Dan Mulhall: a horizon clouded by the uncertainties of the UK’s exit from the EU

For me, the UK’s decision to leave the EU has led to an unfortunate state of affairs. It is a misfortune for Ireland on account of our unique relationship with the UK, for the EU which will lose an important, influential Member State and, in my opinion, for the UK, where, whatever the ultimate consequences […]

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Does Trump, Brexit and Indyref2 mean Scottish businesses should be planning for political risk?

By Peter Flynn Political risk analysis used to be focused mainly on developing economies. If a mining firm or an oil and gas company was thinking about opening up in a new country, that was when it was needed. Financial services firms in the UK concentrated on business-as-usual functions and things like regulatory change, and […]

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Jane-Frances Kelly to take over as director of the David Hume Institute

In preparation for the retirement of Ray Perman, the trustees of the David Hume Institute have appointed Jane-Frances Kelly as the next Director. She will take up the role on 1 August, working jointly with Ray until his retirement at the end of that month. Sir John Elvidge, chair of the trustees, said: “The Institute […]

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Why do boys do less well in education than girls – and what can we do about it?

Professor Emer Smyth,from the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, on the widespread, but little studied, issue of the underperformance of boys at all stages of education from pre-school to first degree. What are the causes and what can be done?    

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DHI director to retire – applications open for the post

The trustees of the David Hume Institute have announced that Ray Perman, director of the Institute since 2014, is to retire later this year. A search for his successor has been launched, with details below. Ray Perman said: “It has been an enormous privilege to lead one of Scotland’s oldest and most respected think tanks […]

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“Trump, Brexit, and the Politics of Anti-Single-Market Conservatism in the US and Europe.”

Professor Craig Parsons of the University of Oregon on why the US market is not as open as the EU Single Market.

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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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