Category Archives: Scotland

There are Tories around, that’s why I am both votes SNP

By Russell BruceDown here in the South of Scotland we still have Tories and some of them were sitting MSPs in the last parliament. Despite losing regional list seats, in other regions at the 2011 elections, the Tories held on … Continue reading

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Any news from India?

Any News from India? by Dorothy Bruce is a novel based in the Scottish Borders in which events from the Raj and pre independence India result in turmoil for families in quiet Borders Towns and past connections they were unaware of. Available … Continue reading

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Something I agreed with Ruth Davidson

  By RussellBruce Well just a bit. In a follow up to yesterday’s post. I decided there should be a bit of fun about the election in Berwickshire Roxburgh and Selkirk Today’s post brought a letter from the Conservative candidate that … Continue reading

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Cameron and Clegg plan Rose Garden mark 2

Russell Bruce writes on Conservative/Lib Dem planning for Coalition mark 2, Tory dissent in the Borders and the close contest in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk Life has not been a rose garden for most of the population anywhere in the … Continue reading

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What Queen’s speech?

By Russell Bruce Within hours of Miliband dropping his no coalition, no deal with the SNP bombshell, his colleagues were explaining to the media that, of course, they would talk to the SNP. Andy Burnham on BBC Five Live was … 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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London think tank director backs Nicola’s numbers

By Russell Bruce Jonathan Portes, Director of the National Institute of Social and Economic Research (NIESR) has backed First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon’s plans to deal with the UK deficit, growing debt pile and her alternative direction to Osborne’s austerity plans. … Continue reading

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Oil: a holistic view on our energy future is required

Part 3 of What price a barrel of oil?  looks at consumer advantages of the price fall, the urgent need for fiscal reform for the industry and the place oil and gas production plays in a longer-term transition to marine renewables. By Russell Bruce The … 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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