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Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

18/02/2011, by in Features

Governments get blamed for things. It is what happens and whether it is being blamed for the quality of television programmes, the weather or the incidence of childhood obesity, it is part of our relationship with government and will almost certainly never change. (more…) Read more...

Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

03/02/2011, by in Features

Politics can sometimes be a slow burner. Three and a half years ago the Liberal Democrats started to call for a review of the powers of the Scottish Parliament and in particular what could be done to give it some control over the raising of its own budget. (more…) Read more...

Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

21/01/2011, by in Features

Betrayal seems to be one of the most over used words in Scottish politics at the moment and it was getting plenty of overtime in this week as the rocketing price of petrol and diesel hit the headlines. Now I don’t mind being criticised for those things where as part of a coalition I have had to co... Read more...

Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

07/01/2011, by in Features

I hope that for you and your family 2011 will be a good year. I am in no doubt, however, that for many people in Shetland as in the rest of the country it will be a difficult one as the economic realities continue to hit home. (more…) Read more...

Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

26/11/2010, by in Features

Invitations to the Althing do not come my way very often. Before last weekend the last time that I had spoken at an Althing debate was in 2000. Goodness only knows I have dropped enough hints over the years but no invitations have been forth­coming until now. The motion to be debated was that th... Read more...

Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

12/11/2010, by in Features

The members’ tea room in the House of Commons has been buzzing this week in a way that I have not seen for some time. What, I hear you ask, has stirred up our nation’s legislators in this way? You might think it would be spending cuts or maybe the closure of RAF bases or maybe even changes to... Read more...

Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

29/10/2010, by in Features

Earlier this summer the Chancellor brought forward his emergency budget and outlined the scale of the cuts that were having to be made to public spending in order to reduce the government’s deficit, currently standing at £155 billion. That was an exercise which was like drawing the lines on a pic... Read more...

Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

15/10/2010, by in Features

Over the years party conferences have become something to be endured rather than enjoyed, so it was somewhat unusual to find myself looking forward to Saturday’s one day autumn conference of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. (more…) Read more...

Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

17/09/2010, by in Features

September used to be a month when MPs would be more notable at Westminster for their absence. The long summer recess which started in mid to late July and ran until early to mid October used to allow the government of the day a pretty free hand to do whatever it wanted. (more…) Read more...