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Eben Wilson
The stench of public partnership economics

The stench of public partnership economics

A DANGEROUS CANKER is growing in Scottish governance. It’s surrounded by what seems to be completely reasonable assertions, but my alarm bells are sounding loudly. I sense socialist managerialism getting out of control.

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Liam Kerr
Nationalising the railways would be wrong on every level

Nationalising the railways would be wrong on every level

LAST YEAR, when responding to some of the severest rail delays in Scotland’s recent history, the transport minister told Parliament he had established a ‘shell company’, ready to make a public sector bid for the ...

Jonathan Stanley
The Single Market is grossly overrated

The Single Market is grossly overrated

ALL THIS TALK of Scottish trade with the EU distracts from the reality that our trade with the UK is growing far faster than with the rest of the world and that most of what ...

Bill Nicol
 Why we need state-funded autonomous schools in Scotland

Why we need state-funded autonomous schools in Scotland

THE Scottish Government’s current review of governance, “Empowering Teachers, Parents and Communities,” assumed from the outset that it “must empower teachers to make the best decisions for children and young people”. The consultation went on ...

Elizabeth Smith
SNP education policy: all talk and no action?

SNP education policy: all talk and no action?

NOT THAT LONG AGO, in September 2013, the Scottish Government commissioned a study into the possibility of extending philanthropy in Scottish education. Whilst the main focus of the study was a paper published by Professor ...

Jonathan Stanley
Scottish Enrolled Nurses could solve the numbers crisis

Scottish Enrolled Nurses could solve the numbers crisis

The NHS in Scotland is struggling to recruit and retain enough nurses. It’s a UK wide problem and the causes are many. Certainly Holyrood has not shone in delivering the health service we all need. ...

Martyn Greene
Enterprise must engage to bring about change

Enterprise must engage to bring about change

THE UK NOW HAS a number of problems far beyond the reach of the political elite and, with our economy on its knees, the traditional remedy of throwing money at them is no longer an ...

Martyn Greene
Trump changes everything

Trump changes everything

I WAS RECENTLY sent a long and detailed blueprint, with copious references, on how to build a new political party fit for the 21st century.  The paper made a number of very good points; better ...

Eben Wilson
Pragmatism versus Principle – the role of the economist in the EU debate

Pragmatism versus Principle – the role of the economist in the EU debate

AT A PRIVATE dinner recently I listened to a professional academic economist offering an erudite view on the prospects for Scotland of Brexit.  Like many in academe he appeared to be a dedicated “remainer”; and ...

Ivor Tiefenbrun
Politicians should beware, actions have consequences

Politicians should beware, actions have consequences

WHEN PEOPLE disagree, it is tempting to assume that a compromise means both parties conceding ground to meet in the middle, but that is not always possible.

Few doubted that a majority for ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
Put the family before the state for a real Conservative healthcare policy

Put the family before the state for a real Conservative healthcare policy

I WAS interested to read the latest press release on improving health from the Scottish Conservatives who have, it seems, not one but three spokesmen on health.

http://www.scottishconservatives.com/wordpress/wp-/uploads/2017/01/Scottish-Conservative-Healthy-Lifestyle-Strategy.pdf

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Jonathan Stanley
 Stage Formula 1 in Scotland and show we are still in Europe

Stage Formula 1 in Scotland and show we are still in Europe

BREXIT, Europe, EU, Remoanians, immigrants, Single Market… I don't think I'm the only one believing this debate is becoming somewhat stalled. An avalanche of cliches and acronyms gives that away.

Scotland has ...