The Ulsterisation of British Politics

The Ulsterisation of British Politics

At the height of the Troubles in the 1970s, a new Northern Ireland Secretary named Merlyn Rees introduced a three-part strategy for dealing with the crisis: normalisation, criminalisation; and Ulsterisation. The first part was a straightforward attempt to reduce the level of strife, and above all the death toll, to...

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Analysis of a Good Morning Scotland interview – Hayley Millar v John Swinney

Analysis of a Good Morning Scotland interview – Hayley Millar v John Swinney

On Thursday, January 31st Good Morning Scotland broadcast an interview. Presenter Hayley Millar interviewed Finance Secretary John Swinney. The interview centred on the amended pay offer the Scottish Government had offered teachers. At the time of the interview two teachers’ trade unions – the EIS and STA – were about...

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Derek’s Budget Boost to the Economy

Derek’s Budget Boost to the Economy

DEREK Mackay has secured his third Holyrood budget, by 67 to 58, thanks to support from the Greens. Leave aside the usual party-political claims and counterclaims. What macro effects will the Budget have on the Scottish economy, given the proposed numbers? The cash allocated to revenue spending (called the Fiscal...

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7 things the Green Budget Deal will deliver

Scottish Greens We’ve secured an agreement with the Scottish Government on the budget for 2019-20. This includes giving councils up to £282m more to spend on providing local services, meaning that over the last 3 years Scottish Greens have secured over £500m for local services. But this year, we’ve gone...

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Green budget deal: Immediate boost & long-terms reforms to protect local services

Green budget deal: Immediate boost & long-terms reforms to protect local services

Scrapping the Tories' Council Tax and giving Councils more powers is a historic victory. Patrick Harvie MSP The Scottish Greens this afternoon (31 Jan) confirmed agreement has been reached with Scottish Ministers on a significant package of immediate budget changes and bold long-terms reforms to boost the funding of local...

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Budgeting for stupid

Budgeting for stupid

A deal has been struck between the SNP minority administration and the Scottish Greens to get the budget passed. Some SNP supporters had criticised the Greens for not immediately signing up to the budget but insisting on some compromises that they can accept as the price for their votes. It’s...

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The Silent Poetry of Brexit

The Silent Poetry of Brexit

With every vote in the House of Commons which adds new steps to the dance of death which is Brexit, the need for either primal scream therapy or a loud, protracted rebel yell becomes ever more apparent, unbearable, necessary and distant. In Scotland, up to and during the campaigns for...

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BBC Scotland must end this politicising of tragedy

BBC Scotland must end this politicising of tragedy

This week we learned that two babies died in a Glasgow hospital. They died after contracting a blood infection. The infection wasn’t the sole cause of death. According to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, it was “one of a number of contributing causes” in both deaths. Both babies were born...

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