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Low Ryder

The cost of sending a delegation led by First Minister Alex Salmond to the Ryder Cup golf tournament in America was almost £470,000, the Scottish government has said. The trip in September was part of a plan to “maximise the economic benefits” of hosting the cup in Scotland in 2014. The government estimates the event […]

‘Bigot of the Year!’

‘We are lawyers, words are our tools’ was one of my pupil-master’s favourite lines, and if anything, lawyering has made me even more careful with how I speak and write than literature and publishing ever did. Yes, I know, the way lawyers parse a statute or a case can seem like mindless pettifogging. There are […]

Last Trump

US tycoon Donald Trump has warned that wind farms could “completely end” tourism in Scotland and the country is “in effect committing financial suicide”. Mr Trump said he would not have built his golf course in the north east of Scotland if he had known about plans to install turbines off the coast there. He […]

Smart Alec

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has insisted his government has a mandate to hold a referendum on independence in the autumn of 2014. It comes after ministers in London said such a move would be unlawful without Westminster’s approval. But a spokesman for Mr Salmond said Scottish National Party ministers were “entirely confident” of their […]

Twilight of the Institutions

As I pointed out on Legal Eagle’s thread on this issue, I think it’s very important that we take violent crime more seriously than fraud or non violent property crime. Violence does things to people and communities that fraud does not, and eliding this difference or wishing it away will lead us to a situation […]

Keep your sticky fingers off our legal system, thanks

In light of the SNP’s election win on May 5, this should come as no surprise: The Scottish cabinet is taking action to stop the UK Supreme Court in London getting involved in criminal cases north of the border. SNP ministers said the independence of Scotland’s legal system must be defended in the wake of several […]

The Scotland Bill

… is likely to be £6 – £8 billion. That’s the likely oil-based revenue that stands to be removed from British coffers if Scotland restored Independence and withdrew its share of North Sea assets (previously established in both The Continental Shelf Act 1964 and the Continental Shelf (Jurisdiction) Order 1968 as the UK North Sea […]

Glasgae Says Nae

You might want to sit down for this. Labour have just been trounced in Scotland. I know, hard to believe but in local elections on Thursday it seems the previously minority Scottish National Party government have been returned in the Scottish Parliament, this time with a proper majority – holding 69 of the 129 available […]