Taxing question: How do we create a society that is fair for all?

Taxation is not everybody’s favourite subject. Indeed it comes well down the list of the subjects that people are most likely to engage with when it comes to deciding their personal political priorities. If we all want more money for the NHS, and most of us do, the retort is always where…

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There are Tories around, that’s why I am both votes SNP

Down here in the South of Scotland we still have Tories and some of them were sitting MSPs in the last parliament. Despite losing regional list seats, in other regions at the 2011 elections, the Tories held on in the South of Scotland by winning constituency seats. The Tories won…

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Two choices: Paul or John

With just over week to go to the Scottish elections things are hotting up in a tight contest between the SNP and the Tories in Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire. That it a straight choice is the one thing Paul and John agree on. Like the General Election result in Berwickshire,…

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s statement on Fiscal Framework negotiations

The First Minister today held her regular press conference.  This is her opening statement. Thanks for coming today. I will be happy to answer your questions shortly. However, I’d like to begin with an update on the fiscal framework negotiations and set out steps the Scottish government is taking to seek to break…

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The Fiscal Framework and why it’s so important

Kirsty Blackman, SNP MP for Aberdeen North, posted to Facebook a really good explanation of what the Fiscal Framework is and why getting it right is so important to Scotland. So good that we decided to re-post it here for your reference! There’s a lot of misinformation flying around about the…

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