Monthly Archives: April, 2009

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Ian Fraser examines the best hopes for growth in an economy no longer able to rely on public spending. Geoff Mawdsley, Director of Reform Scotland, is quoted to say, \”We\’ve gone through a period of rapid growth in the block grant- this change gives the Scottish government more of an incentive to focus on value for the money.\”

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One of the few positive things to have come out of the much-maligned – at least by this correspondent – \”devolution industry\” has been the emergence into the public glare over the past year of the independent think tank, Reform Scotland. The latest think tank report has put a thorn in Alex Salmond\’s side – Scotland\’s declining educational standards, says Alan Cochrane in the Daily Telegraph.

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