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Posts Tagged: Scotland
Andrew Haldenby: Even after austerity, shocking amounts of money are wasted by underperforming state bodies
Voters are more open to higher spending, but if they pay higher taxes for services that don’t improve then they won’t be happy.
Its proponents are making the same arguments as the advocates of devolution in the 1990s. And we know what happened there.
Under my leadership, we will stand firm against further constitutional division – and set out a positive agenda for Scotland powering ahead into the 2020s.
The Treasury fights back. How it plans to drive radical reform – and become “the Government’s internal think tank”
Would the Government have the bottle for planning, childcare and police overhauls – and will Downing Street sign up to this plan anyway?
It is past time that Westminster overcame its queasiness about pressing the devolved administrations on their dire performance.
Also: Spotlight on the literal handful of MPs providing Stormont’s entire opposition; and Scottish Tories offer a budget deal to the SNP.
Also: Struggle to succeed Corbyn puts spotlight on Labour divisions over Scotland; and Jack has even more reasons to refuse Sturgeon’s referendum demands.
The Prime Minister’s victory is on the same scale as Thatcher’s, but of a different kind. The implications of that could be huge.
Leaving the EU will see new opportunities and challenges for the United Kingdom as a whole – and the Party needs to fight back in Scotland.
In vino veritas: talking to voters in pubs usually works. We saw how four of these five contests could be expected to play out.
Andy Maciver: Johnson must change the Scottish Conservatives’ policy on a second independence referendum
He will be the Prime Minister who will either lose Scotland, or kill nationalism. There is no longer any in-between option.
In this new political battle, the greatest tension will not be left v right or even fiscal
doves v economic hawks. It will be a battle between creativity and convention.
Don’t expect Downing Street to bother too much about what MPs or the media think as it prepares to shake up government and Whitehall.
Johnson is a self-described “Brexity Hezza” and now has the chance to mould a Party and country in his own romantic image.