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Detrimental Education: How Smith reforms gave Scots enough rope to hang themselves.

The Smith reforms have been almost universally derided by academics and economists as incoherent, piecemeal and contradictory. It was born of panic before the referendum: something must be done to halt the Nats in their tracks. Throw the Scots a few more concessions: a bit more tax here, a bit of welfare there (not too … Continue reading

Lord Smith just needs to get sovereignty and subsidiarity right. The rest falls into place.

“We hold these truths to be self evident”.  No, that’s been done.  “So long as but one hundred of us are left alive”, Nah, too Braveheart.  “There is a Wind of Change…” Sounds a bit flatulent.  Across Scotland last week, concerned citizens were penning preambles to their submissions to the Smith Commission on the constitutional … Continue reading

Tories cut the dole, Labour pursue poll tax arrears – who says Margaret Thatcher is ancient history?

READ IAIN ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD   2/10/14 THROUGHOUT the referendum campaign everyone, myself included, was saying that the poll tax and Margaret Thatcher were ancient history to most Scots. Well, wham, bam thank you ma’am, suddenly they’re back. Last week, the ghost of the poll tax … Continue reading

Tory spending cuts? Barnett scrapped? English votes? Vow broken? Can’t say we weren’t warned.

Scottish voters can’t say they weren’t warned about George Osborne’s £25 billion austerity programme. But even I’m shocked that Britain’s already paltry benefits are to be cut in real terms for two years. Forget the bedroom tax; this is the austerity tax, and it’s hitting the poorest. But that’s the Union we’ve voted to remain … Continue reading

Why Scotland needs a pop up constitutional convention.

READ IAIN IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS   28/9/14 The Scottish independence referendum, it turns out, wasn’t a finishing tape but a starting gun. The national question may have been resolved for a generation, but Scotland is now in a race for home rule. History has been speeded up. … Continue reading

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