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Margaret Thatcher: why they should erect her statue outside Holyrood

FROM SUNDAY HERALD. She was as divisive in death as she was in life – or so everyone has been saying about the passing of Lady Thatcher. In fact, you could equally argue the reverse. The Left hasn’t been more united for years and nor has the Right, in its hatred for the street parties … Continue reading

Independence – Is that it?

As Alex Salmond’s flagship referendum bill sank beneath the waves last week, there were precious few mourners at the quayside, even amongst the SNP. There were even fewer criers of ‘betrayal’ – though the godfather of fundamentalism, the former SNP deputy leader, Jim Fairlie, remarked that: “at the mention of the word ‘independence’, a shiver ran … Continue reading

Free personal care saves money – axe top salaries instead.

         So who pays?  What gets cut? Well,  hardly a day seems to go by without a story in the press claiming that the cost of free personal care for the elderly is “out of control” and “unsustainable” .   There are repeated calls to axe near-free prescription charges; to restore the graduate … Continue reading

Turn AV day into Constitution Day.

Calamity Clegg rides again.  The Liberal Democrats have been inviting ridicule by proposing a referendum they could easily lose on a voting system they don’t actually support.  The proposed AV referendum on May 5th, the same day as the Scottish parliamentary elections,  will be held at the height of the cuts controversy, with unemployment rising … Continue reading

Turn the AV referendum into a Constitution Day

 Calamity Clegg rides again.  The Liberal Democrats have been inviting ridicule this weekend for proposing a referendum they could easily lose on a voting system they don’t actually support.  The proposed AV referendum on May 5th, the same day as the Scottish parliamentary elections,  will be held at the height of the cuts controversy, with … Continue reading

Divorce – the Belgian way

You wonder how Belgium can be bothered having a national question. Does a country this small really need a velvet divorce? You can drive across it in a couple of hours and hardly notice you’ve been there. And despite two years of constitutional upheaval, Belgium certainly doesn’t look like a failed state. Travelling between picture … Continue reading

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