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 […]
The young at the back of the jobs queue need a story to get political attention
Fifteen years ago I was helping to implement the recommendations of the Determined to Succeed report, trying to improve the employment chances of school leavers who did not go on to further or higher education. A few year later that initiative metamorphosed into More Choice, More Chances, which was aiming to do the same thing. […]
Professor John Curtice: when will the next General Election be and who will win it?
Britain’s foremost expert on opinion polls and voting patterns shared his fascinating analysis of the voting in the 2017 General Election with David Hume Institute members on 15 June and answered some key questions: when will the next vote be and who is likely to win? No simple answer, but interesting and informative. In his […]
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 […]
Fiscal framework exposes the Scottish Government to some risks which it can’t influence
By Graeme Roy, Director, Fraser of Allander Institute Presentation to DHI seminar: May 11 2017 Much of recent debate has understandably concentrated on big political questions such as Brexit, IndyRef2 and the UK General Election, so it’s easy to forget that we’re going through the biggest reform to the financial powers of the Scottish Parliament […]
Parliament’s scrutiny of the Scottish budget needs a transformational change
By Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland Presentation to DHI seminar: May 11 2017 Effective parliamentary scrutiny is obviously critical to ensuring the decisions taken by government are fully understood, thoroughly tested and properly challenged. This leads to better decisions, and contributes to public trust and confidence in government. And, of course, the processes surrounding […]
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 […]
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?
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 […]
Largest section of voters may be dragged out of EU and UK against its will
By Ray Perman, Director If you divide the Scottish electorate into four parts, the unhappiest – and on recent voting possibly the most numerous – are those who face being dragged out of Europe and the UK against their will, to use the First Minister’s form of words. To them I offer the optimism of […]
There will be more huffing and puffing about a second independence referendum – but don’t hold your breath, it isn’t coming soon
By Ray Perman, Director Next week’s Scottish National Party conference will provoke another flurry of speculation about the likelihood of a second referendum on independence, but it is unlikely we will get a date and it is possible the First Minister hasn’t yet made up her mind whether to call one at all. Nicola Sturgeon […]