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Melting pot 2020

Something unusual happened to our Melting Pot blog in 2020. It’s always been a space for interesting thought and debate, but this year it became “a place to be seen”, as one senior political figure put it to me. More and more smart and engaged people began approaching us, asking to write. The impact spread …

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Melting pot 2019

Regardless of which way you voted, the UK at least now has some clarity. Boris Johnson’s thumping victory in the general election has removed any doubt that Brexit will happen. The electoral map of England has been redrawn, and the Conservatives have a mandate to govern as they see fit. In Scotland, of course, the …

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Melting pot 2018

It is perhaps appropriate that 2018, being Reform Scotland’s 10th birthday, has been a year of change. In April I took over as Director, with ambitious plans to build on the great work of my predecessors and grow our think tank over the next few years into a new and more substantial proposition. Scotland’s political culture …

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Melting pot 2017

Back in July 2015 Reform Scotland launched our Melting Pot blog as a forum for sharing policy ideas and encouraging blue sky thinking. Since then we have been delighted at the range of interesting and thought-provoking pieces contributors have written.  We have now published over 60 posts all of which add to the public policy …

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Melting pot 2016

Reform Scotland set up the Melting Pot blog on our website to provide a forum where people could put forward policy ideas.  This is in keeping with our role as a public policy institute that seeks to inform, influence and widen the public policy debate in Scotland. The contributions to the Melting Pot over the …

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Cut then scrap: The case against Air Passenger Duty

Reform Scotland has published a briefing paper in which it reinforces the Scottish Government’s plans to bring forward proposals to cut and then scrap Air Passenger Duty in its programme for government. Air Passenger Duty is due to be devolved by the Scotland Act 2016 and Reform Scotland has today endorsed previous work carried out on …

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Critique of 2016 Scottish Manifestos

Reform Scotland, the independent, non-party think tank, has released a critique of the five main parties’ manifestos. The think tank released its own manifesto last month, with 16 policies, and it has commented directly on the parties’ approach to those 16 policies. Commenting, Reform Scotland’s Research Director Alison Payne said: “It is clear from the party manifestos that …

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