Forget the Smith Commission report

| 15/12/2014 | 0 Comments
Forget the Smith Commission report

WESTMINSTER needs to realise that independence or federalism are only realistic options for Scotland, says Andy Maciver I’m a big tennis fan. And I like a particular type of player. For me, it’s not so much about grace, or ability, or even about winning. It’s about fight. I  like the guys who don’t know when they’re […]

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The Vision Thing

| 13/12/2014 | 0 Comments
The Vision Thing

A contribution by Peter Cragie So Lord Smith has spoken.  Or rather his relatively well behaved little cabal of Scottish politicians has spoken and one suspects that the unionist majority on his committee will be well pleased with their efforts at obfuscation. They can now quietly slope off to continue their real political lives, confident […]

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Lord Smith’s discussions

| 02/12/2014 | 0 Comments
Lord Smith’s discussions

Michael Fry and Andrew Macann As an organisation committed to full powers over taxation and spending for Scotland, what are we to make of Lord Smith of Kelvin’s report? Our first observation is that the outcome cannot be construed as his; rather it is the result of his chairmanship of a group of politicians essentially […]

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Whatever happened to Devo Max?

| 24/11/2014 | 0 Comments
Whatever happened to Devo Max?

A contribution by Peter Craigie You may remember Devo Max? At one time it was quite widely talked about. For some people, who apparently favoured neither the unionist status quo, nor the nationalist independence, it seemed like a third way forward for Scotland’s constitution. It was even suggested at one point that it should appear […]

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Scotland’s Future Is Bright; the UK’s Might Not Be

| 12/11/2014 | 0 Comments
Scotland’s Future Is Bright; the UK’s Might Not Be

David Skilling is the Director of Landfall Strategy Group, a Singapore-based research and advisory firm.  This article was first published in Harvard Business Review, which we strongly recommend to our own readers. In the run up to the Scottish independence referendum, the large-country voices that dominated the international discussion converged on a near consensus that […]

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The Challenge of Change

| 01/11/2014 | 0 Comments
The Challenge of Change

Wealthy Nation has submitted its ideas for a new constitutional settlement to the Smith Commission. We have presented a paper called “The Challenge of Change” which proposes a major expansion of devolution and radical reform in the way the UK is constituted. The paper points out there is a range of possible fiscal solutions available […]

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And now this …

| 31/10/2014 | 0 Comments
And now this …

Wealthy Nation took a holiday after the referendum, but now we are girding our loins to return to the fray.  Like most people who voted Yes, we had some days of dejection after September 18.  In the six weeks since, however, the gloom has lifted. Biggest bright spot: 1.6 million people voted for Scottish independence, getting […]

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Why a leading Tory businessman is voting Yes

| 31/10/2014 | 0 Comments
Why a leading Tory businessman is voting Yes

A leading businessman who has donated cash to the Conservatives has said he is voting Yes in the independence referendum because the offer of more power for Holyrood is “too little too late”. John McGlynn, who founded the Airlink Group of car parks, said he had wanted to see a “devo max” option on the […]

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Moral Hazard matters – a currency union helps the UK and Scotland

| 31/10/2014 | 0 Comments
Moral Hazard matters – a currency union helps the UK and Scotland

The blog post by David Simpson about Mark Carney’s neglect in considering all the assets of the commercial banks when evaluating any proposed currency union is timely and valuable. Too much time has been spent on mud-slinging financial managerialism and not enough on the political economy of public policy choices within any new constitutional arrangements. […]

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Let’s be confident

| 17/09/2014 | 1 Comment
Let’s be confident

 Wealthy Nation offers you a thought to pass on to everyone you can. Please send this link to someone you know http://www.wealthynation.org/lets-be-confident/   This is a time for confidence. Scot for Scot, we have done as much as any other nation to shape today’s world, and we can make just as great a contribution to […]

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Mr Carney’s omissions

| 15/09/2014 | 2 Comments
Mr Carney’s omissions

In a last throw of the dice, on September 10th  the Governor of the Bank of England was wheeled out to tell the Treasury Select Committee of the House of Commons that “the experience of other countries was that central banks need to have reserves equivalent to at least 25% of GDP if they used […]

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Voting is an emotional issue in Scotland

| 15/09/2014 | 0 Comments
Voting is an emotional issue in Scotland

Transcript of an interview by the BBC with Martin Gilbert of Aberdeen Asset Management. Martine Gilbert founded the company and and still runs it. It is the biggest independent asset management firm outside the United States with £325 billion pounds under its control. BBC: First off, I tried to find out which way Mr Gilbert […]

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Uncertainty is a good reason to vote “Yes”

| 14/09/2014 | 0 Comments
Uncertainty is a good reason to vote “Yes”

The idea that Scotland should not become independent because of “uncertainty” is absurd. It’s also doubly absurd when we hear it from those who purport to lead us. Rather, it is a good reason for a small progressive country to be independent and not fear change. Let me explain, both as an economist and a […]

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Two roads for Scotland

| 14/09/2014 | 2 Comments
Two roads for Scotland

A vision of two possible routes in the future for Scotland – from David Simpson. A.   The  High Road: Following a YES Vote  on September 18th, negotiations begin with the Government at Westminster. Agreement is reached on a deal for a currency and banking union that ensures the continuation of the existing monetary arrangements. Parallel  negotiations […]

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Why Westminster isn’t working

| 11/09/2014 | 2 Comments
Why Westminster isn’t working

Commenting on the 8 September Opinion Poll showing the YES campaign in the lead for the first time, the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson said that it reflected in part the “loathing” voters feel for politicians. Why do voters feel this way? Because the British political system has failed them. There is an unspoken agreement […]

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