This show is also coming to the Victory …

Comment posted Argyll tour: Italia ‘n’ Caledonia by Tim McIntyre.

This show is also coming to the Victory Hall, Benderloch on Saturday 24th March

Recent comments by Tim McIntyre

  • Swinney revaluation of business rates puts Lorn Arc TIF project at risk
    As you make clear with your ‘wet finger in the wind’ metaphor, the margin of error in any prediction of incremental increases in NDR resulting from TIF investments must surely be so large as to make a change of 5% insignificant, at least as far as the predictions are concerned?

    I can’t see how you can square a description of the process as an ‘almighty punt’ (which it clearly is) with use of words like ‘calibration’ and quibbles over a few percentage points of income.

    It’s also quite possible (conventional economic wisdom would suggest) that a that reduction of 5% in the business rates burden could encourage MORE businesses to set up within the TIF zones, and thereby create more income rather than less…

  • Baillie scores off a penalty as Swinney wisely back tracks on stamp duty
    “When needs she must, yet faintly then she praises,
    Somewhat the deed, much more the means she raises:
    So marreth what she makes, and praising most, dispraises.”

    - (with apologies to) Phineas Fletcher

    Of course it’s all moot, because the entire weight of the article rests on the premise contained in the first sentence, which is, er, entirely false. Ouch.

    The Scottish Government’s Land & Buildings Transaction Tax received Royal Assent in July 2013, due for introduction in April 2015. John Swinney announced the rates and bands in October 2014 following several rounds of public consultation.

    Chancellor George Osborne announced two months LATER, in his autumn statement, that he was reforming Stamp Duty, without any prior notice or consultation, to a fairly close imitation of LBTT – which as Swinney himself notes is the ‘sincerest form of flattery’.

    I’m afraid Jackie Baillie’s smirking ‘penalty shot’ went about 6 yards over the top of the bar…

  • Local MSP claims Argyll landowners ‘blight community progress’ and inflict ‘anti-democratic abuse’
    Huh? It’s not 2 million for the Stonehenge tunnel, it’s 2 Billion, which makes dualling the A9 look like exceptional value for money… probably save rather more lives in the long run, too.
  • Bitter alone, Salmond now a declared guerrilla leader in charge of government
    According to the Ashcroft poll, 14% of ‘No’ voters were specifically motivated by the ‘vow’. Added to the 45% who voted ‘Yes’, that’s a clear majority to see the Scottish Parliament’s powers beefed up substantially.

    Not the least of the problems facing the Westminster parties is the difference between the rhetoric flying around in the last few days before the vote, and what the ‘vow’ actually means, even supposing they can deliver it. Managing the expectations of an electorate which heard terms such as ‘Devo Max’ being used will be a challenge when they wake up to just how little has actually been promised.

    The ‘vow’ itself did not contain any new powers – it was just a timetable for delivering the Devo-Fudge proposals made back in April/May – different proposals from Labour & Tories, but neither amounted to much advance on what is coming down the line anyway by way of the Scotland Act 2012.

    Personally I’m pleased that Alex Salmond has come out fighting on behalf of all of us who voted for change either way – he more than anyone knows just how much noise you have to make to get the Westminster high-command to pay attention. There’s plenty excitement and hand-wringing still going on in London just now, but anyone who thinks that Scotland will stay high up the Westminster priority list once the conference season is over, and they go back to worrying about the Clacton by-election, the rise of UKIP and the 2015 general election is kidding themselves.

  • Bitter alone, Salmond now a declared guerrilla leader in charge of government
    richard – “…the Scotland Act 2012 and why have they never used any of the devolved powers”

    Er, perhaps because the provisions in the Scotland Act 2012 don’t come into force until 2016?

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