down dear, it's the weather!

Dispatch from Cornwall: Calm down dear, it's the weather!

GURGLE,GURGLE! By all accounts I should be filing this with the aid of a snorkelling equipment, breathing apparatus and flippers. 

I’ve been spending a few weeks in storm-battered south west Cornwall. ...