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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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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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The energy market is a victim of the democratic cycle

The energy market in gas and electricity is one of Britain’s success stories. It was an extraordinary feat of imaginative policy making to introduce competition, not just in the capital markets via privatization, but for consumers and retailers too. This … Continue reading

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Olympic spend #2 (old rockers)

I enjoyed the closing ceremony – despite the weird retro IOC eurobabble that kept interrupting the rock concert (did people who actually saw the sport bits of the Olympics have to put up with that the whole time?). Dreading Paul McCartney doing Hey … Continue reading

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