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The straitjacket of devolution

Surely no sane, sober and sensible person can now deny that devolution is the problem. Always inadequate in every sense, devolution has come to be both an intolerable affront to democracy and an unsustainable straitjacket making good governance increasingly difficult. … Continue reading

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Unquestioning

Even if, by a Herculean effort of imagination, we were to suppose that David Mundell was sincere when he talks of ‘more powers’ accruing to the Scottish Parliament in the wake of Brexit, that still leaves unaddressed the nagging question … Continue reading

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Devolution gone mad

Lallands Peat Worrier neatly illustrates the madness of devolution premised on the imperative of maintaining established structures of power, privilege and patronage. That the tax/benefit system should function, and be administered, as a coherent whole is a truth too obvious … Continue reading

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Who decides?

If the “federalisation” proposals advanced by the Constitution Reform Group (CRG) are a game of spot the fallacy then it will be a very short game indeed. Listen to the language. Does not talk of a “bottom up” process necessarily … Continue reading

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The curse of the cultists

If there is one area of public policy that cries out for the absence of wild-eyed, spittle-flecked, scripture-quoting fanatics, it is surely abortion law. Few issues so urgently require the striving for dispassionate rationality that is so vanishingly rarely associated … Continue reading

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Talking sense

I have always had a degree of admiration for Kenny MacAskill. He always struck me as someone who was not afraid to tackle the kind of issues that politicians normally skirt around. It is, therefore, not too surprising to find … Continue reading

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