Category Archives: Foreign Policy

A triple mandate process

Whilst we are waiting for Theresa May to set out her Brexit objectives, which we are told will be next Tuesday, it is well worth looking at the process the Scottish Government has been following since the morning of 24th … Continue reading

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Migrants and tax credits – Cameron ‘misguided and misleading’, say researchers

By Russell Bruce This article first published on Newsnet.scot on 6th February 2016 The National Institute of Social and Economic Research (NIESR) has just released some limited information from the UK government on migrant tax credit claims. Jonathan Portes, Principal … Continue reading

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Agincourt: £1m to celebrate defeat of French and ‘Scottish nationalists’

Image from Histoire de France, Wikimedia Commons By Russell Bruce During Osborne’s budget speech he announced in extraordinary terms £1M to celebrate the battle of Agincourt “And, Mr Deputy Speaker, we could not let the 600th anniversary of Agincourt pass … Continue reading

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Let me tell you a secret: ALL the oil is running out

WHAT PRICE A BARREL OF OIL – PART 2   By Russell Bruce There is question we are entitled to ask concerning the drop in the oil price – is the fall a rational price movement? We all know economists … Continue reading

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Sheikhs in shakedown mode

What price a barrel of oil? Part 1 By Russell Bruce What price a barrel of oil? – is the thousand-dollar question. One thing we can be sure of is $1000 is not on the cards. For several years, between … Continue reading

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Open letter to thon quine in Lundun

Dear Quine, Speeches are funny things and it is easy to get things wrong – just as I am not sure how to address you. I will be honest. I am a bit of a soft republican. So for me … Continue reading

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Defence 1: Small country Big heart

By Professor Gavin Kennedy There is an unanswerable problem in defence politics, best summarised by the question: `How Much Defence in Enough?’  It has tormented governments since before Julius Caesar’s times.  All defence ministers tend to answer: ‘Much more than … Continue reading

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