Barnett Formula, you’re fired. Full Fiscal Autonomy, you’re hired.

It’s fair to say that the principle of Full Fiscal Autonomy has not been receiving a favourable press in recent days. But that does not mean that the idea of Scotland achieving it’s financial independence is an idea worthy of provoking economical armageddon. In fact, long term especially, it is not just an luxurious proposition,…

The Americanisation of Scottish politics

Admittedly, I’m still absolutely struck by the enormity of Saturday’s major gathering of Scottish National Party members at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. The vast number of people, the musicality of the occasion and the emphatic volume of the message coming out from one of the world’s major exhibition venues secured the recognition and overall…

If you thought Alex was good, then you haven’t seen Nicola yet

Tonight, Scotland is under new leadership. Irvine born Nicola Sturgeon has become the youngest politician in Scottish political history to take up the post of First Minister of Scotland. And although she has just taken over from Alex Salmond, she is no unknown. Already a major household name within Scottish public life, Nicola has arguably…