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Why truth and lies matter in Government

Lies will ruin any Government. Let me illustrate. It is well-known that liars need to have a good memory to recall all the lies they have made. Eventually they are caught out by their lies. Similarly, when Government proceeds on promises that are not or cannot be fulfilled or are plain lies, eventually the chickens …

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Foolish government according to wise king Solomon

Wise king Solomon's book of Ecclesiastes gives much wisdom for daily life, just as his book of Proverbs gives wise advice particularly to the young. A summary of Ecclesiastes chapter 10 runs as follows: Working conditions The damaging effect of a little folly upon one's reputation v1, and the more so when it becomes endemic …

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Alex Salmond and his new political party

Alex Salmond always was astute. He has done it again and launched a new political party called Alba to supercharge the separatist vote. His new Alba Party will stand only on Regional Lists to capitalise on the SNP's inability to gain further List seats where the SNP wins first-past-the-post constituency seats. The idea is not …

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Some significant SNP misjudgments

The Court of Session has judged that the SNP Scottish administration did not have the authority to close churches for public worship in Scotland during the coronavirus pandemic. The judgment has been published on the last day of the current Scottish Parliamentary session but it is as significant as any of the other judgments in …

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Whither the First Minister?

James Hamilton's commissioned report on whether the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon broke the ministerial code was published this afternoon. It clears the First Minister of four charges of breaching the ministerial code but states that she had given MSPs an "incomplete narrative of events" by failing to tell them about a key meeting. This …

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