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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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Can the Environment Survive Theresa May's Premiership?

(1) Comments | Posted 16 July 2016 | (00:00)

Theresa May is definitely not one to mince words. She's a no-nonsense politician with a clear sense of direction, and tends to follow through on even the most trivial of promises. That's why her first couple of days in Number 10 have been so goddamn terrifying - particularly for those...

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Republicans Must Learn From Britain's Mistakes - Before It's Too Late

(1) Comments | Posted 28 June 2016 | (14:09)

Like it or not, we're living in an era of global consolidation. The geopolitical map is shrinking at break-neck speed, cultural identities are beginning to shift and economic isolation is virtually non-existent. We're all citizens of one, tiny planet - and so even the most trivial acts of stupidity are...

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Think a Brexit Will Benefit Small Businesses? Think Again

(0) Comments | Posted 7 June 2016 | (10:55)

Small businesses are the lifeblood of Britain's economy. After all, they bring in a collective £1.8 trillion each year and employ almost two-thirds of the country. At the end of the day, it's undeniably Britain's ambitious, would-be entrepreneurs that keep us moving forward.

And to be honest, that's...

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Is Xenophobia Team Brexit's Final Hope?

(17) Comments | Posted 4 May 2016 | (00:00)

Immigration isn't something you typically bring up at the dinner table. It's a horribly divisive issue that causes even the most loving of families to draw fierce battle lines in the sand. It's essentially a perpetual duel between hatred and reason, and on that score alone it makes a pretty...

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Does Cold Calling Actually Benefit Energy Customers?

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2016 | (10:36)

Nobody likes their energy company. Why would you? Britain's entire domestic utilities industry is built around six multinationals whose board members are willing to beg, borrow and steal from cash-strapped war veterans just to carve out a decent bottom line for overseas shareholders. Government regulators dish out fines to these...

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Sorry, Mr Cameron - A Financial Bandaid Will Not Fix North Sea Oil

(1) Comments | Posted 1 February 2016 | (13:31)

Times are tough in Aberdeen. Not five years ago, the city's black gold was bringing in a whopping £3.3bn worth of tax receipts every six months. Investment was flooding in from all over the globe, and sky-high revenues formed the crux of Alex Salmond's failed bid for Scottish independence. Today,...

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This Was Jeremy Hunt's Make-Or-Break Moment - And He Just Blew It

(24) Comments | Posted 4 November 2015 | (23:00)

Admit it: we all love having a good moan about the NHS. The waiting times are too long, the hospital food is atrocious and staff practically force you out the door after each GP visit. Yet for all its faults, no one can deny that Britain's National Health Service is...

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Eurosceptics Had Better Go Back to the Drawing Board, Because the 'Norway Model' is a Sinking Ship

(10) Comments | Posted 28 October 2015 | (11:57)

David Cameron is fairly clear about many things. For example, he hates The Human Rights Act. He loves dropping bombs on Syria. More importantly, he's partial to a good pasty. But if there's one thing the PM doesn't like to be clear about, it's where he stands on...

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Why Bother Slapping a Rating on Something That's Already in the Public Domain?

(0) Comments | Posted 18 August 2015 | (14:59)

When you start having children, just about everything on planet earth turns into a threat. The spirits you enjoy glugging must be kept under lock and key, smokers have got to be avoided like the plague and the dirty music videos that used to give you that Friday feeling need...

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Can't Process Payments Without Stealing From Underpaid Staff? You Shouldn't Be Running a Business

(7) Comments | Posted 5 August 2015 | (15:04)

Being a waiter sucks. You're on your feet all day wearing a disgustingly fake smile, getting blamed for corporate price hikes and yelled at when your sloppy chefs produce something inedible. The fact that this job typically brings in nothing but a minimum wage is completely insulting - which is...

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Is the Writing Finally on the Wall for Labour?

(14) Comments | Posted 22 July 2015 | (00:00)

May's general election was a crucible of sorts for the Labour Party - a proverbial Red Wedding. A flurry of shock defeats and inevitable resignations have since altered the entire landscape of the opposition's front bench, decapitating the centre-left party and leaving a trail of bloodied confusion in...

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How Will the Iran Nuclear Deal Impact Oil Prices?

(5) Comments | Posted 15 July 2015 | (14:00)

From the outside looking in, you would never guess that Iran is a rich country. It's got sky-high unemployment, an atrocious poverty rate and no real economic growth to speak of. But in a matter of months, this cantankerous theocracy is going to turn the global energy market on its...

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Why Do Conservatives Want to Create Education Barriers?

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2015 | (16:43)

Higher education is one of the most vital resources this country has got. It's worth about £70billionn to the British economy, reinforces the nation's withering status as a global superpower and provides domestic workers with the skills they need to help drive our economy forward. Bearing that in mind, it's...

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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?

(13) 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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