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“The concept of good and bad schools is false”- The Spectator

This article Alex Massie appeared in The Spectator. Meanwhile, away from the budget ballyhoo comes a reminder of one of the problems afflicting Scotland: the teaching unions. Today sees the publication of an eminently sensible report from the think tank Reform Scotland that advocates, essentially, a voucher system that draws on Swedish and Dutch educational …

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Put teachers’ pay back in the hands of local councils- Herald

This article by Ben Thomson appeared in the Herald. The overhaul of teachers’ pay ushered in by the McCrone Committee in 2001 was perhaps the most significant change in education since the Scottish Parliament was established.Professor Gavin McCrone’s recommendations included teachers receiving a minimum salary increase of 23.1 per cent awarded in stages by August …

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Focus on cutting crime, not emptying prison cells – Herald

This article by Alison Payne appeared in the Herald. Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill’s plan to scrap prison sentences of six months and under is a typically bold move from a man who is, arguably, the Scottish Government’s most outspoken minister. The proposal, a cornerstone of Protecting Scotland’s Communities: Fair, Fast and Flexible Justice, published earlier …

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Local Empowerment is Being Stifled by Central Cash Control

This article by Geoff Mawdsley appeared in the Scotsman It looks like the concordat between the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities [CoSLA] will survive another year at least.  But as it currently stands, this agreement is not sustainable in the medium term.  It would be better if the Scottish Government accepted …

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Divide & unite: how splitting taxes could keep UK together – Scotsman

This article by Geoff Mawdsley appeared in the Scotsman THE Calman Commission’s interim report published yesterday may have reached no firm conclusions about how to improve the devolution settlement. But it did set out the issues that need to be addressed. Quite rightly, it identified the financial relationship between Westminster and Holyrood as one of …

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Our radical plan to cut crime and protect the public – Herald

This article by Alison Payne appeared in the Herald. The latest crime statistics published last week by the Scottish Government illustrate a welcome drop in recorded crimes and offences. But let us be clear: crime in Scotland is still unacceptably high. The number of crimes and offences being committed in Scotland is higher today than …

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