Category Archives: Devolution

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland spending much more on public services than they collect in tax

Robert Henderson The Office for National Statistics (ONS)  has produced  its first regional analysis of UK  public spending  and tax collected. The ONS describes the statistics as experimental and their  methodology can be found here at the beginning of the … Continue reading

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Theresa  May’s   “clarification” of Brexit means Brexit

Robert Henderson May’s speech  of 17 January 2017   was  a classic Theresa May performance , mixing  statements somewhere between a  boast and a threat to give the idea that the UK would be looking to its own interests first, second … Continue reading

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SCOTCH NUMPTY PARTY  XMAS NOVELTIES 2016

Single Party State Monopoly A boardgame  for four or more players. The object of the game is to capture all the MSP seats. Weighted dice ensure SNP always win   Wee Pretendy Parliament   Kit When assembled  looks to the casual … Continue reading

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Killing two political birds with one stone

Resolving the UK’s unfinished devolution and the Irish border  questions Robert Henderson Brexit provides a wonderful opportunity to  deal simultaneously with  two major political difficulties.  These  are  the  unbalanced devolution arrangements  in the UK and   what is to be done  … Continue reading

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 SNP XMAS NOVELTIES 2015

  FORTH ROAD BRIDGE  CONSTRUCTION SET Have hours of fun building  the bridge then  watch it collapse just when you think it’s finished. REFERENDUM SNAP! The game is played with a pack of 52 cards. 51 of the cards are … Continue reading

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Shamocracy – The Tories give a whole new meaning to democracy

If you won’t vote for an elected mayor have an unelected one Robert Henderson The Tories are currently bleating their heads off about how they  are all for bringing  politics and the exercise of  political  power to the people. Local … Continue reading

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Cameron is unwittingly preparing the way for Scotland to become independent

Robert Henderson All the signs are that the incoming Tory government is  going to pander incontinently  to the Scottish National Party (SNP)  and grant ever greater devolved  powers to Scotland, viz Cameron saying  post-election  “In Scotland our plans are to … Continue reading

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