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 […]
Nicola Sturgeon: Tory Brexit actions “an attack on very foundations” of devolution
This is a podcast extract – for a recording of the full speech see the audio link at the bottom of the page. The First Minister’s speech to the David Hume Institute on 28 February. Links to a television clip and a complete audio recording are at the bottom of the page. Photographs by courtesy of the […]
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 […]
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 […]