Author Archives: tdpcm

Hunt is on for the best new Borders Building

This week sees the launch of this year’s Borders Building Design Awards. The aim is to encourage top architectural design in the Borders, whether it’s traditional in style, modern or innovative. Different awards go to conversions, houses, non-residential buildings, and … Continue reading

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Council Tax and the Borders Budget

Yesterday, Scottish Borders Council passed the administration’s budget for 2018/19 and I was happy to vote in favour. Of course, the ideal would have been lower council tax and even better targeted spending, but given the circumstances it was a … Continue reading

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Playing with numbers SNP style

Glancing through the Scottish Government’s latest analysis of the impact of Brexit on Scotland (Scotland’s Place in Europe: People, Jobs and Investment) it’s difficult to believe that this has been produced by supposedly impartial civil servants. The language is highly … Continue reading

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Will Scotland miss out on a UK productivity boost?

For years now Britain has relied on attracting workers from abroad to grow its economy. In other words we’ve been becoming bigger as a country but not much richer as individual citizens (on average). Businesses have preferred to hire more … Continue reading

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Abroad – and back again

In 2013 we went to go and live in Brussels for a couple of years. Since we returned in 2015 I haven’t got round to blogging until now, though I’ve written a few articles in the media which are on … Continue reading

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Scandinavia is Tory

Just as in 1707 the debate on Scottish independence revolves around pounds and pence rather than national identity. I can’t work out whether this is a triumphant display of the continuity of Scottish pragmatism and penny-wariness down the centuries, or … Continue reading

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Post Leveson proves the case against Leveson

Until the Leveson Report came out I was pretty agnostic about the whole thing. Aren’t we all ‘regulated’ by Parliament, after all? In a sense, having to regulate the press via an arm’s length body might actually make it harder … Continue reading

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