Category Archives: Commerce

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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Lord of the Gnomes

King Charles Street should be famous, but isn’t—perhaps by being named for the only British head of state to lose their head to democracy just up the road in front of Banqueting Hall. This narrow street is permanently sunless and … Continue reading

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Buddy, Can You Spare a Dome?

You have to hand it to Tony Blair. Not only did he shrewdly sidestep the coming fiscal storm in 2007 but then dropped from public scrutiny straight on to the six-figure speaker circuit and hasn’t looked back since.  Sweet. What … Continue reading

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The Devil Is in the Doodle

I have been a fan of the Scottish Parliament since before we failed to get ourselves one in 1979. And, however sanctimoniously two-faced some parties my have been in opposing it and then using it to rescue themselves from well … Continue reading

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A Hard Pounding

Apologies to regular readers for the thinness of posts since the New Year. In part, after three years of steadily posting twice or more a week, it was to recharge the batteries in the pen/keyboard/quill. But equally, there was a … Continue reading

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The Real Britain

This is a reblog. I had been getting increasingly steamed up on the theme that this whole independence debate pivots around the wrong topic. At its root, it is NOT about what the Scots think of Scotland: it’s about what … Continue reading

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Boosting The Burgh

Ask anyone within a stone’s throw of the River Esk (once its two halves have joined and found their way out of Dalkeith Country Park) and they will be in no doubt about what is meant by “The Burgh”. Most … Continue reading

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Oh, The Farmer and The Planner Should Be Friends ♫

This blog isn’t about to break out into Oklahoma-inspired song about how “one of ‘em milks a cow with ease; the other steals his planning fees” but, as in the original musical, “that’s no reason why they can’t be friends”. … Continue reading

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Per Ardua Ad Asda

It may be flippant to paraphrase the RAF’s motto into a cynical equivalent for the Royal Navy but purchasing chickens now coming home to roost under Admiralty Arch are a product of a whole series of predecessors to the luckless … Continue reading

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Britain Is Broke

Making that statement does not fill me with great joy. There may be an entirely different social debate about wealth distribution that could equally have headlined “Britain is Broken” but this blog is about fiscal facts—that Brown’s smug ineptitude and … Continue reading

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