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 Joined February 2017    sceptical.scot
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"Scotland, the Supreme Court says, cannot have a referendum without Westminster’s approval. But what the SNP, and others, put in their election manifestos is up to them. We’re on a path to a quasi-referendum. And Scotland will have its say." Kirsty Hughes on the political aftermath of THAT ruling. Where do we go from here?The post A voluntary union with no exit? appeared first on Sceptical...
"The way is now open for the UK Government to say that there is no time or way for Scotland to exercise its acknowledged right of self-determination, for no other reason that it has the power to do so. As others have noted, this turns from one of consent to a union of (narrowly interpreted) law.” Michael Keating on Scottish self-determination and UK sovereignty in the light of the Supreme Court...
"There is now a pressing need to investigate some common ground, if not a broad strategic compromise, in a new isles-wide partnership of states for the 21st Century." Glyndwr Cennydd Jones puts the case for constitutional collaborationThe post It’s time to talk to the neighbours appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
"A Scottish currency is no guarantee that independence would see the country’s deeply embedded economic problems tackled. A monetarily sovereign independent government would still be perfectly capable of chronic mismanagement. But to have an independent country with a fighting chance of making even partial economic and social progress, monetary sovereignty is a pre-requisite. Another Scotland is...
"Muscular unionism didn’t work in Ireland in 1921 and there is no reason to expect it to work now. Ignoring the votes, and the people elected, in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, is not unionism. It’s imperialism."The post Can muscular unionism save the Union? appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
"The left should opt for an eco-fiscal policy, designed to dismantle rentier capitalism. It should accept that high progressive income tax is out of date. It should make clear that income and consumption taxes are mainly for public services and infrastructure, including transport, defence, housing, schools and other social needs. Beyond that, the aim should be to restructure fiscal policy as a...
The latest Building a New Scotland paper on the economy is being roasted - including by informed nationalists. Here a prominent unionist dissects a weak case. "Doubtless the SNP will argue all this is “Project Fear”. It really isn’t. It is the reality that flows from our underlying economic position."The post Scotland deserves better than two bad choices appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
“But there may be a silver lining here. This may be a wake-up call that populist policies need to pass the credibility test when it comes to foreign exchange and bond markets,” writes economist and university principal Anton Muscatelli on how the markets reined back an imploding UK government.The post The ‘markets’ ease the return to economic reality appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
"The process of recovery has begun for Scottish Labour.  It can now focus on winning back what Anas Sarwar describes as ‘soft SNP’ voters.  This will not be plain sailing.  The SNP remains a formidable campaign organisation...” Prof James Mitchell on how Labour’s revival has put the SNP on the defensive.The post Labour’s revival puts SNP on the defensive appeared first on Sceptical...
"Where Scotland differs (from the UK) the most is in its lack of engagement on economic issues. If this continues then the £1.5 billion (fiscal) shortfall will continue to grow and taxes will continue to rise to compensate. Surely no-one wants this but then why does no one take it seriously?” asks John McLaren in his latest acute commentary on the state of the Scottish economy.The post What...
The new UK Chancellor has set out his radical fiscal plans - and prompted a sterling crisis. The situation is so grave, not least for Scotland, it merits a return from us in the interests of a wider public policy debate. Here we republish commentary from the FAI - and expect to run further contributions this autumn. The post Going for growth – or broke? appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
The co-editors announce the closure of Sceptical Scot on its seventh anniversary....The post Sceptical Scot shuts up shop appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
Survival, war, poetry. What is it like to fight for your motherland with words and on the streets? Here is a message to transcend time and place.The post For future generations from our here and now appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
'The current conflict seems one from an anachronous, imperial past. There is little to separate a Ukrainian and a Russian - this is not an ethnic conflict but one over territory.'The post A letter on Ukraine from Berlin Hbf appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
"The report, the launch, the minutes of the Advisory Council meetings - all point to a ‘just get it done and get it out’ approach. And as with previous, failed, economic strategies it will go through various hoops of progress reports and ‘accountability’ that are underplayed and soon forgotten. But without anyone taking real ownership, without a genuine attempt to identify and plan a way...
"The current position in Scotland is just not good enough. Infant removals continue to this day. They do not lie in our past. This trend is found in other wealthy countries..yet elsewhere infant removals appear more subject to public scrutiny. An infant entering care in 2016, when the Independent Care Review was launched by the First Minister, will be 14 years of age by 2030.  Hardly a sea...
'It is conceivable that all this could lead to a rapid collapse of the Putin autocracy, but we should not engage in wishful thinking. Wide-ranging economic sanctions on Russia may be needed for a lengthy period of time. Ejection from Swift is a symbol of these efforts, not a powerful economic tool that can constrain Russia’s actions in Ukraine at little cost to ourselves.'The post Why ejecting...
'Clearly the political and institutional landscape has changed dramatically since 2014. One inescapable fact about any future debate on the economic case for Scottish independence is that the terrain – by which we mean the political, economic, social and cultural context – has shifted significantly.'The post What are Scotland’s real choices? appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
"The Government must change, and fund change elsewhere. Organisations and institutions that for a long time have not provided good enough care must change, and any new organisation must be set up to meet the needs of those they support, not the system they are a part of... yet just because there are areas of concern does not negate the progress already made, and progress has been made."The post...
"A start to redressing this imbalance would be for the UK Government and the devolved governments to sign the European Charter of Local Self Government - then we could at last begin to have serious conversations, based on a joint understanding of and respect for each other’s roles, on how we are to successfully tackle the substantial and increasingly complex issues of the future."The post What...
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