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Once upon a time… a story of community non engagement – Douglas Flett

Here is a real story. It is not a management fix, a leadership theory, nor political rhetoric. The story starts in a Business Association, far, far away – South Queensferry actually, a distant outpost from Edinburgh’s City Chambers. Queensferry is a delightful town with a beautiful High Street, albeit subject to excess traffic, noise and …

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Power of Scotland: Energy Policy in Scotland – Stuart Paton

This is the latest in a series of individual contributions to the publication, ‘Reforming Scotland’, which aims to set out a possible vision for Scotland’s future which can inform and influence the policy debate in the coming years. The contributions are by people from a range of different backgrounds and political perspectives who have looked at …

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Enabling is key to strengthening our society – Fiona Duncan

This is the latest in a series of individual contributions to the publication, ‘Reforming Scotland’, which aims to set out a possible vision for Scotland’s future which can inform and influence the policy debate in the coming years. The contributions are by people from a range of different backgrounds and political perspectives who have looked at …

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The Scottish Liberal Tradition – Dr Craig Smith

This is the first in a series of individual contributions to the publication, ‘Reforming Scotland’, which aims to set out a possible vision for Scotland’s future which can inform and influence the policy debate in the coming years. The contributions are by people from a range of different backgrounds and political perspectives who have looked …

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High Speed Rail & Scotland: Delivering a Better Fit with Socio-Economic Strategy – Tom Hart

The Current PositionThe March Reports by the UK and Scottish Governments and by HS2 Ltd have provided more information on HSR prospects for Scotland and the North of England.  Five options, two being West Coast and three East Coast variants, are examined for the extension of HSR route beyond present proposals for completion from London …

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Changing Directions for Scottish Transport – Tom Hart

IntroductionAfter the May election, a more fundamental review of transport in Scotland is now being promised together with links to and from Scotland by air, sea, rail and road.  This will look forward to the early 2040s though with provision for five-yearly revision and more detailed proposals to 2030.   Network Rail (in the draft Scotland Route …

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Liberal economy or Utopia?: the paradox of Thomas Reid – Kris Grint

Any discussion of the Scottish Enlightenment typically conjures up images of two of Scotland’s most eminent intellectuals: Adam Smith and David Hume, with the former’s achievements in economics only matched in stature by the latter’s accomplishments in philosophy. These reputations are well deserved, but there is of course more to the Scottish Enlightenment than the contributions of these two …

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The Scottish Government’s Tenancy Proposals and their context amongst Tenancy Reforms – Richard Aird

Introduction Prior to the First World War, the private rented sector provided about 90 per cent of Britain’s housing needs. By the time the consequences of “reforms” culminating in the Rent Act 1974 had fully filtered through, the private rented sector extended to just 10 per cent of housing stock, resulting in the largest public …

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