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Nash Riggins is an American freelance journalist based in central Scotland. He currently writes for The Huffington Post, World Finance and Ones to Watch. For more from Nash, follow his blog at: www.nashriggins.com.

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Does Free Childcare Actually Help Anybody?

(2) Comments | Posted 1 June 2015 | (13:47)

At this point, most voters should take it for granted that campaign promises are nothing but rubbish. Politicians can't get elected without offering the world on a silver platter, and so party manifestos tend to be embarrassingly vague and optimistic in nature. Most of them fade into oblivion immediately after...

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Why Is Everybody So Riled Up About TTIP?

(6) Comments | Posted 14 May 2015 | (10:54)

In the past few days, Britain's political system has been turned on its head. We've lost some of the country's biggest names to belated resignations, seen the appointment of an equalities minister that doesn't support LGBT equality and launched a war against freedom of speech. But let's be honest: none...

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How Will the BBC Fare in the General Election?

(0) Comments | Posted 23 April 2015 | (00:00)

This is it. After what's felt like an eternity, the general election is finally getting underway. Everyone who plans on voting has been registered, party manifestos have been launched and would-be politicians are producing an endless stream of tough-talking soundbites.

It's still impossible to say exactly who will come out...

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Is Scotland Being Let Down By UK Immigration Policy?

(23) Comments | Posted 9 April 2015 | (11:33)

Immigration is a touchy subject in Britain. No matter where you stand on the spectrum, it's become a sort of dinner party faux pas. Bearing that in mind, it only makes sense that most politicians have been doing their absolute best to tip-toe around the issue in the run up...

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What the Hell is Happening in Yemen?

(2) Comments | Posted 26 March 2015 | (11:05)

It seems like Yemen is always on the brink of disaster. Let's be honest: when was the last time a fluffy human-interest piece came out of Sana'a? Apart from the odd al-Qaida plot and drone strike, Yemen doesn't get much press coverage at all. I guess that's why it's a...

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When It Comes to American Apparel, Regulators Are Total Hypocrites

(0) Comments | Posted 19 March 2015 | (23:00)

In this harsh economic climate, it's not always easy to convince people to buy overpriced goods they don't need. After all, there's an ever-expansive sea of competition out there. What's a poor marketing executive to do?

When in doubt, stick your product next to a woman's crotch. Whether you're selling...

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A Coalition Government Would Be Political Suicide for the SNP

(19) Comments | Posted 8 March 2015 | (23:00)

No political leader has ever led an election campaign under the presumption they'll be forming a coalition government with somebody else. It doesn't matter where you stand on the political spectrum - everybody is in it to win it. But let's be honest: when it comes to this year's general...

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Is Nicola Sturgeon Right About Britain's Austerity Economics?

(33) Comments | Posted 12 February 2015 | (23:00)

Nicola Sturgeon is on the warpath.

Hot off the heels of an eye-opening independence referendum, Scotland's new First Minister has more bargaining chips than she knows what to do with. Her party numbers have swelled beyond belief, her government is being given more powers than ever before and there's a...

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How Will British Universities Fare in the General Election?

(0) Comments | Posted 4 February 2015 | (12:35)

Higher education is one of the most lucrative exports Britain has got. Not only is it worth about £70billion to the economy, but the country's top universities play a crucial role in consolidating Britain's withering reputation as a global superpower. With that in mind, any move to stifle industrial investment...

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Do the Tories Really Care About Poor People?

(5) Comments | Posted 28 January 2015 | (14:42)

When David Cameron moved into Downing Street in 2010, he did so based on a platform of change. He lambasted the previous Labour government for doing little to tackle health inequality, pledged to lessen the country's poverty divide and promised to create a fairer welfare system.

What we...

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What's the Point of Creating New Businesses if We're Setting Them Up to Fail?

(1) Comments | Posted 21 January 2015 | (23:00)

The average British voter tends to be a bit of a worrywart - and with good reason.

From bureaucratic immigration loopholes and a desperately overworked National Health Service to an ever-deteriorating cost of living crisis, we've got plenty to stress about.

Yet for whatever reason, it seems like those aren't...

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Can British Renewables Survive Another Tory Government?

(1) Comments | Posted 23 May 2014 | (00:00)

Britain's renewable energy sector bears every trait you'd expect to see from a thriving, economically-driven international industry. It employs over 100,000 people, has been instrumental in helping domestic construction firms prosper during recession and has allowed families across the country to soften the blow of increasingly unaffordable household energy bills...

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Britain's Got a New Housing Bubble - and It's About to Explode

(0) Comments | Posted 9 May 2014 | (08:53)

Ever since Britain's housing bubble went splat in 2008, the coalition has been making a lot of noise about fixing this country's severe lack of affordable housing. In fact, you could almost say it's become a sort of crusade for the PM and his little-known housing minister.

Yet as the...

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What Happened to 'the Greenest Government Ever'?

(1) Comments | Posted 20 March 2014 | (23:00)

When David Cameron rose to power in 2010, he vowed to pilot the UK's "greenest government ever". He condemned the lackluster environmental credentials of the Labour regime that preceded him, arguing its leaders had callously showed little regard for Britain's sustainable impact on Mother Earth. Then, in a...

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The Co-op's Demise Has Serious Implications for British Farms

(0) Comments | Posted 2 March 2014 | (08:34)

The Co-op is in trouble again. Just months after its financial arm all but collapsed, the company has been forced to admit it's completely haemorrhaging cash. And facing some £2bn in losses, it only makes sense Co-op bosses have decided it's time to go into shutdown mode.

The...

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Does the Government Really Care About Homelessness?

(16) Comments | Posted 27 February 2014 | (23:00)

Ever since the coalition came to power in 2010, they've carried out reform after reform under the sanctimonious presumption that we've got to 'trim the fat' off of Britain's social safety net. Yet by allowing that to happen, we've afforded politicians a golden opportunity to diminish the bulk of income...

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George Osborne: Scottish Nationalist?

(8) Comments | Posted 13 February 2014 | (11:14)

George Osborne has finally decided to throw his cards on the table. An independent Scotland will not be allowed to retain the pound via some bureaucratic currency share scheme, he claims - a view that's reportedly shared across the political spectrum down south. As usual, this has gotten...

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Do Better Wages Really Make For a Better Society?

(1) Comments | Posted 10 February 2014 | (19:00)

Britain is on the brink of a disaster. The prices of food and fuel have been allowed to spiral out of control. Meanwhile, affordable accommodation is quickly dissipating - egged on by the coalition's dubious desire to slash cost-cutting holes in Britain's social safety net.

With that in mind,...

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What's the Human Cost of the World Cup?

(0) Comments | Posted 27 January 2014 | (23:00)

We all know entertainment comes at a hefty price - but where the world's favourite sport is concerned, that price may now be too much to bear.

For decades, governments of all shapes and sizes have bent over backwards to accommodate the globe's top sporting event. You can hardly blame...

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It's Time for a New Debate on Welfare

(3) Comments | Posted 13 January 2014 | (23:00)

Ever since dream team George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith decided to launch their counter-intuitive campaign against Britain's sterling social security system, the public has tolerated their fodder based upon the delusional presumption that the government 'sort of' knew what it was doing.

"After all," we reassured ourselves. "Times...

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