There are two stories about austerity in the news this morning. First, NSPCC Scotland and Barnardo’s have published new research on the impact of austerity on families, looking at what’s changed since it last studied this issue in 2013. The report finds that poverty remains the core issue, but that there has been a marked increase in […]

Big in Japan: Why high public debt is not so scary



Merry GERS-mas! No, Lionel Messi is not signing for Rangers. GERS day is the geek term for the ultimate geeky day in Scottish politics, where a statistical publication is wielded like a constitutional axe, weaponised as the definitive financial statement of whether an independent Scotland is perfectly viable or a disaster waiting to happen, depending […]

On GERS day 2020, we should remember that economics is about choices



“A Democrat administration would be more hostile to Brexit, and more willing to work with Brussels to squeeze the UK in Brexit negotiations. This could create and avenue for opposition forces in the UK, above all Starmer’s Labour and the SNP.”

What does Joe Biden’s nomination mean for Scotland?




“Times are interesting enough without fettering our country with rules that no longer make sense, never did, and will ultimately leave us vulnerable to another round of crises as the economic cycle returns to ‘normal’.”

Craig Dalzell: Investing in Interesting Times