THE Chancellor’s Autumn Statement sometimes suffers from the perception in business circles that it is Budget-lite, and therefore not as deserving of scrutiny.
WE’RE coming for you… and we’ll get there the year after next. Probably.
I was a spiky 15-year-old when I first met Stewart Cruickshank in the queue outside Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre. I was waiting to see The Associates, a band I’d deemed cool enough to allow into my growing record collection and he was handing out leaflets promoting a late night show on BBC Radio Scotland.1 comment
IN THE torrent of emails that daily cascade into our mobile phones and laptops, one headed “NOBODY KNOWS WHAT IS GOING ON” compels attention.12 comments
Most people in Shetland live and work within sight and sound of the sea. On clear summer days – almost 20 hours long, in June – it lies flat out to a distant horizon and children play on great wide beaches; from the cliff-tops, fish and diving birds are clearly visible even several metres below the surface.
Even after the unspeakable horrors of the Paris attacks, do we really comprehend the depraved fervour of the terrorist organisation that confronts us? And when we do, to what extent do we tolerate the, hopefully temporary, abandonment of our normal civilised moral standards in order to eradicate it?4 comments
NEXT week will mark the return to our small screens of Teletubbies, the most recent children’s television programme to spread its fame throughout the generations, at least as long as people keep pretending that Doctor Who is for grown-ups.
THE debate this week over tax credits has thrown light on to the challenges and opportunities that come with the new powers proposed by the Smith Commission.49 comments
Holyrood needs power to enforce gender balance where political parties have failed
LEGATUM is Latin for bequest or legacy. The institute of its name produces a prosperity index that ranks the countries of the world in eight categories; economy, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom and social capital. Within each of these categories are multiple measures that make up the ranking.7 comments
Fifty years after the abolition of the death penalty in Britain, Dani Garavelli asks what brought about its demise and why fewer people now mourn its passing1 comment
THIS year marks the 90th anniversary of Scotland’s first Higher National (HN) qualifications graduates. In 1925, the first HNs, developed in response to a chronic shortage of engineering and technical expertise in post-World War One Scotland, were attained by a small group of just 24 engineers and chemists.1 comment
IT IS a very long time indeed since the Scottish National Party showed the slightest sign of weakness. Yes, over recent years, the SNP has come up against scandal, seen policies fall apart, and even performed u-turns (in politics, always “humiliating”), but it has never appeared vulnerable.14 comments
THE most interesting aspect of the government’s sleight of hand over the draft Investigatory Powers Bill unveiled last week is that, for a brief moment, everyone seemed willing to buy into the illusion.3 comments
WHEN it comes to final farewells, a short service at the graveside is best. And how apt this would be for the Bank of England’s “Forward Guidance”. It needs to be brief – particularly after such a long, lingering illness.
THE weekend after the Chancellor unveiled his so-called pension freedoms in March 2014, I wrote here that it was a mis-selling scandal in the making.5 comments
YOU can see why British politicians are so fixated with the danger of debt. The country lived in a sort of unspoken la-la land of excessive borrowings in the primrose path that culminated in the 2008 financial crisis. The then-Labour government, the banks and the man in the street were all culpable,1 comment
Falling for offers of cashback on mortgages and free legal fees and valuations may cost unwary home-buyers dear, warns Jeff Salway
As working class students struggle to cope with the cost of going to university, Dani Garavelli asks why Scotland’s policy has failed to open access to higher education17 comments
Sceptical Scots must pass test of compassion and broad-mindedness posed by 2,000 new neighbours20 comments
VIOLENT deaths in schools are a rarity in the UK, thank God, but not so rare that we aren’t familiar with the responses they invoke in those not directly involved.
GEORGE Osborne has had better weeks and months. The unravelling of his status as cock of the walk in the Conservative Party has been much more rapid than his long ascent to leader-in-waiting.3 comments
THE release of Shaker Aamer after 14 years in captivity without charge marks the end of what shadow chancellor John McDonnell calls one of the worst miscarriages of justice in 30 years.5 comments
THE UK government’s decision to end subsidies for a range of renewable energy sources, including solar and onshore wind, has been highly contentious, provoking anger from the industry, environmental campaigners, including former US vice president Al Gore, and from the SNP government in Scotland.5 comments
ROYAL Bank of Scotland chief executive Ross McEwan had warned before that there would be more “bumps in the road” as the state-backed bank carries on its exceptional charges-studded oddyssey of recovery.
IN THE era of “more powers”, what – and who – will guide Scottish Government policy on the economy and tax? How will we know whether its forecasts are fair and reasonable? Who will staff the proposed new Scottish Fiscal Commission? And who gets to nominate the top officials?
Place of residence key as Holyrood prepares to unveil levy on income it will impose north of the Border from April, writes Jeff Salway7 comments
IN EARLY October the regulator and the Treasury launched a consultation that could give the UK’s high street banks a smooth path back into the financial advice market.
THERE are many fun, jolly and exciting things about the adaptation of Sarah Waters’ hit novel Tipping The Velvet currently playing at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, among them contemporary pop songs performed as turn-of-the-century music hall stompers, guidance on oyster-eating etiquette, and some very fine corsetry.