Murdo Fraser

Managed shooting estates can exist side-by-side with schemes to let nature repopulate the Scottish landscape. Picture:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Murdo Fraser: Rewilding can be done while still supporting jobs

Last week I climbed my 199th Munro, Sgurr Nan Each, in the Fannichs in Wester Ross. I had hoped to make my tally over 200, but facing horizontal rain and high winds on adjoining Sgurr Breac, along with my climbing companions took the prudent decision to turn back around 2,500ft. My double century will have to wait for another day.

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Hundreds of thousands of minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in Rwanda in 1994 (Picture: Sayyid Azim/AP)

Independence and Brexit debates should learn from Rwanda genocide – Murdo Fraser

The theme of this year’s National Prayer Breakfast for Scotland, held in Edinburgh last week, was reconciliation. An audience of 300, including leaders from the worlds of politics, business, the third sector, and the Church, heard powerful presentations on this theme, with a keynote address by Reverend Lesley Bilinda, now a Church of England vicar, whose Rwandan husband was murdered in the genocide 25 years ago.

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Derek Mackay needs to be doing more to address a looming black hole in public finances, says Murdo Fraser (Picture: Steven Scott Taylor)

SNP is in denial over risk of economic disaster – Murdo Fraser

Our system of tax devolution in Scotland is still in its infancy. It is barely two years since Holyrood was given powers over non-savings, non-dividend income tax, with a right to vary bands or rates. This is a power that has already been used by the SNP Government to create a significant tax gap between Scotland and the rest of the UK, for those earning over £43,000 annually.

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Murdo's classic Stag

Murdo Fraser: Don’t let the killjoy Greens trash our transport heritage

One of the pleasures of a Scottish summer is enjoying a sunny day on our rural roads behind the wheel of a convertible, alive to the sounds and smells of the countryside in a way which is never possible when fully enclosed within steel and glass. And if that convertible is a classic British sports car or tourer, then so much the better.

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