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Category Archives: Scottish Borders
Infrastructure spending is often said to stimulate long term economic growth. But you have to build it in the right place. For example, the last Labour administration in Scotland maxed out its PFI credit card building lots of new schools. … Continue reading
The economist Tony Mackay dissects and despatches the Borders Railway project with considerable elegance in his Monthly Report. The article is reproduced here in the excellent new Internet bulletin for Scottish business, Scot-buzz. It shouldn’t really be news to anyone … Continue reading
Settling down to a rare TV treat on Tuesday made me think about the nature of nationalist politics in Scotland. The Border ITV franchise includes both parts of both Scotland and England, so you get to see England football internationals … Continue reading
With the exception of independence itself, renewable energy is Alex Salmond’s greatest political passion. So what’s he doing appointing a rural, ex-Tory, bird-loving windfarm sceptic as Minister for Environment and Climate Change? Read my take on it here.
We learn from our boys’ local school that not only is the excellent headmistress being deployed more or less permanently to an even tougher job posting in Siberia, but the superb young teacher who taught boy #1 last year is … 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
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:
The dust is finally settling on the local election campaign here in the Scottish Borders. What started sleepily and continued pleasantly enough (as far as the blustery wet April weather allowed), ended in suprising acrimony.