Monthly Archives: June 2012
Quite a few right-wingers in Scotland now favour more tax powers for the Scottish Parliament. Some of them want outright independence and others think the move will stave it off, but they all reckon that, with more ‘fiscal accountability’, Holyrood … Continue reading
With the knock-out phase of Euro 2012 upon us, this is where the Miers-Beckenbauer solution to the penalty shoot-out conundrum comes into its own.
As with monetary policy, leaving the UK will actually reduce Scotland’s influence over renewable energy. Trying to square this circle is a mistake, but the SNP has made such a fuss about green economics that they’re now trapped into an impossible … Continue reading
The main problem with wildlife conservation is that it’s based on bans rather than trade, as Prince William highlighted so effectively yesterday by seizing the wrong end of the rhino horn (sorry).
On the front page of the Sunday Times yesterday, two similar stories: The paper has exposed a ‘mass black market’ in Olympic ticket sales, and reports a ‘crackdown’ on fishing quota sales. Haven’t we got it upside down on both … Continue reading
The village of Gordon (pop 415) has never seen a traffic jam like it. A dozen police motorcycle outriders, beeping happily and waving at the crowd (how do those colossal bikes stay upright at 2mph)? Then several anodyne beige minibuses … Continue reading
Nationalists are in something of a no-win situation when it comes to the currency. But actually they’ve made the least-bad choice, according to US currency expert Lawrence White.
After my blog on the Scotland v England education stakes, a few local friends have asked me about the performance of schools in the Borders relative to Scotland and England. Well, here’s the overall chart:
If a state such as the UK breaks up, its assets and liabilities should be divided on reasonable lines, perhaps proportionately to GDP or population, or according to some sensible geographic or cultural delineation.
In my last blog I mentioned three muddles the SNP have already got themselves into. Since I wrote about their defence policy in The Scotsman today, I’d better start with the military muddle.