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Stand by for SNP government relaunch: 10, 9, 8, 7 …

Today’s Times has confirmation of a rumour that seems to have been bouncing around for a while, in their own words – Sturgeon set to relaunch government in autumn. SNP considers radical new policies. In a grave error of judgement, … Continue reading

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Are SNP proposals to clip the wings of local government half-baked?

There’s an interesting row brewing about the powers of Scotland’s 32 councils. Put briefly it seems as if the SNP government hope to limit their autonomy and responsibilities. According to The Times, proposals might include: neighbouring local authorities having to … Continue reading

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The SNP and the council tax – an act of huge political cowardice?

SNP election poster 2011 Always good to be reminded of history, and 2011 is closer and more relevant than 1314, but this post is not about past promises unfulfilled. Everyone’s used to them from politicians and they all have to … Continue reading

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Joan McAlpine MSP and local government

I’ve just read an article by SNP MSP Joan McAlpine on the Daily Record’s web site – Local councils do have the power.. they just don’t use it. I wouldn’t normally bother to comment on an opinion piece by her. … Continue reading

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The Scottish government’s council tax freeze

More than once I’ve offered the opinion on Twitter that a council tax freeze funded by central government is, on balance, a bad thing. This usually brings a ritual denunciation from supporters of the SNP government, which has funded such … Continue reading

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