Derek Mackay’s first budget as finance secretary is assailed from all sides – even his own. Scottish Conservatives label Scotland the highest-taxed part of the UK; Labour’s Kezia Dugdale endorses higher Scottish taxes as part of a federal-style devolution of revenue-raising powers. Leading economist David Eiser pondered deeper economic issues.
An open letter drafted by Christopher Silver and Peter Geoghegan, signed by many hundreds, condemning the encouragement of xenophobic actions and sentiments in the wake of the EU referendum on June 23 – not least by the Conservative party and government.
“Scotland voted decisively to Remain, England to Leave. Their interests do not coincide.” In the second of our podcasts three leading experts from the David Hume Institute discuss the implications – and examine what Scotland’s options are.
The results are in and, in the second part of our podcast (recorded beforehand), our experts look forward to the next five years with suitably sceptical views on the prospects for radical change.
The first of our series of podcasts explores issues at the forefront and behind the scenes of the 2016 election to the Scottish Parliament – and looks forward to the next five years of the Scottish Government with Nicola Sturgeon as first minister.
This magazine is now a year old: it needs support to grow and offer a richer variety of sceptical analysis and comment to, we hope, a wider audience.
Sceptical Scot celebrates its first birthday in March 2016. Here we look back on the five most read articles/blogs of 2015 and wish you all a happy new year.
Test your knowledge of this year’s Scottish news and public affairs with the 2015 Sceptical Scot Christmas quiz.