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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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The right of EU citizens in the UK to vote after ‘Brexit’

EU citizens in the UK are rightly concerned about many aspects of the future in the UK – their right to remain, their jobs, and much else. I can well imagine that for many people in that situation, the question … Continue reading

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Will Scotland get more powers after Brexit?

Many people have assumed that one side effect of Brexit will be that the powers currently devolved to the Scottish Parliament and Government will be enhanced. That is because many, perhaps even most, of the powers which are currently exercised … Continue reading

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How the Scottish Parliament can stop environmentally damaging APD cuts

  A committee of the Scottish Parliament is currently looking at proposals for an “Air Departure Tax Bill” to replace Air Passenger Duty (APD) when this is devolved next year. Like many people, I’m concerned at the Scottish Government’s plans … Continue reading

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What should Labour’s pro-Europeans do now?

This week’s Commons vote in favour of the Bill triggering Article 50, has angered and upset many Labour party members. I share those feelings. But, as on any occasion in life and politics, when things don’t go the way you … Continue reading

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Tam Dalyell – some personal memories

  The death of Tam Dalyell, one of the most remarkable Labour MPs that I have known, has been rightly marked today by extensive obituaries in many media outlets. I won’t try to add to the full accounts of his … Continue reading

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Labour must reject Theresa May’s Brexit strategy

Over the last few days there has been a lot of uncertainty over what the Labour Party position will be when Parliament votes on whether, and how, the UK government should begin the process of leaving the EU. That lack … Continue reading

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Will Trump declare war on the EU?

Not in a literal sense, of course, with bombs and armies, but it is a reasonable question to ask given some of what he and his closest supporters have been saying over the last few days. Trump himself has made … Continue reading

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Scotland – and Edinburgh – needs to keep on campaigning to save the Green Investment Bank

  One of the undoubted successes for Edinburgh achieved by effective campaigning was the decision to establish the headquarters of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) in Edinburgh. Like all successful initiatives, the GIB was claimed as an achievement across the … Continue reading

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EU citizens must keep the right to vote

©Debating Europe 2017 This article was first published in NewEuropeans.net  on 5 January 2017: see here: https://neweuropeans.net/article/1655/eu-citizens-must-keep-right-vote Many EU citizens living in the UK have expressed their concern about their right to continue to live and work here when and … Continue reading

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