An off-shoot report to the Growth Commission seeks to push 'competitive' low tax agenda in devolved context
Off-shoot paper from Growth Commission published by Reform Scotland and the Scottish Policy Foundation welcomed by Tory MSP Murdo Fraser and Labour MSP Jackie Baillie at launch
AN OFF-SHOOT paper from the SNP’s Growth Commission has echoed its economic strategy but for a devolved context, advocating fiscal discipline, restricting government expenditures and tax competition with other small nations.
Parties back new investment bank at Holyrood, but squabble over what and who is to blame for economic weaknesses
Greens and Labour clash on the “fetishization” of growth during Scottish Government debate on the SNIB
All parties backed the establishment of a Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB) during a Scottish Parliament debate on its implementation, but squabbled over what was wrong with the Scottish economy and who was to blame.
Analysis: The importance of garbage getting put in its place
Green MSP Andy Wightman challenged the Scottish Tories on their bogus figures
SOMETIMES garbage needs to get put where it should be – in the trash, as the Americans say, and in such a way as everyone bears witness.
Here’s the background: The Tories had put out a press release on Monday [7 May] claiming missed SNP targets since 2007 had cost the Scottish economy more than £80bn.
'They know we have an alternative': Continuity Bill passed by parliament
Holyrood votes in favour of emergency legislation at final stage as Tories deride democracy
THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT has voted in favour of the Continuity Bill, the Scottish Government’s emergency legislative alternative to the EU Withdrawal Bill, by 95 votes to 32.
The result came shortly after news broke that the Welsh Assembly had successfully passed its own Continuity Bill. There is now a period of four weeks in which a legal challenge may be made to the UK Supreme Court in order to dispute the Continuity Bill’s legality.
"Toxic fag end": Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly votes in favour of fracking ban
Unconventional oil and gas extraction condemned as “the toxic fag end of the fossil fuel industry”
MSPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a stricter ban on fracking, following a two-hour debate in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.
The ban was backed by 91 MSPs, with only 28 voting against, and received support from four out of the five parties represented in Holyrood, with only the Scottish Conservatives opposing the ban.
Ex-NUS President: Murdo Fraser is a hypocrite on anti-semitism and bigotry
Scottish Tories stand by Fraser’s “bigots” attack on National Union of Students
THE TORIES are exploiting anti-semitism “for their own cynical political ends”, according to the former president of the National Union of Students (NUS) in Scotland.
Senior Tory MSP Murdo Fraser condemned for calling students “bigots”
Tory finance spokesperson lashes out at National Union of Students online
STUDENT CAMPAIGNERS have hit back against comments by Tory MSP Murdo Fraser describing the National Union of Students (NUS) as “bigots”.
The Tory finance spokesperson, and ex-party leadership candidate, hit out at one of the largest membership unions in the UK last night [Tuesday 7 June] on social media site Twitter.
SNP, Labour and Green MSPs unite against police and fire service VAT charges
SNP MSP Ben MacPherson wins support from left-wing MSPs over “punitive” charges
POLICE SCOTLAND AND THE SCOTTISH FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE should be exempted from paying VAT by the UK Treasury, and be refunded the £140m they have paid in VAT since 2013, argued SNP MSP Ben MacPherson during a Scottish Parliament debate on Tuesday evening.