Tim Bunker: Barclay rates review proves to be curate’s egg
Last week, finance secretary Derek Mackay committed to implementing the “vast majority” of the findings of a recently published review into Scotland’s business rates system while it was indicated that some of the proposals will need “further consideration and engagement”.
David Alexander: New crossing makes Queensferry a key player
Last week the Queen officially opened the Queensferry Crossing, the reigning monarch being an appropriate choice given that she shares the same bloodline – albeit much diluted over the centuries – as the Scots queen, Margaret, after whom the new bridge is named.
Interest rates to remain on hold despite higher inflation
The Bank of England is expected to keep interest rates on hold this week, with new voting member and deputy governor Dave Ramsden unlikely to “rock the boat” despite forecasts of a further rise in inflation.