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Philip Hammond's 'red box' contained increases to the higher rate tax threshold� (Picture: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty)

UK Budget for the rich limits SNP’s options – Kenny MacAskill

Budgets can never be judged by the immediate reaction. Time is needed for headline statements to be properly considered and for a drilling down into the detail. The Chancellor’s Budget was no different, puerile jokes and partisan statements aside. The initial headlines were of tax cuts and an end to austerity. Cue for much rejoicing on the Tory benches.

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Children give the Nazi salute as Hitler's forces take over the Sudetenland in 1938 (Picture: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Kenny MacAskill: Democracy is in danger – but not from a fascist coup

It was Winston Churchill who said “democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others” and he’s right. Our democratic system is facing huge tests and appearing increasingly dysfunctional to some, whilst distasteful to others. Most Western democracies are likewise challenged with declining participation and rising populist parties. But, what’s the alternative?

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