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Power of Scotland: Energy Policy in Scotland – Stuart Paton

This post by Stuart Paton, which first appeared in the Sunday Times on 13 September 2015, is a summary of a chapter from a forthcoming publication, ‘Reforming Scotland’, produced by Reform Scotland. The recent outrage expressed by the First Minister and Scottish Energy Minister over onshore wind farm subsidies and planned closure of Longannet power station highlight the …

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The third sector – Fiona Duncan

This post by Fiona Duncan is a summary of a chapter from a forthcoming publication, ‘Reforming Scotland’, produced by Reform Scotland. The Christie Commission report, in 2011, put the need for “urgent and sustained reform” of public services succinctly, calling for “a fundamental overhaul of the relationships within and between those institutions and agencies – public, …

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Scottish education – what needs to be done? – Keir Bloomer

This post by Keir Bloomer, which first appeared in the Sunday Times on 6 September 2015, is a summary of a chapter from a forthcoming publication, ‘Reforming Scotland’, produced by Reform Scotland.   From any perspective – social or economic – it is vital that Scottish education is among the best in the world.  At present, …

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Choice is the key if the NHS is to enjoy a healthy future – Tom Harris

This post by Tom Harris, which first appeared in the Sunday Times on 30 August 2015, is a summary of a chapter from a forthcoming publication, ‘Reforming Scotland’, produced by Reform Scotland. So frequently repeated has the phrase about the NHS being Britain’s national religion been that it has become a cliché as well as …

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Changing the education debate – Keir Bloomer

For many years, ministers in charge of education in England have been the system’s most unyielding flagellants while Scottish ministers have been the main cheerleaders of their system. In the 2012 international comparisons of educational standards the two countries performed almost identically but the political reactions were very different. What was seen as dismal failure in one country was …

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