Job done

Written by on 29 September 2014

As with many other things in this life, the recent independence referendum relied heavily on the efficiency and competency of local government. As the nation took to the polls, many speculated about whether or not polling stations, and later the counts, would be able to cope with the numbers expected.

Unexpected item

Written by on 29 September 2014

Monetary policy decision becoming 'more balanced'

The grass is greener, honest

Written by Neil Evans on 26 September 2014

The revolution didn’t happen. The voters took a walk up to the line, but in the end didn’t step over it.

In the run-up to the referendum those who were concerned with environmental issues and willing to pin their colours to the mast appeared to be mainly from the Yes camp who saw opportunities in everything from the current differences in policy on nuclear power to the potential of sitting at the ‘top table’ on the world stage and raising issues like climate justice.

Talking point: Ideas vacuum

Written by Tom Freeman on 26 September 2014

Given criticism of Tristram Hunt by teaching unions recently for ‘a lack of ideas’, it is surprising the shadow education secretary didn’t come out fighting at the Labour conference last week. Instead, his speech there was just ten minutes long and relegated to the early shift on the first day.

Talking Point: A fairer outcome

Written by on 17 September 2014

Unsurprisingly, the criminal justice system – given its already devolved nature – did not prove nearly as prominent in the referendum campaign as other aspects of public policy. Besides a discussion among anoraks on the fallout of a withdrawal from the UK Supreme Court, it has remained somewhat silent in the shadows, working away as usual. Yet, if this referendum is considered the vehicle through which to create a more socially just and fairer Scotland then those within our prisons mustn’t be ignored, even if their voting preferences have been.

Brave new world

Written by on 17 September 2014

This question has allowed us all to think outside the box and imagine that anything is possible

Centre Stage

Written by on 16 September 2014

Despite the intense spotlight upon it the NHS has simply been getting on with business as usual

A referendum on currency union

Written by on 15 September 2014

Will the UK's appetite for referenda be whetted by Scotland’s experience?

Talking Point: First steps

Written by on 12 September 2014

By sheer coincidence, as I stepped into the education brief for Holyrood, my daughter started her school career. Like many parents, I imagine it was probably a more traumatic experience for me than her, waving her off into a system which will dominate her life for at least the next eleven years, hopefully more, knowing that forces outside my own control can shape her education, attainment, and ultimately her choices in life.

Talking point: Suck it up

Written by Neil Evans on 12 September 2014

Efficiency requirements will deliver as much as a third of the EU’s energy-saving target for 2020