Willie Rennie: why another independence referendum is not the way to keep Scotland in the EU

This is a podcast extract – for a complete recording see bottom of this page The Politicians & Professionals have been an amazing series of presentations that bring onto your stage, one by one, the leaders of Scotland’s political parties. It does, perhaps, tell us something about the times we live in that the series […]

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Ruth Davidson: A Scottish Government with the powers to act – so act

Text of her speech below. For a complete audio recording see the bottom of this page. Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, at Politicians & Professionals 2017, on January 31. The political sound-bites of early 2017 sum up where public life is right now: ‘post-truth’; ‘alternative facts’; ‘fake news’. We are at an […]

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Patrick Harvie, Scottish Green Party, on a ten year transition to a new Scottish currency

Patrick Harvie, co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party, speaking in the Politicians and Professionals 2017 series on 23 January, challenged the claim by the SNP during the 2014 referendum campaign that Scotland should continue to use the pound and could achieve full independence within 18 months of a Yes vote. He has asked how he squared […]

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A world turned upside down: Kezia Dugdale on Brexit, a second independence referendum and the next ten years

Speech by Kezia Dugdale, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party Politicians & Professionals 2017, David Hume Institute, Edinburgh 16 January 2017 Full audio recording here: A year ago, we appeared to be entering an election where the Scottish constitutional question was off the table and a focus on the new powers of the Parliament was […]

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Prosperity and Inequality: from the Enlightenment to BREXIT and Donald Trump

  Professor Sir Angus Deaton FBA, HonFRSE Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor Emeritus of Economics and International Affairs, Princeton University Monday 10 October 2016 Report by Jane-Frances Kelly Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Angus Deaton has researched the areas of poverty, inequality, health, wellbeing and economic development for many years, transforming many of those fields in the process. […]

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Former Cabinet Secretary Lord O’Donnell: UK and Scotland post-Brexit. Where next?

Over four months ago the UK voted to leave the EU. I wonder what David Hume would have made of our EU referendum? Would he have called for us to base our votes on the facts as “A wise man apportions his belief to the evidence”. Or might he have sided with Michael Gove’s attack […]

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Brexit case reaction: a worrying attack by the press on the rule of law

By Ray Perman, Director The most worrying aspect of the Brexit debate so far is the vicious attack on the rule of law by the tabloid press following the ruling by the High Court that parliament must vote before the Government can trigger Article 50, the process which will begin the UK’s exit from the […]

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Accounting reform: Too much activity is focused on non-productive gains

By David Hatherly The slide in the value of Sterling against major currencies has pointed up the fact that British economic policy following the 2007-8 financial crisis has relied on ultra-low interest rates and bond purchases to maintain demand with the hope that higher demand will stimulate the supply side of the economy. However, if […]

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Big Bang 30 years on – financial services deregulation and its role in broken capitalism

Author Philip Augar was a City high flyer until in 2000 he passed up the chance to head up a leading London firm to turn to writing. He has since written five books including The Death of Gentlemenly Capitalism, which looked at London, the Greed Merchants, which turned to Wall Street’s giant investment banks, and […]

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Can Scotland invest to diversify growth and increase productivity?

By Nasira Rauf Bradley Scotland is facing challenging winds from several directions. The slow recovery for the oil and gas sector has impacted the Scottish economy, and potentially government revenues, as evidenced by the recent GERS figures. Furthermore, the Fraser of Allander Institute expect such a potentially adverse influence of UK spending cuts on Scottish […]

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