Category Archives: Commerce

Girl Talk

Last night’s TV included 2003’s Mona Lisa Smile, a film I had not seen. As a period piece of cloying post-war American consumerist culture, the location, set design and wardrobe depts get full marks but the screenplay—written by two men—seemed … Continue reading

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It Cannae Be Canny—Can It?

Last week’s FM Questions did not much advance the sum of human knowledge as JoLa insisted on asking the same question (“What is “plan B” if currency union is not an option?”) four times in an obviously scripted attempt to … Continue reading

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The Poond in Yer Pocket

The British Pound (£UK) has a long history as a currency. Prior to the 1707 Union of the Parliaments it was known as the English pound as the ‘Pund Scots’ was of rather less value—not least because of the country … Continue reading

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Делать хорошую мину при плохой игре*

“It is the servant who takes the money” —Lawrence of Arabia As a young man, I was proud to be British. But the more I became familiar with its Establishment and could compare it with other cultures, the more that … Continue reading

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Why Yes is the Answer III: It’s the Economy, Stupid

There is a clear case for an independent Scotland to prosper more than it has to date within the UK. I confess that I have not examined all the contrary evidence put out by HM Gubmint on its website at … Continue reading

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Why Yes Is the Answer III—It’s the Economy, Stupid!

There is a clear case for an independent Scotland to prosper more than it has to date within the UK. I confess that I have not examined all the contrary evidence put out by HM Gubmint on its website at … Continue reading

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Heart of Scotland

There has been a lot of media flannel about St John’s Town in the wake of their peppy team bringing home the Scottish Cup. But some is overdue praise for a little-recognised Scottish success story and one both the Central … Continue reading

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Thinking Big

Jimmy Reid was not a man to think small. A product of the tough Clyde shipyards in its heyday, he saw a future for shipbuilding when the yard bosses and their clumsy attitudes had alienated a proud workforce into union … Continue reading

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Capital Offence

At the end of last week, the Grauniad shored up a decades-old reputation for clod-hopping sub-editing by crediting Glasgow with being the capital of Scotland. Given that 115% of weegies might agree with such an assertion, this is not all … Continue reading

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Is This an Economic Argument or the Full Half-Hour?

Now that the indy debate has devolved from professionals to real people it has become muddier. All sorts of voices are chiming in with their two cents’ worth—as it should be. But over the last month as the babble has … Continue reading

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