Author Archives: Caroline Johnston

Devolution after Brexit: ‘Power Grab’ or a ‘Significant Increase in Decision-making Power’

One of the questions that arose very soon after the EU referendum was what would happen to the powers currently exercised by the EU over areas of government activity which would otherwise be devolved. The initial assumption in many quarters … Continue reading

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Time to make the most of trams

It looks like the long-awaited Edinburgh tram extension is finally about to happen. The case for the extension is stronger than ever. Edinburgh’s expected population growth over the next few decades means that the city must develop a modern public … Continue reading

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Let’s make Edinburgh’s transport more visitor-friendly

I was sitting on an Edinburgh bus the other day, and a scene developed which will be all too familiar to regular users of our city’s normally excellent public transport. A family, obviously tourists, got on the bus and tried … Continue reading

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Ten Big Brexit Issues: Questions for the General Election

Kirsty Hughes, the director of the leading Scottish European think tank, the Scottish Centre on European Relations, has set down an excellent set of questions which ought to be considered in the 2017 General Election campaign. I thought it would … Continue reading

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What happens with the ‘progressive alliance’ now?

So, it looks as if there won’t be a ‘progressive alliance’, at least involving Labour or the LibDems, for the 2017 General Election. I’m not surprised, although I thought Jeremy Corbyn might at least have kept the door slightly ajar … Continue reading

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Would EU citizens be able to vote in a second Scottish independence referendum?

As the prospect of a second referendum on Scottish independence has now come back on the agenda, I thought it would be useful to look at the question of whether EU citizens resident in Scotland would be able to vote … Continue reading

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Cuts have been bad for Scottish education, but Curriculum for Excellence is at the root of the problem

I’m glad to see that there is at last a serious discussion taking place about the lack in educational attainment in many Scottish schools. Part of the problem has come lack of finance, which from my own knowledge has led to shortages … Continue reading

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