thinking allowed: musings on business, the economy and scottish politics @kevverage
Mr. & Mrs. Sturgeon know what they have to do to keep her in her very well-paying job with the fancy house. And this clip encapsulates it.
Well Anonymous,you would say that wouldn't Yoon.
Hi Kailyard rulesSeen as you have a made up stupid scottish name which deals in fiction do you really think the people on here take you seriously ?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kailyard_school
Hi Jamie. @ 9/9 13:05' Och, I just stravaiged back in.Surely nothing "on here" is taken seriously, as the content predominates with fiction,but thanks for linking to the Wikipedia thread for those perhaps not familiar with this area of Scottish Literature. An area much traduced by cringing academics. However, there is a new positive light being shone on the Kailyard with non bigoted revision.My kailyard, however, is my back yard where I can meet with people and blether away regarding the nonsense of chokka blog , Tomkins, the Labour branch office et al.. while sitting under a Saltire enjoying Scottish victuals.
Scottish First Minister and leader of party devoted to Scottish independence with mandate for indy ref talks about Scotland and Independence... *shrugs*Imagine for one second following Brexit and the fulfilling of her very narrow criteria for pushing for a second indyref- (a key element of the platform she stood on in May 2015)- imagine if Nicola Sturgeon ditched that pledge. If she said- meh- we were full square behind a remain vote but now we are just resigned to it. Lets just see what happens and weather the next decades of tory rule as best possible. Forget about independence. Where are those tax raising powers so we can mitigate more tory cuts whilst destroying the Scottish economy by making it uncompetitive. Where's that penny on income tax? While we are at it, what exactly is involved in the bill of rights the tories want to replace the European Human Rights Act with? And lets start figuring out how to protect the food and drink industry once we're out of the single market and the EU protection is gone so you can make Stornoway Black Pudding and Scotch Whisky anywhere you like. We are no longer going to have the same EU farm subsidies... lets make a few soundbites and hope for the best. As for the contribution EU nationals coming in make to the Scottish economy, the health service and boosting working age population during our century long flatline- we'll just have to soldier on. It will mean our GERS figures diverge ever more year on year with rUK but if we are not pushing for Indy- does it matter? Imagine if she took the Scottish Labour position or the Scottish Conservative Party or the Scottish Liberal Democrat position and said - the deed is done, the plane has hit the mountain and we'll just have to muddle on as best we can! Would you vote for her Kevin? I wouldn't. In fact I would cancel my membership and join another party willing to fight to keep us in the EU. So Nicola would lose my vote and the chances are she wouldn't gain yours. I can't imagine that alienating her core vote is a strategy she would entertain. Scottish Labour tried that and look what happened to them. Anyway- can I ask a question Kevin? I have been trying to access the meta-data from the most recent GERS figures and have hit a brick wall with the GERS enquiry person. I have the expenditure data (but not the revenues data) from 2014-2015 but nothing appears forthcoming this year. Have they just got rid of it? Cheers
TamAll the GERS data are there as previous years - see the xls spreadsheets you can download on SG site
KevinIt is not- I have a spreadsheet called Government Expenditure & Revenue Scotland 2014-2015: Expenditure Database from which the data for GERS is drawn. It gives more detail for example tells us what was attributed as a cost per year for the House of Lords and Commons.I can see that the UK House of Commons costs increased from £269,013,000 in 2013/14 to £653,848,000 in 2014/2015 and costs attributed to Scotland increased along similar lines (well, slightly less as population continues to diverge) from £22,357,000 to £54,129,000. During the same year the cost of the House of Lords increased only fractionally.Looking back at last years entry I no longer see this yet it exists.Unless I am being daft and it is there after all in which case sorry for wasting your time
KevinI meant to add- I can email you spreadsheet if I am not being clear. Don't worry- I am not one of the vile ones (well- I would say that!)I also can't see anything on the costs of the Wales parliament or the Northern Irish one- nada. Anyway- I always imagine folk on here want to tear my posts apart limb from limb but I am asking this because you have looked at the data more than I have.Plus - nothing much doing while we wait for article 50....CheersTam
Anonymous Tam Jardine said...I can see that the UK House of Commons costs increased from £269,013,000 in 2013/14 to £653,848,000 in 2014/2015 and costs attributed to Scotland increased along similar lines (well, slightly less as population continues to diverge) from £22,357,000 to £54,129,000. During the same year the cost of the House of Lords increased only fractionally.The House of Commons Staff Pension Scheme was merged with the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme which resulted in a charge of around £385 million, according to the parliamentary accounts: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-expenditure/Admin%20Annual%20Accounts/Administration_Annual_Accounts_2014_15.pdf Page 59.Whether that's the cause of the increase in GERS I don't know.
User512 Thanks- I thought it was too large an amount... wondered if it was linked to the issues with the building but your suggestion sounds more plausible. I have also managed to find the other data on NI and Wales... I await the GERS enquiry team responding to the data requestCheersTam
Kevin, did you see this? Relevant, I'd say.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-cognitive-science-behind-trumps-support_us_57f12fabe4b0972364deb6f1?rocoham
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