Bill Jamieson

Jeremy Corbyn would spend more on social care than infrastructure. Picture: Ian Forsyth/Getty

Bill Jamieson: Could Jermy Corbyn be right if Tories embrace Keynes?

A strange, compelling transformation is setting in over the fundamentals of UK economic policy. Not all that long ago, conventional wisdom across the economic establishment was that firm limits had to be set on government deficits and debt. Limits had to be applied. Spending had to be constrained if we were to maintain fiscal credibility and achieve economic growth.

The FMB wants VAT to 5 per cent on all housing repair, maintenance and improvement work. Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Bill Jamieson: Let’s hear it for unsung heroes of Scotland’s construction sector

There is barely a building in Scotland – office, home, renovation project or extension – that is not critically dependent on an army of small builders, specialist workers and skilled traders to carry out the job. They are the unsung heroes of Scotland’s construction sector, and I was honoured to be asked to compere this year’s awards ceremony for the Federation of Master Builders Scotland held in Edinburgh last week.

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