It’s heartening to see how conversations about national parks have moved on in the last few years. After two decades of scant attention, and despite the sustained efforts of dedicated campaigners, Scotland creating one new national park feels…Read more
Another Council Tax ‘Freeze’? A previous post here commented on the occasional lapse that all parties [ and some leading figures in those parties ] make when it comes to party conference time . Both Labour and Conservatives…Read more
One of the best short letters of the last week was in “ The Guardian “. That letter read [from memory] : “ How will the Tories be able to write policy statements when they have banned cigarettes”.…Read more
Today, ‘sustainability’ or ‘sustainable’ is a label plastered all over adverts for clothes, food, cosmetics, appliances, and other products as organisations claim that their sourcing of materials, or manufacturing or distribution process, are environmentally friendly. It is vital…Read more
We [ whether here in Scotland or throughout the UK] have some of the oldest and coldest houses in Europe . We can see that in the heat leakage data that is published – for example. As will…Read more
In 14 days John Swinney, the DFM and acting Finance Secretary, will announce his Scottish Budget for next year. His is not a task many would envy; he has already ‘re-purposed’ some budget heads earlier in the year;…Read more
- Parks for the planet; are we asking enough of our regional parks?
- ‘ History repeats itself, first as tragedy , second as farce’.
- Conference ‘Policies’ – often a slow burning problem ……
- John Swinney to Lord Hardie: ‘Ouchy Ouchy …’
- Can we bridge the Consumer Aspiration Gap?
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