Today’s Thinking

Bill Jamieson
Time to ban the word austerity

Time to ban the word austerity

WHAT IS “austerity”? It is time, surely, this word was banned.  

It has become so ubiquitous, so frequently invoked that it seems no critique of government policy is complete without it ...

Bill Jamieson
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NOTE THE NUMBER in this headline. It’s a personal reference number. Many have been given one. It’s to hold and keep for ever. You’ll need to write it down and put it somewhere safe because ...

Bill Jamieson
That Autumn Statement in full

That Autumn Statement in full

HOORAY, it’s here at last. The Autumn Statement. Wednesday December 3 may be the official date. But for days beforehand we’ve had nothing but leaks. And not unofficial, unauthorised, naughty disgruntled civil service leaks. Real, ...

Brian Monteith
Scotland's NHS must come before the constitution

Scotland's NHS must come before the constitution

Devolution Report Card Part 2: If they are sincere about tackling inequality Scottish politicians should not allow the Smith Commission’s report to distract them from the people’s number one priority of improving our healthcare services.

Bill Jamieson
Scotland: united against the terrible Tories...

Scotland: united against the terrible Tories...

Good evening and welcome to another special BBC Scotland TV panel discussion: “Where To After the Referendum?” We have a full range of opinion across the political spectrum and I’ll start first with our new First Minister ...

Bill Jamieson
EU trade – what the CBI doesn't tell us.

EU trade – what the CBI doesn't tell us.

ANOTHER CBI annual conference, and another set of signals, direct and covert: ‘don’t rock the boat on the EU’; ‘Britain benefits from the EU single market’; ‘EU trade would be hit if we left the ...

Brian Monteith
Holyrood must do better

Holyrood must do better

Devolution Report Card Part 1: The SNP should stop seeking more powers when Scottish governments have not made good use of the powers they already have, particularly in education and the economy.

Bill Jamieson
Cameron: tell the truth to the people

Cameron: tell the truth to the people

“It’s completely unacceptable… It's an appalling way to behave”. 

THUS Prime Minister David Cameron at a press conference in Brussels on October 24 when, thumping the lectern, ...

Brian Monteith
The dark side of tobacco control

The dark side of tobacco control

In Simon Clark’s book we find the background to how tobacco controllers duck and dive to get their way.

Bill Jamieson
Don't grow old in Alex Salmond’s Scotland

Don't grow old in Alex Salmond’s Scotland

THE FIRST MINISTER has left no doubt that he blames elderly Scots for frustrating his ambition to win Scottish independence in the referendum last week. Older people, he said, were most opposed to leaving the ...

Bill Jamieson
Whatever the result – great damage has been done

Whatever the result – great damage has been done

OPINION POLLS point to a referendum knife edge result with voting due to start in less than 24 hours. The conventional wisdom is that no firm judgements can be made and that conclusions must be ...

Bill Jamieson
Plunging pound? Calm down dear, it's only a 'variation'!

Plunging pound? Calm down dear, it's only a 'variation'!

SOME READERS may have read reports in recent days about a “flight of capital” and “a plunge in the pound” in the wake of the YouGov opinion poll showing the ‘Yes’ camp in the lead. 

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