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Elizabeth Smith
SNP education policy: all talk and no action?

SNP education policy: all talk and no action?

NOT THAT LONG AGO, in September 2013, the Scottish Government commissioned a study into the possibility of extending philanthropy in Scottish education. Whilst the main focus of the study was a paper published by Professor ...

Jonathan Stanley
Scottish Enrolled Nurses could solve the numbers crisis

Scottish Enrolled Nurses could solve the numbers crisis

The NHS in Scotland is struggling to recruit and retain enough nurses. It’s a UK wide problem and the causes are many. Certainly Holyrood has not shone in delivering the health service we all need. ...

Martyn Greene
Enterprise must engage to bring about change

Enterprise must engage to bring about change

THE UK NOW HAS a number of problems far beyond the reach of the political elite and, with our economy on its knees, the traditional remedy of throwing money at them is no longer an ...

Martyn Greene
Trump changes everything

Trump changes everything

I WAS RECENTLY sent a long and detailed blueprint, with copious references, on how to build a new political party fit for the 21st century.  The paper made a number of very good points; better ...

Eben Wilson
Pragmatism versus Principle – the role of the economist in the EU debate

Pragmatism versus Principle – the role of the economist in the EU debate

AT A PRIVATE dinner recently I listened to a professional academic economist offering an erudite view on the prospects for Scotland of Brexit.  Like many in academe he appeared to be a dedicated “remainer”; and ...

Ivor Tiefenbrun
Politicians should beware, actions have consequences

Politicians should beware, actions have consequences

WHEN PEOPLE disagree, it is tempting to assume that a compromise means both parties conceding ground to meet in the middle, but that is not always possible.

Few doubted that a majority for ...

Dr Sutherland MacNeill
Put the family before the state for a real Conservative healthcare policy

Put the family before the state for a real Conservative healthcare policy

I WAS interested to read the latest press release on improving health from the Scottish Conservatives who have, it seems, not one but three spokesmen on health.

http://www.scottishconservatives.com/wordpress/wp-/uploads/2017/01/Scottish-Conservative-Healthy-Lifestyle-Strategy.pdf

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Jonathan Stanley
 Stage Formula 1 in Scotland and show we are still in Europe

Stage Formula 1 in Scotland and show we are still in Europe

BREXIT, Europe, EU, Remoanians, immigrants, Single Market… I don't think I'm the only one believing this debate is becoming somewhat stalled. An avalanche of cliches and acronyms gives that away.

Scotland has ...

Keir Bloomer
Where now for Scottish Education?

Where now for Scottish Education?

SOME PEOPLE might think ‘uncomfortable reading’ a rather understated reaction to Scotland’s performance in the 2015 Performance for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey.  The results were the poorest that Scotland has had in any international ...

Jonathan Stanley
It’s time Scotland had its own migration deal based on local needs

It’s time Scotland had its own migration deal based on local needs

BACK in the heady days of the referendum a little note was slipped into Nicola Sturgeon’s pocket and also, handily, into the national press.

Vote Leave’s Director in Scotland, Tom Harris, called ...

Murdo Fraser
Mackay’s Budget is no Laffer matter

Mackay’s Budget is no Laffer matter

ALEX SALMOND, the former SNP First Minister of Scotland, has many failings, but at least he knows something about economics. His favourite economic theory is that of the Laffer Curve, the details of which he ...

Eben Wilson
How to help enlighten Scotland’s entitled

How to help enlighten Scotland’s entitled

IN THE SPRING of 2016, TaxpayerScotland was invited to host a meeting of economists from around the world, jointly hosting a meeting in Edinburgh with the Vienna-based Austrian Economics Center.

We took ...