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How about a TV show called Bonus Street about the life and times of City of London crooks?

THE Channel 4 series Benefits Street is a reality TV show based on a Birmingham street where, according to the programme makers, 90% of the residents live on benefits.  It portrays them, essentially, as crooks who are manipulating the benefits system in order to avoid work and who spend the day smoking, drinking, shoplifting and … Continue reading

Farage factor will shape indy debate

THE European elections are usually marked by public apathy and low turnout. Not this time. The Scottish Government is looking to Europe to change the fortunes of the independence campaign in 2014. After a year in which the Yes campaign made little progress, despite the launch of the SNP’s “all-questions-answered” White Paper on independence, they certainly … Continue reading

MPs should try life in the real world

HOW much is enough? It’s a question we all ask ourselves, especially at Christmas when spending becomes a national obsession. MPs in Westminster have been offered a handy little Christmas present of an 11% increase on their £66,000 pay. That’s an extra £7,600 – considerably more than the value of the state pension. Nice work … Continue reading

The scare stories are bogus…but should have been challenged

WHO could have predicted that it would be left to the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, to ride to the rescue of the Scottish Government last week over the Independence White Paper, after its lambasting from the Scottish and UK press? The governor calmly said he would welcome discussions about Scotland remaining … Continue reading

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