HOGMANAY AGAIN

It is little wonder that I much preferred Christmas to New Year as a child. Christmas Day was one of wonder - toys and presents delivered by a strange man in a red suit gratefully received. New Year?...

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...

Spoilt for choice

Some months it is difficult to come up with topics for this missive, but not this time. Do I write about the changes to pensions on death that were announced a couple of weeks ago, the new Scottish...

Thank God its over But what happens now

Removal vans cancelled, English property schedules ripped up and the rebuilding of Hadrian's Wall stopped. On a morning that is as gloomy as Eck Salmond's mood, we can at last start looking forward, and the scale of the...

Strange times

Well, we have less than a month to wait to hear the result of a vote that I never thought I would see in my lifetime. Will it be a Yes or a No? Both sides have entrenched...

Sex and Drugs and GDP

The first day of the school holidays means clearer roads for the morning commute but also the start of what I regard as the silly season. It is a time when little seems to be happening for journalists...

You get what you pay for

It takes a mentally strong person to be a fund manager. Fund performance tables are published every day and it is simple to compare how each fund has performed against its peers at any time. How many of...

What a load of ballots

Ok, let's have a quick quiz. Who is José Manuel Barroso? I thought he may be the Benfica goalkeeper, but if you answered President of the European Commission (EC) go to the top of the class. The fact...

Calm Down Calm Down

I have never seen a Budget announcement that has generated as much excitement as the one made last week. A couple of months ago I was invited out to lunch on the day of the Budget. For as...

A Brave New World

A few months ago the headline "Amazon planning to use drones for deliveries" caught my eye. I imagined DVDs strapped onto the back of Tomahawk missiles - and although this would undoubtedly be quicker than using the Royal...