Summer Holiday

I must be suffering from voter fatigue. In the last two years I have had to vote in a Westminster election, an Independence referendum, a Scottish election and now a European referendum. I assume this is why I...

Abracadabra

Last Wednesday the annual Parliamentary Magic Show the Budget took place. And back once more to entertain the country was George “Sleight of Hand” Osborne making his seventh consecutive annual appearance. What new tricks would he have learned...

Midsummer Madness

Is it just me or has the last month been rather bizarre? It started with half of the Conservative post-election budget coming straight out of the Labour manifesto. We then saw the Greeks apparently agreeing to pay tax...

Summer Budget July 2015

Written for Daily Business Website Wednesday 8 July 2015 Having rushed back from a lunch celebrating our 40 years in business to respond to the July Budget speech I'm struck by the reference to The Office of Tax...

Land of the Free

In this era of twitter and text messages it is common for acronyms to be used to save space. Anyone with a teenager would probably struggle to understand some of their texts or tweets with the plethora of...

You can never be sure

I wonder how many times David Cameron had to pinch himself on the Friday after the Election? My guess is by the Saturday his body will have been covered in tiny bruises. No doubt "oor" Nicola will have...

Every cloud has a silver lining

If you're anything like me you'll be fed up to the back teeth with all the mudslinging, promises, and counter promises in the UK Election Campaign. Unless you've found a way to disconnect the Telly and Radio, switched...

Spring is in the air allegedly

I assume that Scotland operates under a different calendar to the rest of the northern hemisphere. It is supposed to be springtime and although the clocks have gone forward anyone stepping outside will be rapidly aware that this...

Budget Key Points

We have summarised the key points from last week's Budget including the main changes that were announced in the Autumn Statement which come into effect from 6th April 2015. Whilst the effects of the 2014 Budget are still...

Nobody stays in Scotland for the weather

OK. Hands up those that think Scotland will have lower rates of Income Tax in the future once the Smith Commission recommendations are enacted. No? Me neither. In fact if you do have your hand in the air...