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County’s future looking bright

14 February 2014
County’s future looking bright

County’s future looking bright

14 February 2014

A STRONG focus of Caithness and north Sutherland regeneration is well summed up as "The right time, the right place and the right people". That was the…


Hard-pressed folk need a long-term energy solution

18 October 2013
Hard-pressed folk need a long-term energy solution

Hard-pressed folk need a long-term energy solution

18 October 2013

FAR too many of the discussions I hear about the increases in electricity and gas prices fail to get past populist posturing.


Wick could host world skiff championships

12 July 2013
Wick could host world skiff championships

Wick could host world skiff championships

12 July 2013

I have multiple interests in the crews from Ullapool, Coigach, Helmsdale and Wick as they are all residents of my constituency, along with 41 others from…


Far-sighted ideas need serious scrutiny

28 June 2013
Far-sighted ideas need serious scrutiny

Far-sighted ideas need serious scrutiny

28 June 2013

THE final week of the Holyrood parliamentary session in this last week in June has made an epic amount of work for all MSPs. After the successful Aberdeen…


'Misguided' minority should not derail climate change fight

31 May 2013
'Misguided' minority should not derail climate change fight

'Misguided' minority should not derail climate change fight

31 May 2013

Despite this surge, an investor famine in Europe is slowing development on and offshore in Scotland and the UK.


Highlands could benefit from big-ticket sports facility

17 May 2013
Highlands could benefit from big-ticket sports facility

Highlands could benefit from big-ticket sports facility

17 May 2013

LAST week the news that a certain football manager was retiring upstaged the state opening of the Westminster Parliament. Not that the news from the Queen’s…


Oil revenues key to north road and rail investment

19 April 2013
Oil revenues key to north road and rail investment

Oil revenues key to north road and rail investment

19 April 2013

HERE are two plain unvarnished truths about the Scottish economy. It’s in much better financial condition than the UK.


Let’s make our oil wealth work for the future

05 April 2013
Let’s make our oil wealth work for the future

Let’s make our oil wealth work for the future

05 April 2013

IN April Fools’ Day week you might be forgiven for thinking poor old Scotland just can’t hack it. As the UK’s millionaires get a tax…


Will you be observing world’s Earth Hour?

22 March 2013
Will you be observing world’s Earth Hour?

Will you be observing world’s Earth Hour?

22 March 2013

I WILL be pleased to support to WWF’s Earth Hour tomorrow by switching off the lights and celebrating the power of the planet.


Dash for gas is waste of energy north of the border

14 December 2012
Dash for gas is waste of energy north of the border

Dash for gas is waste of energy north of the border

14 December 2012

TACKLING climate change and developing renewable energy are two sides of the same coin.


Let's get our world treasure back to health

30 November 2012
Let's get our world treasure back to health

Let's get our world treasure back to health

30 November 2012

But Scotland is attracting big inward investment to back the renewables revolution, our unemployment in Caithness and north Sutherland is far less than…


Catalonia can follow Scotland on road to ‘day of destiny’

19 October 2012
Catalonia can follow Scotland on road to ‘day of destiny’

Catalonia can follow Scotland on road to ‘day of destiny’

19 October 2012

ON the day we returned from a week’s break in the sun in Barcelona, the Edinburgh Agreement was being signed. In Catalunya they, too, await an election…


Pensioners are being hammered from every angle

21 September 2012
Pensioners are being hammered from every angle

Pensioners are being hammered from every angle

21 September 2012

IT has been calculated that Scotland’s pensioners could be worse off by £900 million by the end of 2014 under UK Government policies, according…


BBC’s cutbacks in Highlands and Islands will shortchange us

07 September 2012
BBC’s cutbacks in Highlands and Islands will shortchange us

BBC’s cutbacks in Highlands and Islands will shortchange us

07 September 2012

LAST week’s announcement to cut senior BBC reporters in the Highlands and Islands by 50 per cent is not just bad timing, it spectacularly fails…


Cashing in on oil fund

24 August 2012
Cashing in on oil fund

Cashing in on oil fund

24 August 2012

THE strong performance of Norway’s oil fund shows the scale of the opportunity which was missed as a result of successive UK governments determined…


Music can have an amazing impact

27 July 2012
Music can have an amazing impact

Music can have an amazing impact

27 July 2012

IN the shadows of a rain-swept Stirling Castle children from the Raploch estate created a concert spectacle which blew away the negative connotations…


Trying to build an innovative future is the big challenge

29 June 2012
Trying to build an innovative future is the big challenge

Trying to build an innovative future is the big challenge

29 June 2012

Makar is the old Scots word for quality and excellence. We have a national poetry makar, Liz Lochhead, who was appointed after the death of Scotland’s…


'Scotland the speedboat' has a huge advantage in today's world

15 June 2012
'Scotland the speedboat' has a huge advantage in today's world

'Scotland the speedboat' has a huge advantage in today's world

15 June 2012

IT was my pleasure to host Willie Watt, general manager at Subsea 7 and chairman of Wick Harbour Authority, as my guest at the seventh annual Business…


North has ability to lead Scotland into the future

20 April 2012
North has ability to lead Scotland into the future

North has ability to lead Scotland into the future

20 April 2012

YOU have to laugh, imagine London journalists calling Scotland "Skintland". Well, thanks to The Economist, a magazine that takes itself so seriously,…


Banking on sustainable future for all

24 February 2012
Banking on sustainable future for all

Banking on sustainable future for all

24 February 2012

CAITHNESS has good opportunities for new jobs in the new Scottish economy...


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