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Europe

Some thoughts for both sides of the EU debate

We never seem to take a break from politics in Scotland. European elections. A referendum. A general election. A Scottish Parliament election. And then – just when it looked for a few moments at least that there would be some blessed respite from people spouting nonsense in the name of their false gods – a European referendum.
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UK

The immigration debate is senseless and pessimistic

There are few things more depressing than the immigration debate in the UK. There are more upsetting things. There are more maddening things. But when it comes to politics the immigration debate here is depressing. The debate is being led by Nigel Farage and UKIP. Ponder that for a moment. This means allegedly serious politicians end up saying stupid things. Lord Bates, last week, suggested that too many foreign-born women residing in Britain are having babies. (Read More)

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UK

Fixed-term parliaments mean very little, and here’s why

With the upcoming general election looking as though it will be the closest, and the most bitterly fought, for many a long year there will be a lot of chatter over the next few months about whether or not – in this era of fixed-term parliaments – there could be an election between the first Thursday in May 2015 and the first Thursday in May five years later. (Read More)