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A trend to decentralisation could favour independence
Mark Littlewood| 14th October 2017
Mark Littlewood of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London might be thought to have ventured into the lion's den when he spoke at the SNP conference in Glasgow. His views are his own, but we think Scottish independence should not be defined entirely as a cause of political left – especially as the political left has never had the support of a majority of Scots voters.
Michael Fry: We will not win indyref2 if we put up taxes and discourage growth
Michael Fry | 4th October 2017
HUGE pressure is building up in advance of the SNP conference in Glasgow next weekend over the question of holding a second referendum on Scottish independence, whether sooner or later, before 2021 or afterwards.
I want to put my ha’porth into this argument and say there is no chance of Scotland breaking free unless it markedly improves its economic performance, so as to achieve a growth rate equal to that of the UK as a whole, and for preference better.
Michael Fry: Indy Reset Must Go Hand in Hand With a Radical Rethink of Economic Policy
Michael Fry | 4th July 2017
In her last speech of the parliamentary session at Holyrood, Nicola Sturgeon called for a “reset” of the timetable for a second referendum on independence. If I had been her speechwriter I think I would have chosen a stronger term – “recharge” or “relaunch” – considering how the engine has died on the whole project. But at least she revved herself up a bit for her peroration: “Over this summer we will set out afresh our vision for the country we lead, together with creative, imaginative ...
Michael Fry: The Best Way to Inspire Confidence in Our Economy? Balance the Books
Michael Fry | 27th June 2017
It was a valuable contribution to the debate about a Scottish currency that came last week from the think tank Common Weal, since this question is likely to prove one of the main battlegrounds in a future referendum on independence, just as it was last time. The report written by Peter Ryan was perhaps a little neurotic on the problem of official reserves, which would be used to back the currency on the international financial markets. These ...
Why Everybody is Wrong About the Land Value Tax (Except Me)
Sam Bowman (Adam Smith Institute) | 29th June 2017
Conservatives laid into Labour’s manifesto pledge to consider replacing council tax and business rates with a land value tax (LVT). They’ve dubbed this a ‘garden tax’ and claimed that it ‘could’ triple property tax bills to £4000 per household.
It’s a bit silly to call this a ‘garden tax’, since council tax valuations already include gardens. Unless the Tories are proposing to exempt gardens when we calculate ...
Don't Take ScotRef off the Table ... But Let's Park Socialism
Michael Fry | 21st June 2017
It was a shrewd article that Tommy Sheppard MP wrote in the Sunday Herald on June 17, to shine a light through the swirling gloom of what is starting to look like the long death agony of the British state. We cannot tell how all of this is going to end, yet it seems unlikely the UK will in the fnal analysis be able to maintain its integrity.
“Amid the current chaos in Westminster it seems certain that a hard Brexit is now ...
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