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"The prizes in terms of turning farming into a low emissions sector are significant, and necessary, to meet Scotland’s climate change targets. The challenge is to ensure food production can operate at a sufficient scale and quality to make the sector financially, as well as environmentally, sustainable."The post Climate change and farming appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
A no-brainer ahead of #COP26: "The UK’s buildings account for 17% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Making them more energy efficient could cover 34% of the emission cuts needed in the sector by 2030. It would also increase GDP by nearly £1.3bn (0.07%) a year, and create 22,545 new full-time jobs across the UK economy."The post Energy efficiency could boost economy and jobs...
"McCune Smith’s activism showed aspiring African Americans that becoming a professional black physician could be more than simply treating patients. For him, being an expert in medical science also included using his training to fight injustice and inequality."The post How the first African American doctor fought for women’s rights in Glasgow appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
Could the outcome of a second Scottish independence referendum depend on the precise wording of the ballot question?  Rob Ford, Rob Johns, and John Garry discuss three likely wordings and their potential implications.The post Would Scots vote for indy? What’s the question…! appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
How and when do you mark the passing of a pandemic which is not yet done? Politicians stumble, their messages swaying between promises of better days ahead and threats of worse to come. Can poets help us?The post A kind of healing: poetry for endings and beginnings appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
"We hope that a clear, transparent, assessment of financial requirements, that meets with consensus from those who know, work for and draw on these services, emerges. An underfunded National Care Service is unlikely to do any better than the system that it seeks to replace."The post National Care Service: adequately funded? appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
A conversation about a future which has already been decided from the top won’t encourage people to talk. Genuine consensus must emerge from the bottom up.The post A Welsh rethink appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
Whether or not Scotland can legally hold a referendum without the consent of Westminster has provoked much debate. Ciaran Martin argues that the answer to this question does not really matter: regardless of the legality of any referendum, it is unrealistic to think that Scotland will leave the Union without the consent of Westminster. This makes the key question a political one, which the courts...
"For now, there’s a mismatch between the Scottish Government’s vision of a more successful Scotland – where poverty is reduced, and economic growth is sustainable – and how we assess public sector performance. I am not convinced that public sector leaders really feel accountable for delivering change that demands different organisations work together."The post Christie can’t...
"Opportunities for Labour arise from an SNP that excels in performative politics but fails in policy performance.  The respective and competing nationalisms of Edinburgh and London governments are shrill and limited in their understanding of self-government.  You cannot ‘take back control’ by focusing on empowering London or Edinburgh at the cost to all else.  Labour has some way to go but...
'The risks are higher for the Greens than they are for the SNP. Voters are likely to see any failure of government as Green failure too. And with only two ministers, their ability to effect meaningful change is limited. They may find themselves carrying the can for any mistakes without ever having been in a position to take a different path.'The post SNP-Scottish Greens deal: key takeaways...
Germany's Social Democrats are emerging as the surprising potential winners in the general election of September 26 under Olaf Scholz. Is the EU's most important member about to opt for seismic change?The post A new Germany? appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
"..whilst natural resources from coal to oil and gas to wind and tidal have been pivotal to recent Scottish history, we have to understand them in terms of their constitutive role in human social relations. These themes will become only more pivotal as the energy future dominates political discussion and the urgency for socially just climate action continues to grow."The post Putting energy at...
'Our findings mean that northern Scotland has among the highest rates of Huntington’s disease in the world. Its prevalence is almost three times greater than reported elsewhere in Europe (4.7 per 100,000); North America (4.1-5.2 per 100,000); Japan (0.1 per 100,000); Australia (5.70 per 100,000 people) – and more than five times the estimated worldwide rate of 2.71 per 100,000 people.'The...
Bold declarations of climate emergency and world beating targets came before the pandemic showed just how quickly human behaviour can change. We can do it when we have to. Yet last year's euphoric thoughts of 'building back better' seem to have got lost.The post NHS alert: code red for climate change appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
"We cannot do it all, something will have to give, and it should not be our sickest patients. We need to retain our workforce and yet I know of many GPs who stayed on for the pandemic but who will shortly leave...."The post Primary care needs urgent support appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
"today’s numbers set the starting point for a discussion about the choices and challenges that need to be addressed by those advocating independence or new fiscal arrangements. It is not enough to say ‘everything will be fine’ or ‘look at this country, they can run a sensible fiscal balance so why can’t Scotland?’. Concrete proposals and ideas are needed."The post GERS 2020-2021: time...
In May 1940, in a scathing indictment of the failures of the Chamberlain government to stand effectively by its allies, former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George observed cuttingly that “our promissory notes are now rubbish on the market”.As a result of its failures over Afghanistan, the Biden administration is rapidly heading in a similar direction.The post Biden and America First...
'To the risk community, the tribe I belong to, there was always something alluring and generic about Rumsfeld’s truism.' Dominic Duckett on Rumsfeld's unknown legacy. The post Little did he know: Donald Rumsfeld (RIP?) appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
"62% of new teachers cannot secure full-time permanent jobs yet teacher training numbers are at their highest level in a decade. Scottish education must wean itself off cheap probationers before more damage is done." The post Saturation point: why Scottish education needs fewer probation teachers appeared first on Sceptical Scot.
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