Ways and Means

Recent constitutional debates in the UK have had the tendency for wild proclamations of superior outcomes with no practical detail on how said outcomes are to be achieved. This was most obvious in the recent EU Referendum where, even months after the result, there are still endless questions on what Brexit actually means.  This paucity of detail allowed the … More Ways and Means

Trading Places

Regardless of your vote in the EU Referendum, most would agree Brexit will be a challenge to us all.  Beyond the tangible and very real challenges of citizens’ rights, currency fluctuation and disentanglement from a union that has helped shape our laws for 40 years, the UK’s decision to leave the EU represents a difficult … More Trading Places

Data without information… Now with data

Last week, NHS Scotland’s statistics service (Information Services Division Scotland LINK) released the latest figures for cancellations of elective operations, i.e non-emergency surgery.  The figures showed a seemingly high level of cancellations due to a lack of hospital capacity and a noticeable increase from last year.  As you’d expect, the opposition parties and various newspaper … More Data without information… Now with data

Schrödinger’s fiscal balance

For a document which “shows nothing about an independent Scotland”, the SNP don’t half expend a lot of energy attempting to undermine the Scottish Government’s own GERS figures. Today’s attempt [LINK] comes from George Kerevan, MP for East Lothian, and the SNP’s representative on the House of Commons’ Treasury Committee.  Mr Kerevan has “previous” for ill-considered … More Schrödinger’s fiscal balance