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John McLellan

An Allied MP on duty at Checkpoint Charlie. Could we see similar scenes on the streets of Edinburgh?

A tourist-tax plan that would turn Edinburgh into Cold War Berlin – John McLellan

It is one of the strange anomalies of the council’s plans for a tourist tax that visitors staying in a relatively cheap B&B would pay the levy while someone driving a road-hogging, gas-guzzling camper van to Mortonhall would not, so it’s only right that such exemptions be examined in the consultation which will accompany the Scottish Government’s plans for legislation.

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Fringe audiences have grown by 1.25 million to just over three million in ten years. Picture: Jon Savage

Edinburgh Fringe can grown when city expands – John McLellan

Steel barriers across historic setts, red and yellow plastic barriers blocking pavements, tatty yellow webbing shutting off streets, aluminium fencing squeezing pedestrians through congested corners while queuing buses, coaches and sightseeing tours belch fumes into their faces – welcome to Edinburgh’s Unesco World Heritage site in August.

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