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How to turbo-charge Scotland’s economy – Malcolm Offord

Scotland’s public finances are revealed each year in the publication named GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland). Most recently published in August 2020, these figures do not make comfortable reading for the SNP, who have been in government in Scotland now for 14 years. In summary, GERS reveals that the British Dividend is more valuable …

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Hospitality is ready – the Scottish Government should be too – Stephen Montgomery

It’s impossible for me to get excited about the partial and gradual reopening of the hospitality sector when the industry that I have worked in for over a decade continues to be unfairly targeted by the Scottish Government. Although a path towards normality appears to be taking shape, arbitrary curfews and an illogical stance on …

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The real question a ballot paper on Scottish independence should ask – Paul Jourdan

If a second referendum is to be held on whether Scotland should leave the UK, what should the question be, and why does it matter? Readers will know that a referendum was held in Scotland on 18 September 2014 in which the question put to the voters was “Should Scotland be an independent country?”, to …

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A Vision for Young People 2021-31 Thriving in the Scottish Outdoors – Dave Spence

In 2020, Residential Outdoor Education experienced a near extinction event. Following a national Campaign – #saveyouroutdoorcentres – the Scottish Government agreed to support organisations to ensure Centres remained viable until June 2021.  The challenge remains to ensure that young people benefit from these experiences both immediately post-pandemic and for decades to come.  For that to …

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Local government finance & the need to respect devolution – Paul McLennan

Scottish Politics at the best time of times can be tribalistic. The recent appearance of Alex Salmond at the  Holyrood Parliament Harassment inquiry has seen that reach fever pitch. The short term effects may be a factor in the Scottish Parliament Elections in May this year. It’s the longer term effects that trouble me also. …

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Forget being hard or soft on crime – be smart instead – Iain Smith

If we truly want to reduce offending within our communities in Scotland then we must move beyond tokenistic, meaningless terms like being “hard” or “soft” on crime. We need to be cleverer. ‘Smart Justice’ offers a chance to stand back from the crime (the “what”) and focus on the person committing the crime (the “who”). …

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Still Better Together: How Unionists can beat the SNP again in indyref2 – Blair McDougall

Reading events since the 2014 referendum is like a Rorschach test: there’s an element of people seeing what they want to see. The nationalist sees their movement on the cusp of historic success. Their opponent instead sees it splintering under the pressure of its own contradictions. We’d all do well to look a bit closer …

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