Tag Archives: Scotland

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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The curse of puritan Scotland

I’ve been toying with a theory that there is a correlation between incompetent politicians and their tendency to regulate our lifestyles. Why else would Scotland be both at the vanguard of smoking bans, minimum booze prices, hunting bans, football chant … Continue reading

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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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Why ‘devo-max’ won’t lead to lower tax

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

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Muddle #3: Renewable energy

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

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The Kruger of the North

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).

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What’s the optimal currency for an independent Scotland (or muddle #2)?

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.

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Muddle #1: The armed forces in a separate Scotland

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.

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School performance: England v Scotland

I’ve only just crunched the numbers from last year’s exam results in England and Scotland (see graph below). This data is unpublished by the Scottish Government, so you hear it here first!

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The Megrahi case epitomises the plus and minus sides of devolution

It’s pretty obvious that the SNP hierarchy doesn’t think that the Megrahi conviciton was safe. The language they use makes this clear: it’s all about sympathy for the victims rather than justice being done to a mass murderer.

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