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Blog Profile / Douglas Fraser

Filed Under:Politics / UK Politics
Posts on Regator:422
Posts / Week:2.3
Archived Since:July 6, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Hark! The discount sales ker-chingg

So, is it a selfie-stick, some Disney Frozen merchandise or one of the four Minecraft titles in this year's top 10 selling books? If you're holding out for a drone as one of this year's could-have/don't-need gadgets, be aware that it...Show More Summary

Catching a wave of failures

The Scottish government is not a newcomer to investing in risky businesses. Through Scottish Enterprise, it has a fund for taking stakes in fledgling companies with high-growth potential, and particularly those at a stage where it'sShow More Summary

Jobs go as Pelamis sale bid fails

Administrators found the best option was to sell the assets to the government. That suggests a lack of other options. Now, the challenge taken on by the Scottish government, its agencies, and the Wave Power Forum it set up when Pelamis...Show More Summary

Finance sector still 'uncertain'

Some big Scottish finance firms put in a lot of preparation for moving HQs out of Scotland if voters had backed 'Yes' for independence. It seems they didn't put those plans away on 19 September. Jeremy Peat, former chief economist at...Show More Summary

Moving on or moving out

Some big Scottish finance firms put in a lot of preparation for moving HQs out of Scotland if voters had backed 'Yes' for independence. It seems they didn't put those plans away on 19 September. Jeremy Peat, former chief economist at...Show More Summary

That currency question, again

History, as we know, is written by the victors - though that doesn't mean it ceases to be fought over. As Scotland's independence referendum moves into the history books, there is a flurry of publication to frame how the story is told. The instant framing is from the politicians and their social media fans. Show More Summary

Tipping point for TTIP?

The idea that Americans know how to run Britain's health service more efficiently seems laughable. The US health system is in the global super-league for inefficiency. But that threat is for real, if you listen to critics of trade talks...Show More Summary

Peril or paradise by the dashboard lights

The warning lights are flashing on the dashboard of the global economy. So goes the new message from the prime minister and chancellor. But the latest evidence about the Scottish economy suggests they are being a bit alarmist. That's...Show More Summary

Autumn Statement: Questions for Scotland

It's the "sincerest form of flattery," says Scotland's financial secretary, John Swinney. With the devolution of stamp duty, he devised a system that ironed out the property transaction tax's dafter anomalies. And now, George Osborne...Show More Summary

Osborne's choice: Oil industry at the crossroads

In his Autumn Statement 2014, George Osborne gets to set out the battlefield for the election next May. It's not the battlefield he would wish. The public finance numbers look grim, and point to tight budget constraints on the next Westminster...Show More Summary

Sturgeon: Harnessing the power of London

When you've just become first minister of Scotland, everything you do is likely to be weighed for significance. Nicola Sturgeon's first speeches were, significantly, to the people she needs to keep on side; MSPs, the vastly enlargedShow More Summary

A deal doesn't make it happen

The Scottish Parliament has had 15 years of spending power with very little taxation accountability. That's about to change, a lot, if the Smith Commission "heads of agreement" translate into workable new devolution legislation. There...Show More Summary

Sturgeon's Business Pledge

Nicola Sturgeon is setting out her own stall on her relationship with business. Whereas her predecessor was comfortable with boardroom types, that's not the background of the new first minister. As a lawyer, her area of interest wasShow More Summary

Devo More: What does business want?

Scotland could become a world leader in driverless cars, urban drones and animaloid robots. Yes, animaloid. We're already leaders in subsea robots, so why not? This could be the first country to develop a fridge which orders your milk...Show More Summary

Living wage: What about jobs?

It's Living Wage week. The cause has been well aired, with companies signing up. It's been well debated too, except that there isn't much of a debate. A wage based on what people need in order to live a decent life is hard to argue against. Show More Summary

Hitting the alarm bell

There's both raw commercial interest and significant alarm in the latest statement from Britain's offshore oil industry. Capital investment was already due to fall from record highs, but the sharp decline in the price of Brent crudeShow More Summary

Mamils, braggies and poshtels: tourism's future?

Looking down the railtracks of travel, the far horizons include Mamils, braggies and poshtels, as demographics, tight budgets and new tech disrupt the old, packaged ways. Yes, it's November, so it must be about time to think about holidays. Show More Summary

Scary horrors for Smith commission

Hallowe'en seems an appropriate point for Lord Robert Smith's commission on new devolved powers for Holyrood to close the door on public submissions. The first scary prospect is that it has got a massive amount of reading to do. Vast...Show More Summary

Global slowdown for black and distilled gold

There's both symbolic and a real significance behind Shell's announcement to close down and scrap two of its platforms in the Brent field, east of Shetland. And it tells us quite a bit about the impact of global forces on the Scottish...Show More Summary

Grangemouth a year on: energy prices and business attitudes

A year since the Grangemouth dispute, and the energy markets are in an even more topsy-turvy place. We're told by the Scottish Trades Union Congress that the dispute didn't change industrial relations in Scotland - though that's notShow More Summary

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