Category Archives: Scottish Borders

The trouble with oil funds

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

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Borders Railway – a case study of pork in action

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

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The revolutionaries

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

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A u-turn on wind farms?

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.

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An educational iron curtain

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

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Right, that’s the Olympics done. Back to the real thing …

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

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Borders education – how good, and which school?

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:

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The vicious side to local politics – Borders style

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.

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