Category Archives: Economy

How Left Wing is Scotland – part two

How left wing is Scotland? Do we really, as the First Minister claimed, not really mind her economic policies? Well, recently, YouGov did a survey on various Thatcherite policies in the midst of her funeral. The results show that on … Continue reading

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Who would redistribute wealth more?

If a measure of how progressive you are, is your top rate of tax, then is it possible that an independent Scotland could end up being more right wing than the rest of the UK? Well, we now know that … Continue reading

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Plus, More or Max?

The Yes campaign says that Better Together and the Noes need to come up with a positive vision for Scotland. I think that we already have plenty – I’ve seen at least two versions of “Devo Plus” and “Devo More”, … Continue reading

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The best use for pension funds

In September, I wrote about the need for local state-backed commercial banks, to help revitalise our regions. Now, it appears that the Strathclyde local government pension fund is going to do something very similar. To be fair, it’s not quite … Continue reading

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Why I am Striking on November 30th

Well, actually I’m not technically going on strike. Angus Council, several years ago, decided that in order to celebrate St. Andrews Day, it would move a bank holiday elsewhere in the year to the end of November. So I already had … Continue reading

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Who are they speaking for?

Today, a series of business leaders have written a letter to the Daily Telegraph calling for the 50p top rate of tax to be cut to help boost the economy. They claim it will attract wealth generators and entrepreneurs to … Continue reading

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New cafe in Montrose

Its always a pleasure to see a new business open up, especially when it moves into a previously empty shop. Its even more of a pleasure when it is a business offering something unique. Cafe O’ Clay in Murray Street … Continue reading

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What have we learnt from the Tory Conference?

What did I learn from the conservative conference? Well, after attending Labour conference last week for the first time, I realise that there is a difference to what is reported in the papers, shown on TV and what actually happens. But there are some things we can conclude from what we have seen, and they ain’t pretty. Continue reading

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Conference day Three: Ed’s speech

I’ve just come out of Ed’s speech, and here are my first impressions. There are some important themes in there, and I’ve noticed that other shadow ministers have been tapping into them as well this week. Taking on vested interest, … Continue reading

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Conference Day Two: Defence and the Economy

It was good to see that Labour are putting themselves on the front foot with regards to defence. Jim Murphy was right to say that the men and women in our armed forces, on the front lines are OUR people. … Continue reading

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